Great Mythologies of the World : The Great Courses: World Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Grant L. Voth, Professor Julius H. Bailey, Professor Kathryn McClymond, Professor Robert André LaFleur
  • Series: The Great Courses: World Literature
  • 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.
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Interesting subject, too much popular culture

What did you like most about Great Mythologies of the World?

The best part about this course is that it covers a very wide range of mythology, and if gives you the chance to see connections between all these different areas and times yourself. I also like how they don't try to push aspects of myths into standard categories, instead they give open look into myth.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

The musical introduction part between the different chapters is very annoying, and enormously sensational. I really can't see why this is necessary, as it doesn't suit the rest of the content. Another reason why I didn't like the way in which the information is brought to you, is the connections made to popular culture. It felt childish, and as someone who doesn't really like the whole celebrity culture, I often didn't even know what they were talking about. Perhaps this is good for young children, but not for young adults and adults. Also the tone of speaking is quite childish, but perhaps I saw the great courses wrongly as meant for adults.


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- Celia

Worth Getting if You're Interested in Mythology

What did you like most about Great Mythologies of the World?

This audiobook is a great overview of world mythology. It contains lectures (of around 30-40 minutes long) on mythology from Greece, Rome, The Norse, The Bible, Egypt, Celtic Ireland, The Middle East, The Far East, Africa and The Americas.

Prior to this course I knew very little about mythology. I am keen to learn more about mythology and religion at the moment because I want to increase my mythological and religious literacy so that I am better placed to appreciate some of the great works of world literature. I have learnt much from this course. I particularly enjoyed learning about Western mythology because I mostly read Western Literature. I also enjoyed learning about the similarities and differences between one culture and another.

I have listened to 30ish different courses from The Great Courses now, and my favorite courses multiple times. I don't like to be a hater but the lecturer on African Mythology really seemed out of his depth (I honestly wondered if he was standing in for someone else). The other professors spoke confidently, as though they were talking to a group without any notes, yet still managing to be methodical and enthralling. Professor Bailey was obviously reading word for word from a script. He constantly got words mixed up and his regular mid-clause pauses were very off-putting.

Additionally, the structure of the African lectures was poor; whereas the other professors expanded of the myths by giving historical, political and cultural contexts and exploring the possible interpretations and the implications of the myths, Professor Bailey seemed to change the subject every 2 minutes, seemingly hellbent on getting through all of the African Myths ever created with far too little time for building the context, interpretation, and the impact the myth had on the various cultures of Africa. Consequently, after the third or forth lecture from him, I had to hop over to The Far East.

I still got about a days worth of good lectures, and overall I am happy with that. If you want to learn more about the various heroes, ancient gods and how the various ancient peoples of the world came up with explanations for the big questions then this is for you.


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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-08-2015
  • Publisher: The Great Courses