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Mythology: Norse Mythology, Greek Gods, Greek Mythology, Egyptian Gods, & Ancient Egypt

by Patrick Auerbach

Mythology can refer to the collected myths of a group of peopleâ??their collection of stories they tell to explain nature, history, and customsâ??or to the study of such myths.

As a collection of explanatory stories, mythology is a vital feature of every culture. Many sources for myths have been proposed, ranging from personification of nature or personification of natural phenomena, to truthful or hyperbolic accounts of historical events to explanations of existing rituals.

This book covers:

Norse Mythology

In this book you will find information, about Norse Mythology. Norse mythology, or Scandinavian mythology, is the body of mythology of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period.

Most of the knowledge used to create this book, is from the Icelandic historian and poet, Snorri Sturluson, who has written The Prose Edda around the year 1200.

The Norse gods and goddesses were loved by the Vikings. The Vikings came mainly from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Faroe Island, and Greenland.

Greek Gods

The ancient Greeks believed there were a great number of gods and goddesses. These gods had control over many different aspects of life on earth. In many ways they were very human. They could be kind or mean, angry or pleasant, cruel or loving. They fell in love with each other, argued with each other and even stole from each other.

The ancient Greeks built great temples and sanctuaries to their gods. They held festivals in their honour, with processions, sports, sacrifices and competitions. Stories of the gods’ exploits were told to children by their mothers and to large audiences by professional bards and storytellers. People today still enjoy hearing stories about the Greek gods.

This book tells the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage your imagination.

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. It was a part of the religion in ancient Greece. The Greeks were polytheistic in their religious beliefs. Polytheistic means they believed in and worshiped many different gods. Modern scholars refer to and study the myths in an attempt to shed light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.

Egyptian Gods

Worshiped for over three-fifths of recorded history, ancient Egypt’s Gods and Goddesses are among the most fascinating of human civilization.. The lives of pharaohs and commoners alike were dominated by the need to honor, worship, and pacify the huge pantheon of deities. From lavish tomb paintings and imposing temple reliefs to humble household shrines, countless tributes throughout Egypt reflect the richness and complexity of their mythology.

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt’s impact on later cultures was immense. You could say that Egypt provided the building blocks for Greek and Roman culture, and, through them, influenced all of the Western tradition. Today, Egyptian imagery, concepts, and perspectives are found everywhere; you will find them in architectural forms, on money, and in our day to day lives. Many cosmetic surgeons, for example, use the silhouette of Queen Nefertiti (whose name means “the beautiful one has come”) in their advertisements.

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The Celts: Blood, Iron and the Forgotten History of the Celts

by Patrick Auerbach

The Celts were a group of tribal societies tied by similar language, religion and culture in Iron Age and Medieval Europe. Celtic culture began to develop as early as 1200 BC and spread through migration to the British Isles, France and other parts of Europe.

“Celtic” refers to people descended from one of the current Celtic regions on the western extremities of Europe. Each of these regions has retained much of its indigenous culture and distinctive language throughout the centuries.

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Ancient Rome: A History From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Ancient Rome

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Rome is a city of myth and legend. The Eternal City, the city of the seven hills, the sacred city, the caput mundi, the center of the world, Roma, Rome, by any of her many names is a city built of history and blood, marble and water, war and conquest.

Inside you will read about…

â?? Legendary Beginnings
â?? The Senate and the People
â?? Ave Caesar
â?? Empire
â?? Rulers of the World
â?? The Fall
â?? Legacy

From legendary beginnings, a city rose from the swamp surrounded by the seven hills and split by the Tiber River. Built and rebuilt, a sacred republic and a divine empire, blessed by a thousand gods and by One, the story of her rise and fall has been told and retold for a thousand years and is still relevant in today’s world, as echoes of her ancient glory have shaped our culture, laws, lifestyle and beliefs in subtle and pervasive ways.

World War 1: The Four Years That Shaped History (World War I, WWI, World War One, Great War, First World War, Soldier Stories)

by Patrick Auerbach

The First World War killed 17 million people, traumatised a generation, overturned old empires and changed the world’s political order – and yet its origins often seem obscure.

World War One: The global conflict that defined a century
In late June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. An escalation of threats and mobilization orders followed the incident, leading by mid-August to the outbreak of World War I, which pitted Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (the so-called Central Powers) against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan (the Allied Powers). The Allies were joined after 1917 by the United States. The four years of the Great War-as it was then known-saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction, thanks to grueling trench warfare and the introduction of modern weaponry such as machine guns, tanks and chemical weapons. By the time World War I ended in the defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918, more than 9 million soldiers had been killed and 21 million more wounded.

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My War: The Story Of A Reluctant Soldier

by Gene Opfer

In the year 1966 the Vietnam War was raging. The last thing I wanted to be was a soldier! There wasn’t much choice. Even today, regardless of our maturity, we boys legally become men at the age of eighteen. As a legal man in 1966 we became eligible to be drafted into the Army. There are some guys who dream about being a soldier. Not me. I didn’t play soldier as a kid, and I definitely didn’t want to do it as an adult. I did have some options to avoid being drafted. I could hide somewhere and hope that the draft board couldn’t find me. I could move to another country and give up my United States citizenship. I could go to college. Going to college would postpone my being drafted until I graduated or flunked out. I could get married and make babies really fast. Lastly, I could play a game called the dummy. After laboring over these options I decided that I was too much of a coward to hide. If I got caught I would go to jail. I wasn’t willing to give up my citizenship, and I was terrible at school! To make matters worse, nobody wanted to marry me and make babies! I chose to play the dummy game. Here is how you play. When the dummy sees a disaster coming right at him he ignores it. Basically he does nothing until the disaster slams into him. That was my strategy for avoiding the draft. How dumb was that? I said to myself, “It won’t happen to me.” Then I did nothing to stop it. Guess what? Not only did I get drafted, I got drafted into an all volunteer branch of the military called the Marine Corps. Getting drafted into the Marine Corps was unheard of. Nobody gets drafted into the Marine Corps, but I did! Do you know what the Marine Corps motto is? It’s First To Fight! You can probably guess what that motto means! It means first to die! Believe me, I was aware of that motto.
My story is not a shoot them up account of a Marine war hero. It is the story of a reluctant, but very lucky Marine during the Vietnam War. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you into this chapter of my life. It’s a great story!

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