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Full title Words from the Myths [permalink]
Language English
Authors Isaac Asimov (author) and William Barss (illustrator)
Publisher Signet Books
Category Language
Publication year 1969
Original publication year 1961
ISBN 978-0451166869 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 134
Synopsis

The book explains Greek mythology and its relationship to the English language in the form of its words ('chaos', 'cosmos', 'gigantic', 'atlas', 'ocean', 'Europe', 'cereal', 'phobia', 'demon', 'martial', 'vulcano', 'jovial', 'music', 'hygiene', 'siren', 'hubris', 'nemesis'). Asimov describes a lot of Greek mythology in-depth, but primarily for the purpose of explaining the origins and meanings of those words (and many others). He covers the titans, the Olympians, monsters, heroes and the siege of Troy.

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Beginning
  • 2 The Titans
  • 3 The Olympians
  • 4 The Children of Zeus
  • 5 Demigods and Monsters
  • 6 Tales of Men
  • 7 The Heroes
  • 8 The Siege of Troy
  • Epilogue
  • General Index
  • Mythological Index
Full title Words in Genesis [permalink]
Language English
Authors Isaac Asimov (author) and William Barss (illustrator)
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Categories History, religion and science
Publication year 1962
Pages 233
Synopsis

Asimov explains, as the book is titled, the words in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

Review

This is actually more than simply a list and explanation of the words used in Genesis. It goes into great detail into important verses in Genesis, explaining the history behind the verses as well as the etymologies of the words used (Asimov was Jewish by descent and spoke Yiddish, which helps). There are even appendices with maps of the relevant areas of the time, and genealogies of antediluvian (pre-Flood) and postdiluvian patriarchs.

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  • Author's Note
  • Introduction — The Bible
  • 1 In the Beginning
  • 2 The Garden of Eden
  • 3 The Descendants of Adam
  • 4 The Flood
  • 5 Abraham
  • 6 Isaac
  • 7 Jacob
  • 8 Joseph
  • Appendices
  • Index

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