Storytelling in the forms of mythologies, fairy tales, and fables abound around the world regardless of culture, religion, or region. These stories attempt to teach readers lessons, entertain, provide guidance, or even provide answers or reasons for human nature and existence. Regardless of why you read them, these stories highlighted in this guide will transport you to various times and places around the world at the turn of a page (or the click of a mouse if you are an eBook reader).
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Robin Lane Fox begins with the lost empire of Turkey whose myths of creation were to influence the Greeks. In Crete, he visits the birthplace of the supreme Greek God Zeus, and at Delphi he pinpoints the moment when Euboean tales were transformed into the great poetry of Hesiod and Homer. A BBC Production.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptions have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This production however is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach. The story takes place in present day Hollywood - a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called “The Dream Factory,” and like the world of Shakespeare’s Dream, it’s a place where fantasy and reality collide. In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann’s rapturous reimagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, as well as a pulsing original soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.
Crash Course Mythology with Mike Rugnetta is part of a popular, informative YouTube Series, Crash Course, originally started by brothers John and Hank Green as a way to offer options for education on the video platform. Crash Course was one of the initial channels funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. You can learn more about Crash Course by visiting their website here: https://thecrashcourse.com/