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Ancient & Epic Tales from Around the World



Heather Forest's artful prose and keen curatorial selection brings an array of ancient tales of adventure, quest and heroics to life for modern readers. This multicultural anthology presents pivotal episodes from epic tales such as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Ramayana, and more. The collection illuminates large-scale narratives that were passed on and preserved through the oral tradition long before being captured in written form by early scribes.


This collection of timeless stories includes Norse legends, Greek myths, Japanese folktales, Persian stories, Irish Ballads and Chinese lore. Offering a global overview, this anthology of concise retellings also provides endnotes with cultural and historical background to inspire readers' further inquiry into these enduring tales.



Heather Forest’s newest book Ancient and Epic Tales from around the World , published by August House, has recently won a 2017 Storytelling World Award, a Parent’s Choice Award, a NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publications Award), an Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award 2017, and is an INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist.