A Short History of Myth

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Canongate Books, Oct 31, 2004 - Social Science - 168 pages
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Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years. She shows us that the history of myth is the history of humanity, and our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe, and of ourselves. Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
  

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Review: A Short History of Myth (Canongate Myths #1)

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

As a Composition Instructor with a rhetorical background, I enjoyed this much. If the subtitle of Armstrong's 'A Short History of Myth' had been 'A Rhetorical Approach', I think that would have been ... Read full review

Review: A Short History of Myth (Canongate Myths #1)

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Ms Armstrong has written a brief summary of myth from the Paleothic period to modern day. I found her inclusion and description of different female deities enlightening. I also thought her summary of ... Read full review

Contents

What is a Myth?
1
The Mythology
13
The Mythology
43
The Early Civilisations
63
The Axial Age c 800 to 200 BCE
83
The PostAxial Period c 200 BCE to
109
The Great Western Transformation
125
References
157
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Karen Armstrong's first book, the best-selling Through the Narrow Gate (1981), described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has published numerous books, including A History of God, and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis. Her more recent works include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Since 1982 she has been a freelance writer and broadcaster.She lives in London.

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