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  - Kate - Goodreads

A slightly helpful book that, in a mere 150 pages or so, gives an overview of the role of myth in human existence. Slightly helpful in that, it does give the reader a sense of how myth has functioned ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Маргарита - Goodreads

Have you noticed how most of the stories one reads / watches follow the structure of the myth? Or are based on a myth? Or connected to a myth? That is because the human race is a race of storytellers ... Read full review


What is a Myth?
The Mythology
The Mythology
The Early Civilisations
The Axial Age c 800 to 200 BCE
The PostAxial Period c 200 BCE to
The Great Western Transformation

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About the author (2004)

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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