A Short History of Myth

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Canongate U.S., 2005 - Social Science - 159 pages
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“Human beings have always been mythmakers.” So begins best-selling writer Karen Armstrong’s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other. Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense—and explains why if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.

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A very nice, readable overview. - Goodreads
Overall: educational and well-written. - Goodreads
A non-academic text by a non-academic writer. - Goodreads

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Amazing in everything- choice of words, structure, and information. Everything you need to know about myth from the very existence of man till today, in comparison to religion, science and technology! You think you know what "Myth" is, well read this book to find out. Read full review

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

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Concise and beautiful. One to return to. 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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Page 159 - George Steiner, Real Presences: Is There Anything in What We Say? (London: Faber, 1989), esp. 34-7. The issue is taken up, from a different point of view, in the essay by Timothy Clark below. scientific 'fact'.

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Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs in both Britain and the United States. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and received a degree at Oxford University.

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