A Short History of Myth

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Canongate U.S., 2005 - Social Science - 159 pages
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This brilliant, readable synthesis of the history of mythology and the function it serves to humanity is the launch title of the groundbreaking publishing event, "The Myths." "Human beings have always been mythmakers." So begins 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. Myths help us make sense of the universe. 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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Review: A Short History of Myth (Canongate Myths #1)

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An interesting short introduction to the history of myth. I was particularly taken by Armstrong's suggestion that the novel has filled the void left by modern society's abandonment of mythology. Yet ... Read full review

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

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Contents

What is a Myth?
1
The Mythology
12
The Mythology
41
The Early Civilisations
58
The Axial Age c 800 to 200 BCE
79
The PostAxial Period c 200 BCE to
104
The Great Western Transformation
119
References
151
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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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