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 rather nice overview. - Goodreads
It reads like fresh insight on an age-old question. - Goodreads
A non-academic text by a non-academic writer. - Goodreads

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

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I've read all of Karen Armstrong's books and always learn so much. She is truly gifted. Read full review

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

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Myths came into my life at an early age in the form of bedtime stories and they have remained relevant to my life only in the context of my childhood memories. I don't really think I can look at them ... Read full review


What is a Myth?
The Mythology
The Mythology
The Early Civilisations
The Axial Age 0 800 to 200 B012
The PostAXial Period 0 200 BCE to
The Great Western Transformation

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About the author (2005)

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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