9781841958002

A Short History of Myth

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  • ISBN13:

    9781841958002

  • ISBN10:

    184195800X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-10-09
  • Publisher: Canongate U.S.

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Summary

“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.

Table of Contents

What is a Myth?
1(11)
The Palaeolithic Period: The Mythology of the Hunters (c. 20000 to 8000 BCE)
12(29)
The Neolithic Period: The Mythology of the Farmers (c. 8000 to 4000 BCE)
41(17)
The Early Civilisations (c. 4000 to 800 BCE)
58(21)
The Axial Age (c. 800 to 200 BCE)
79(25)
The Post-Axial Period (c. 200 BCE to c. 1500 CE)
104(15)
The Great Western Transformation (c. 1500 to 2000)
119(32)
References 151

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