A Short History of Myth

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Canongate Books, 31.10.2004. - 168 страница
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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I've felt that some of Karen Armstrong's books -- most notably "A History of God" -- tried to do too much in too little space, but "A Short History of Myth" is a beautifully economical little text. I ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Armstrong continues to be one of my favorite religion writers. This slim book is a shallow overview of how myths developed and how they changed as societies evolved and needed stories which fit their ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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What is a Myth?
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The Mythology
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The Mythology
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The Early Civilisations
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The Axial Age c 800 to 200 BCE
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The PostAxial Period c 200 BCE to
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The Great Western Transformation
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References
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Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs, and has been described by the Financial Times as 'one of our best living writers on religion'. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, before leaving for a career as a writer and broadcaster. Armstrong is the best-selling author of over 20 books and a passionate campaigner for religious liberty, and has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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