A Short History of Myth: Text Myth Series

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Text Publishing Company, 06.09.2010. - 168 страница
'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 Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right through to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 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 link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe.

Heralding a major series retelling international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliantly thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense-and why, if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.

'Witty, informative and contemplative: Ms Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.' New York Times Book Review

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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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Коментар посетиоца странице  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

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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О аутору (2010)

Karen Armstrong was born in Worcestershire. She spent seven years in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus during the 1960s and later wrote a tell-all book, Through the Narrow Gate (1982), that bemoaned the restrictive life. She explored what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common in A History of God (1993), Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (1996) and The Battle for God (2000), which all focus on what unites the three great monotheistic faiths. Her more recent books include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Armstrong teaches Christianity at London's Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism. She lives in London.

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