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Cosmos and history : the myth of the eternal return

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: New York : Harper, 1959.
Series: Harper torchbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Eliade
OCLC Number: 375325
Notes: Translation of Le mythe de l'éternel retour.
Description: 176 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Archetypes and repetition --
The regeneration of time --
Misfortune and history --
The terror of history.
Series Title: Harper torchbooks.
Other Titles: Mythe de l'éternel retour.
Responsibility: Mircea Eliade ; translated from the French by Willard R. Trask.

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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text.

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