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A short history of myth

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Human beings have always been mythmakers. Theologian Armstrong here investigates 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, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 1841956449 9781841956442 184195716X 9781841957166 1841957232 9781841957234 184195800X 9781841958002 1841957038 9781841957036
OCLC Number: 63186719
Description: 165 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: What is a myth? --
Palaeolithic Period : Mythology of the hunters (c. 20000 to 8000 BCE) --
Neolithic Period : Mythology of the farmers (c. 8000 to 4000 BCD) --
Early civilisations (c. 4000 to 800 BCE) --
Axial Age (c. 800 to 200 BCE) --
Post-Axial Period (c. 200 BCE to c. 1500 CE) --
Great Western Transformation (c. 1500 to 2000).
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.
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Remarkable for its compressions, brevity and range, this book gives an account of myth from 20,000 years ago. * The Times * What Armstrong does in her skid over the millennia is make comparisons, Read more...

 
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