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A Short History Of Myth

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A Short History Of Myth by Karen Armstrong
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Human beings have always been mythmakers. 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. 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 why we dismiss it only at our peril.

Author Biography

Karen Armstrong is one of Britain's most renowned religious and social commentators. KAREN ARMSTRONG'S first book, the best-selling Through the Narrow Gate (1981), described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has published numerous books, including A History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages, A History of Jerusalem and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis. Her more recent works include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Since 1982 she has been a freelance writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.
Release date Australia
October 21st, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Canongate Books Ltd
Pages
168
Series
Dimensions
139x206x20
ISBN-13
9781841956442
Product ID
1935234

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