What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so
desperately need them?
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. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the
myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation"
of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by
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.
a oeWitty, informative and contemplative: Ms. Armstrong can
simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.a - New York
Times Book Review
a oeArmstrong writes with sensitivity and wisdom. She employs a
breadth of learning that reflects the scintillating, shifting light
and shade of human experience.a - The Times
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