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“What Armstrong does in her skid over the millennia is make comparisons, connections, and contrasts in a way that cannot fail to enlighten the general reader. What myth once did, novels now do . . . Myths are narratives: as she eloquently says, we shouldn't be done with them yet.” Nicolas Lezard, The Guardian
A Short History of Myth
978-1-84195-800-2 • $16.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2006
“A Short History of Myth is a handy stand-alone overview of the ever-evolving partnership between myth and man from Paleolithic times to the present. Succinct and cleanly written, it is hugely readable and, in its journey across the epochs of human experience, often moving.” The New York Times Book Review
Karen Armstrong is among the world’s leading thinkers on human belief systems and this concise, clear, absorbing primer on the history and manifestations of mythology has emerged as a definitive text on the subject.
Armstrong guides us from the Paleolithic 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 science. The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity, and our attempts to understand the world link us to our ancestors and to one another. Myths help us make sense of the universe.
Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest senseand why if we dismiss it we do so at our peril.