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A Short History of Myth
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date October 21, 2005
Pages 208
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781841956442
ISBN-10 1841956449
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $21.65
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' over years and the discrediting of myth by science. This book aims to serve as a thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This brilliant, readable synthesis of the history of mythology and the function it serves to humanity is the launch title of the groundbreaking publishing event, The Myths. oHuman beings have always been mythmakers.o So begins Karen ArmstrongÆs concise yet compelling investigation into 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 right up to the oGreat Western Transformationo 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 attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, ArmstrongÆs characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense -- and explains why if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Canongate Books Ltd (November 9, 2005)
9781841957166 | details & prices | 159 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Human beings have always been mythmakers.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Karen Armstrong | from Canongate Books Ltd (October 21, 2005)
9781841956442 | details & prices | 208 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $21.65
About: Human beings have always been mythmakers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781841958002
 
Reprint edition from Canongate Books Ltd (October 12, 2006)
9781841958002 | details & prices | 159 pages | 4.80 × 7.60 × 0.60 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $14.00
About: The author of The History of God and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis offers a useful, well-written introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the 'Great Western Transformation' that used science to discredit myth.
CD/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (September 28, 2006)
9781423321071 | details & prices | List price $14.99
With Sandra Burr (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (October 21, 2005)
9781423307693 | details & prices | 6.00 × 5.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Offers an introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the 'great western transformation' that used science to discredit myth.
With Sandra Burr (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio Lib Edn (October 21, 2005)
9781423307709 | details & prices | 6.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $62.25
About: Offers an introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the 'great western transformation' that used science to discredit myth.
With Sandra Burr (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (October 21, 2005)
9781423307716 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Offers an introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the 'great western transformation' that used science to discredit myth.
With Sandra Burr (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio Lib Edn (October 21, 2005)
9781423307723 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.24 lbs | List price $39.25
About: Offers an introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the 'great western transformation' that used science to discredit myth.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781423307679 Book cover for 9781423321064
 
Unabridged edition from Paperback Nova (September 28, 2006)
9781423321064 | details & prices | List price $7.99
About: What are myths?
With Sandra Burr (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (October 21, 2005)
9781423307679 | details & prices | 4.00 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Traces the evolution of myth from the Palaeolithic period through the twentieth century, explaining what myth is, and discussing its importance to civilizations throughout history.

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