In Search of Myths & Heroes

Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520247246

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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The author goes in search of four of the most famous myths in the world--Shangri-la, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail--journeying to some of the most remote regions on Earth, including Western Tibet, the mountains of Geo
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In Search of the Trojan War

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520215993

Category: History

Page: 288

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Tales of Troy and its heroes--Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen--have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations. This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city. Tales of Troy and its heroes--Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen--have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations. This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city.
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Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell

In Search of the Modern Myth

Author: Stephen Rauch

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781592242122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

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The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as "Living in a Desacralized World," "The Relationship of Dreams and Myth in Campbell, Jung, and Gaiman's Sandman," "Humanization, Change, and Rebirth: The Hero's Journey," "The Role of the Artist and the Art of Storytelling," and more. A fascinating journey behind the comics work of one of the most interesting and challenging popular writers of today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth is the book which Gaiman's fans have been waiting for!
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In Search Of The First Civilizations

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448141648

Category: History

Page: 224

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Five thousand years ago there began the most momentous revolution in human history. Starting in Mesopotamia, city civilization emerged for the first time on earth, to be followed in Egypt, India, China and the Americas. The ideals of these ancient civilizations still shape the lives of the majority of mankind. In Search of the First Civilizations (previously published as Legacy) asks the intriguing question: what is civilization? Did it mean the same to the Chinese, the Indians and the Greeks? What can the values of the ancient cultures teach us today? And do the ideals of the West - a latecomer to civilization - really have universal validity? In this fascinating historical search, Michael Wood explores these ancient cultures, looking for their essential character and their continuing legacy. A brilliant exploration. Sunday Times Well-written, gorgeous and guaranteed to induce thought... Wood takes great care to put everything in a large historical perspective, which is actually more disturbing than comforting. New York Post
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Das grosse Buch der klassischen Mythen

Herkules, Dionysos, Ödipus, Odysseus, Troja, goldenes Vlies, Aphrodite, Sigurd

Author: Edith Hamilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442217236

Category:

Page: 502

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The Mythology of Sleep

The Waking Power of Dreams

Author: Kari Hohne

Publisher: Way of Tao Books

ISBN: 0981977901

Category: Dreams

Page: 246

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There are timeless healing messages hidden in our ancient stories. The Mythology of Sleep: The Waking Power of Dreams is a groundbreaking look at the hero's journey through the dreamscape. Just as myths are stories about heroes in search of their destiny, the fantastic landscapes and cryptic symbols appearing in dreams present clues about our real identity. As if some aspect of the mind has an understanding that transcends time and self-awareness, the journey always awakens us to our full potential. Approaching dreams as the hero's journey through a landscape of wellness, this self-help book makes healing an adventure, and presents a new dimension in the study of dream interpretation.
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In Search of British Heroes

Author: Tony Robinson

Publisher: Channel 4 Book

ISBN: 9780752215327

Category: History

Page: 224

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In search of British Heroes is the story of a quest; a jouney into history and across contemporary Britain to discover the truth about five legendary figures. Boudica, Macbeth, King Harold, William Wallace better known as Braveheart and Robin Hood come to us as a mixture of fact and fiction. They are larger-than-life. Their lives and sometimes tragic deaths symbolise something greater than themselves. From the Roman invasion to the Age of Chivalry, they mark milestones in British history and the British Character. Tony Robinson sets out on a journey across the country to retrace the stories of the real people behind these legends, to find out where they lived, loved and fought. In going behind the offical story, he not only uncovers even more remarkable facts about some of the greatest Britons who ever lived, but also shows them to be truly local heroes: legends who lived on our doorsteps, who have left their mark not only in the annals but beneath our factories, fields and schools. These heroes belong to a shared heritage and this is a shared journey. Maps and directions enable readers to make the quest with Tony as he burns away the mist of time to reveal the flesh-and-blood characters behind the ghosts that still haunt every corner of our country and culture. In Search of British Heroes accompanies the televsion series Fact or Fiction produced by Spire Films for Channel 4.
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In Search of the Lost Feminine

Decoding the Myths that Radically Reshaped Civilization

Author: Craig S. Barnes

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555914899

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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Here, for the first time, an author weaves together threads that explain the mysterious disappearance of ancient cultures in which women and the environment were at the center, a loss that has dramatically influenced 3,500 years of Western history.
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In Search of New England's Native Past

Selected Essays

Author: Gordon M. Day,Michael K. Foster,William Cowan

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558491519

Category: History

Page: 328

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This volume highlights the work of the late Gordon M. Day, renowned for his research on the history and culture of the Western Abenakis and their Indian neighbours. Synthesizing data from fragmentary historical records, oral traditions and place names, Day reconstructs New England's native past.
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Myths and Legends of the British Isles

Author: Richard W. Barber

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157481

Category: Social Science

Page: 572

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A mythology for the islands of Britain.
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Lords of the Scrolls: Literary Traditions in the Bible and Gospels

Author: Donald K. Sharpes

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820478494

Category: History

Page: 394

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"Lords of the Scrolls" analyzes ancient literary sources to show how biblical and gospel scribes borrowed and imitated themes from earlier literature to create heroic legends around Hebrew figures and Jesus. Comparisons between the "Epic of Gilgamesh; Enuma Elish;" Canaanite, Egyptian, and Greek legends; Homeric epics; the histories of Herodotus; and selected biblical and gospel passages reveal thematic and literary similarities. Tracing literary classics from the birth of writing to the first millennium of the modern era, this book demonstrates that Hebrew scribes used previous literature to establish a national identity, and that gospel scribes borrowed heavily from Homer to create epic legends around the person of Jesus.
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In Quest of the Hero

Author: Otto Rank,Alan Dundes

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691020624

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

View: 2008

In Quest of the Hero makes available for a new generation of readers two key works on hero myths: Otto Rank's Myth of the Birth of the Hero and the central section of Lord Raglan's The Hero. Amplifying these is Alan Dundes's fascinating contemporary inquiry, "The Hero Pattern and the Life of Jesus." Examined here are the patterns found in the lore surrounding historical or legendary figures like Gilgamesh, Moses, David, Oedipus, Odysseus, Perseus, Heracles, Aeneas, Romulus, Siegfried, Lohengrin, Arthur, and Buddha. Rank's monograph remains the classic application of Freudian theory to hero myths. In The Hero the noted English ethnologist Raglan singles out the myth-ritualist pattern in James Frazer's many-sided Golden Bough and applies that pattern to hero myths. Dundes, the eminent folklorist at the University of California at Berkeley, applies the theories of Rank, Raglan, and others to the case of Jesus. In his introduction to this selection from Rank, Raglan, and Dundes, Robert Segal, author of the major study of Joseph Campbell, charts the history of theorizing about hero myths and compares the approaches of Rank, Raglan, Dundes, and Campbell.
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Myth

A Biography of Belief

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195161052

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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This text explores classic works such as the Song of Songs to reveal the cultural energies that ancient mythmakers sought to corral in their creations. Leeming suggests that myth and factual knowledge do not negate, but complement each other.
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The World of Myth

An Anthology

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019987896X

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."
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The Mythical Organisation

Author: Graham Galer

Publisher: Triarchy Press Limited

ISBN: 095576811X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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The word `myth' has become synonymous with `untrue': in today's rational world, myths are always distrusted and frequently debunked. But myths should not be so easily dismissed. In The Mythical Organisation, Graham Galer identifies the existence of modern-day myths, including myths that have grown up around the British National Health Service, the BBC and climate change. He argues that their creation and development are driven by an underlying and often unconscious need to explain and maintain the social order. Drawing on his experience in scenario planning at Royal Dutch/Shell and in South Africa under apartheid, Galer provides insight and commentary on the importance of myth for social stability and the role myth has to play in changing public opinion and stimulating action. He demonstrates that a myth is not only a means of exploring the past but that it also provides a shared experience that allows us to examine the present and imagine the future. The Mythical Organisation is written for managers in large organisations, as well as for those lecturing or studying in the fields of business management - especially organisational studies and politics.
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Mythology

The Voyage of the Hero

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198028109

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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What makes something mythic? What do mythic events and narratives have to do with us? In Mythology, David Leeming offers an unusual and effective approach to the subject of mythology by stressing universal themes through myths of many cultures. This anthology collects a wide array of narrative texts from the Bible to English literature to interpretations by Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and others, which illustrate how myths serve whole societies in our universal search for meaning. Leeming illustrates the various stages or rites of passage of the mythic universal hero, from birth to childhood, through trial and quest, death, descent, rebirth, and ascension. The arrangement of texts by themes such as "Childhood, Initiation and Divine Signs," "The Descent to the Underworld," and "Resurrection and Rebirth" strip mythic characters of their many national and cultural "masks" to reveal their archetypal aspects. Real figures, including Jesus and Mohammed, are also included underlining the theory that myths are real and can be applied to real life. This edition is updated to include additional heroine myths, as well as Navajo, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and African tales.
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Encyclopedia of Folk Heroes

Author: Graham Seal

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576072169

Category: Reference

Page: 347

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Entries describe the origins and deeds of folk heroes as they have existed in folktales, songs, oral tradition, and other folklore genres.
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Mythology in the Middle Ages: Heroic Tales of Monsters, Magic, and Might

Heroic Tales of Monsters, Magic, and Might

Author: Christopher R. Fee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313027250

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

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Placing heroes from a wide range of medieval traditions shoulder to shoulder, this title provides the opportunity to examine what is common across medieval mythic, legendary, and folkloric traditions, as well as what seems unique. • Each chapter begins with historical context, includes examination of key terms, and ends with suggestions for further reading • A chronology and bibliography are also included
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Celtic Gods and Heroes

Author: Marie-Louise Sjoestedt

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486115887

Category: History

Page: 144

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Noted French scholar and linguist discusses gods of the continental Celts, beginnings of mythology in Ireland, Irish mother-goddesses and chieftain-gods, and heroes.
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