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The Mythic Image

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A paperback edition of Campbell's major study of the mythology of the world's high civilizations over five millennia. It includes nearly 450 illustrations. The text is the same as that of the 1974 edition.

Mythologist Joseph Campbell was a masterful storyteller, able to weave tales from every corner of the world into compelling, even spellbinding, narratives. His interest i
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 21st 1981 by Princeton University Press (first published 1974)
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Barnaby Thieme
Sep 04, 2009 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing
I'm delighted to find at last a book by Campbell that I can recommend without hesitation. The format of this book is a superb fit with his jump-around style. In this lavishly and beautifully illustrated book, Campbell takes several core mythological symbols and explores how they have been used in different cultures. Many of the parallels he demonstrates are fascinating and extraordinary, and his gargantuan knowledge of comparative mythology is on full display. Every page contains at least one ...more
Feb 02, 2008 Dickson rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book on imagery and dreams which are at the root of mythology. I imagine everyone who has written, or thought about writing a screenplay, has this book on the shelf--421 black and white illustrations.
Apr 17, 2008 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Campbell's ability to capture the vast mythological histories of varying cultures continually amazes me. This book has it all, including a plethora of illustrations and art. I could re-read for a lifetime and never remember it all!
Aug 17, 2011 giao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i will continue to keep this near me as a guide for the study of the conscious and unconscious self and culture. Highly recommend.
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Nov 10, 2015 Nikita Skiba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прекрасная книга, даже жаль, что дочитал её. Лучшего обзора по всем мифологиям мира с проведением параллелей, аналогий, анализом причин возникновения тех или иных элементов различных традиций я не встречал. Превосходный стиль изложения и множество иллюстраций, с собственными, иногда многостраничными пояснительными комментариями. Рекомендую всем, кто интересуется мифологией и философией религий. Разбираются многочисленные заимствования в христианстве и приводятся примеры истоков заимствований, ...more
Dec 20, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
I really was not sure how to rate this book. It is a very interesting book but it is mainly images of mythic figures throughout the ages and cultures and brief explanations of their significance. Read this if you want to delve into comparative mythology, or if you are an art history major.
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Love a book that is mostly pictures of incredible ancient artwork! A must read for anyone interested in religious artwork of all kinds.
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Sep 09, 2009 Sur Cur Lengel rated it liked it
Campbell says, "Follow your bliss!" This has meaning for me; although I prefer this stunning line from Mark Strand: "Each moment is a place you've never been."
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Joseph John Campbell was an American mythology professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion.
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