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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (26 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500282498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282496
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Gimbutas has not only prepared a fundamental glossary of pictorial keys to the mythology of the otherwise undocumented era of European prehistory, but has established the main themes of a religion in veneration both of the universe as a living body of Goddess-Mother Creatrix and of all the living things within it as partaking in her divinity' - from the foreword by Joseph Campbell"

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Marija Gimbutas was professor of European archaeology at UCLA. She wrote over twenty books, including Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Sproston on 25 May 2012
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This is a fascinating book. A detailed analysis of decorative themes and symbols to be found on ancient sculptures and pottery, relating to the widespread worship of the Mother Goddess in pre-Indo-European Turkey and Europe. A comprehensive explanation of decorative patterns, as important in its own way as the analysis of hieroglyphics. An excellent source book for artists and sculptors.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 1998
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Although difficult to get through some sections, I found the pictures and graphics wonderful and the undeniable female influence on our earliest history came through without any sexist or biased undertones. Men as well as women would benefit from reading this book, if not from cover to cover at least the high points and the last two chapters. And any mother of a young woman should consider this book for a special gift to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on 17 Sept. 2013
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Book is brilliant! Whoever interested in neolithic should have this book. Marija Gimbutas has shown us ones more that she is one of the most educated scientist in this field.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Le Tigre on 23 Feb. 2009
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I firmly believe this should be compulsory reading in high schools so that girls build a strong sense of self the same way that boys do so surrounded by the male historic and spiritual values of our modern society.

It is slightly frustrating, to say the least, that thousand year old civilisations centered around feminine spirituality have just disintegrated.
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