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The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life

The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Luc Ferry
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More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

Heroes, gods, and mortals. The Greek myths are the founding narratives of Western civilization: to understand them is to know the origins of philosophy, literature, art, science, law, and more. Indeed, as Luc Ferry shows in this masterful book, they remain a great store of wisdom, as relevant to our lives today as ever before. No mere legends or clichés ("Herculean task," "Pandora's box," "Achilles heel," etc.), these classic stories offer profound and manifold lessons, providing the first sustained attempt to answer fundamental human questions concerning "the good life," the burden of mortality, and how to find one's place in the world. Vividly retelling the great tales of mythology and illuminating fresh new ways of understanding them, The Wisdom of the Myths will enlighten readers of all ages.

About the Author

Luc Ferry a philosopher and the internationally bestselling author of A Brief History of Thought. From 2002-2004 he served as French Minister of National Education. He has won numerous awards, including the Prix Médicis, Prix Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, and Prix Aujourdhui, in addition to being an officer of the French Legion of Honor and a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lives in Paris.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062215450
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (7 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB361G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 17 Mar 2014
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So often, the Ancient Greek myths are re-told to give a timeless spin to some modern event or other. The beauty of Ferry's book is that it presents the myths as a metaphysical unity - the struggle of maintaining the cosmos against the ever-present threat of chaos and the tendency of man to be an agent of that chaos. As such, the myths take on new life and meaning because their context is restored. What used to be (for me) a lot of picturesque individual stories now have the cohesive power of a philosophy of life. Ferry has caused me to re-think many of my assumptions - particularly around the meaning of Apollo's exhortation to 'Know Thyself' and 'Nothing to Excess' - and to see hubris as the enemy of the 'good life'. The adventures of Odysseus could serve as a metaphor for our individual life journey, if only we are awake enough to realise it. Not sure if the Greek Myths have changed my life yet - that may be an overblown claim - but for sure Ferry's book gives plenty of food for thought about how I might go about it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book does not live up to its promise. 12 April 2014
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Luc Ferry strains his utmost to wring deep philosophical meanings from the Myths and, for this reader at least, fails to deliver. He does no seem to realise that there may be historical truths underlying many ancient myths and legends. For example, Jason's search for the Golden Fleece. In regions where swift flowing rivers carried gold dust, fleeces were fixed to the stream beds and gradually became saturated with the gold, which could then be extracted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Philosophy 18 Mar 2014
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This book has made think of the world and our lives in a very different way.Before reading this book mythology and philosophy were unknown to me.A very well written explanation of the ancient myths and their relevance to modern life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 12 Mar 2014
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Looks at Greek Myths from the view of deep psychology,Written with passion and enthusiasm hence easy to read and digest full of knowledge and warmth. A definite book to read anytime entrancing read.Am a fan of Luc Ferry now.
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Not finished it all but knowledgeable accurate and readable, no excessive high vocabulary or dumbing down either, easy to read and thought provoking.
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