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4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for those with little knowledge of mythology.
If you are knowledgeable about mythology, there is going to be nothing new here. Those with only a little knowledge may find it an interesting introduction into how mythology works. It's not just fairy tales for the ignorant but worked as an imaginative world created by those who wished to make sense of their world without any scientific knowledge to explain it.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An alternative interpretation - and all the better for it., 24 Oct 2014
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As someone who never learnt the classics at school, this is an introduction like no other. Luc Ferry digs deeper into the philosophy of the Greek myths and so his interpretations are very different to those I've read before; he doesn't relate them to modern theories of mind but rather the philosophy of the time. Ferry doesn't go into too much detail on the myths themselves so you may need a companion book if you're unsure of the stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the wisdom of the greeks, 8 Jun 2014
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Amazing, the author gives a somewhat new approach of the myths as the real foundation of Greek philosophy and offers an explanation to the main problems of real life of humankind, its aspirations, desires, fears,love and death and, in a whole, the reconquest of lost harmony
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for those with little knowledge of mythology., 1 Jun 2014
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If you are knowledgeable about mythology, there is going to be nothing new here. Those with only a little knowledge may find it an interesting introduction into how mythology works. It's not just fairy tales for the ignorant but worked as an imaginative world created by those who wished to make sense of their world without any scientific knowledge to explain it.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Myths and their relevance to modern day life., 10 Mar 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Really is how Greek myhology can help you, 15 Nov 2014
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An interesting, and different view to that of the late Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, in putting a contemporary, and practicable explanation and perspective on the Greek myths. A hugely enjoyable, and stimulating book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea, 30 Oct 2014
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This review is from: The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life (Kindle Edition)
Maybe personal choice but not really for me. I was expecting something lighter I suppose. Didn't finish the book.
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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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