The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology

The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology


By (author) Edward F Edinger, Edited by Deborah A Wesley, Preface by Deborah A Wesley

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1570626731
  • ISBN 13: 9781570626739
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 253,127

Product description

Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Athena--do the gods and goddesses of Greece have anything to say to us that we haven't already heard? In this book, based on a series of his lectures, the eminent Jungian analyst and writer Edward F. Edinger revisits all the major figures, myths, oracles, and legends of the ancient Greek religion to discover what they can still reveal--representing, as they do, one of the religious and mythic foundations of Western culture. Building on C. G. Jung's assertion that mythology is an expression of the deepest layers of mind and soul, Dr. Edinger follows the mythic images into their persistent manifestations in literature and on into our modern lives. He finds that the gods indeed continue to speak as we grow in our capacity to listen and that the myths express the inner energies within all of us as much as ever. Heracles is eternally performing his labors, Perseus is still confronting Medusa, Theseus is forever stalking the Minotaur, and Persephone is still being carried off to life in a new realm.

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Edward F. Edinger, M.D., a founding member of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology in New York, is the author of many books on Jungian psychology, including "The Eternal Drama " and "Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy. "

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" A compelling answer to fundamental questions about why and how we should read myths. . . . A book rich with fresh readings of well-known myths, buttressed by illuminating linkages between the Greek, Hebrew, and Christian roots of our modern psyche." — "Parabola"