The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection - Classics

By (author) Sir James George Frazer

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108047343
  • ISBN 13: 9781108047340
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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This work by Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) is widely considered to be one of the most important early texts in the fields of psychology and anthropology. At the same time, by applying modern methods of comparative ethnography to the classical world, and revealing the superstition and irrationality beneath the surface of the classical culture which had for so long been a model for Western civilisation, it was extremely controversial. Frazer was greatly influenced by E. B. Tylor's Primitive Culture (also reissued in this series), and by the work of the biblical scholar William Robertson Smith, to whom the first edition is dedicated. The twelve-volume third edition, reissued here, was greatly revised and enlarged, and published between 1911 and 1915; the two-volume first edition (1890) is also available in this series. Volume 5 (1914) considers the oriental roots of the Greek myths of Adonis and Attis.

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Table of contents

Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the third edition; Book I. Adonis: 1. The myth of Adonis; 2. Adonis in Syria; 3. Adonis in Cyprus; 4. Sacred men and women; 5. The burning of Melcarth; 6. The burning of Sandan; 7. Sardanapalus and Hercules; 8. Volcanic religion; 9. The ritual of Adonis; 10. The Gardens of Adonis; Book II. Attis: 1. The myth and ritual of Attis; 2. Attis as a god of vegetation; 3. Attis as the father god; 4. Human representatives of Attis; 5. The hanged god; 6. Oriental religions in the West; 7. Hyacinth.