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

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

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By (author) Luc Ferry, Translated by Theo Cuffe

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback | 404 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 30mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0062215450
  • ISBN 13: 9780062215451
  • Sales rank: 54,754

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More than 100,000 copies sold in FranceA fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaningHeroes, 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 cliches ("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.

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"A marvelously wise and expansive book. ... Ferry writes with warmth, wit, and energy; one could call his prose conversational, but it's rare to have a conversation quite this wonderful."--Boston Globe