The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History

Paperback | May 8, 2005

byMircea Eliade

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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text.

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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myt...

Born in Bucharest in 1907, Mircea Eliade was for many years Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. He is the author of, among other books, "Shamanism", "Images and Symbols", and "Yoga" (all Princeton). Jonathan Z. Smith is Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Profes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.61 inPublished:May 8, 2005Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691123500

ISBN - 13:9780691123509

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Plain and Simple Eliade Having read most of Eliade's books, I'd say 'The Myth of the Eternal Return' is a short and simple introduction into his world and concepts. Many of the terms he is accustomed to use in his other books are introduced and explained in this book, making it one of the books someone new to Eliade should read first. Overall it is a read that anyone interested in comparative religion or mythology should readily enjoy.
Date published: 2006-05-31

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From review of Princeton's original edition: "Profound and pregnant research in the psychology of time and the intuitive forms of the mind as revealed by the early cultures' attitude toward history."--Nation