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Masks of God #03: Occidental Mythology: The Masks of God, Volume III


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Campbell offers a systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world. "The high function of Occidental myth and ritual . . . is to establish a means of relationship--of God to Man and Man to God".--Joseph Campbell.


A systematic and fascinating comparison of the themes that underlie the art, worship, and literature of the Western world.

About the Author

Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Age of the Goddess Introduction: Myth and Ritual: East and West

Chapter 1. The Serpent's Bride

I. The Mother Goddess Eve

II. The Gorgon's Blood

III. Ultima Thule

IV. Mother Right

Chapter 2. The Consort of the Bull

I. The Mother of God

II. The Two Queens

III. The Mother of the Minotaur

IV. The Victory of the Sons of Light

Part Two: The Age of Heroes Chapter 3. Gods and Heroes of the Levant: 1500-500 B. C.

I. The Book of the Lord

II. The Mythological Age

III. The Age of Abraham

IV. The Age of Moses

Chapter 4. Gods and Heroes of the European West: 1500-500 B. C.

I. The Dialogue of North and South

II. The Marriages of Zeus

III. The Night Sea Journey

IV. The Polis

Part Three: The Age of the Great Classics Chapter 5. The Persian Period: 539-331 B. C.

I. Ethical Dualism

II. The Cosmic Fall and Renovation

III. The King of Kings

IV. The Remnant

V. The God of Love

Chapter 6. Hellenism: 331 B. C.- 324 A. D.

I. The Marriage of East and West

II. Syncretistic and Ethnic Monotheism

III. Mystery Cult and Apocalypse

IV. The Watchers of the Dead Sea

Chapter 7. Great Rome: c. 500 B. C. - c. 500 A. D.

I. The Celtic Province

II. Etruria

III. The Augustan Age

IV. The Risen Christ

V. The Illusory Christ

VI. The Mission of Paul

VII. The Fall of Rome

Part Four: The Age of the Great Beliefs Introduction: The Dialogue of Europe and the Levant

Chapter 8. The Cross and the Crescent

I. The Magi

II. Byzantium

III. The Prophet of Islam

IV. The Garment of the Law

V. The Garment of the Mystic Way

VI. The Broken Spell

Chapter 9. Europe Resurgent

I. The Isle of Saints

II. The Weird of the Gods



Conclusion: At the Close of an Age

Reference Notes


Product Details

Campbell, Joseph
Penguin Books
New York
Comparative Religion
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Mythology and folklore
General Fiction
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
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Masks of God
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