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The Mythology of Venus: Ancient Calendars and Archaeoastronomy [Paperback]

Helen Benigni
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June 3, 2013 0761860622 978-0761860624
The Mythology of Venus is a collection of essays that summarizes the archaeoastronomy, calendar associations, religious and cultural icons, and myths identified with the planet Venus. The book concentrates on Western Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East, and the East from the Paleolithic Age to the Iron Age. It reveals the archetype of a goddess associated with the planet Venus who is identified with transformation, spiritual resurrection, and enlightenment. The characteristics of the goddess are steeped in sexual metaphors which contain images of birth and re-birth, and they reveal a pattern of symbols that follows the journey of the planet Venus through its cycles in the night sky. Moreover, the journey of Venus and the corresponding icons associated with the goddess are part of an intricate pattern of symbolic language that is seen on ancient monuments and on the ancient calendars of several cultures. Temples from France and Ireland to Greece and Malta trace the journey of the planet Venus and the story of the goddess of Venus.

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The Mythology of Venus admirably succeeds in presenting a complex yet stimulating overview of Venus as primordial archetype, complete with astronomical signposts and well-justified water associations. The female principal which has played a central role in human development is traced from its earliest recognition offering students of history, mythology or psychology much to think about. (Morgan Llywelyn)

About the Author

Helen Benigni graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1989. She is a professor at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, where she teaches comparative mythology, composition, and literature. Her other works include The Myth of the Year: Returning to the Origin of the Druid Calendar (2003) and The Goddess and the Bull: A Study in Minoan-Mycenaean Mythology (2007).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (June 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761860622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761860624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,741,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great perspective on the field January 1, 2014
By Alex
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Ever curious what Stonehenge was or how deities evolve through the ages? This book will give you possible answers written by an expert in the field. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to study hard mythology. I know the author personally. She's well traveled and knows this topic like the back of her hand. I learned a lot from this book and this author. Pick it up to expand your mind.
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