- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Carolina Academic Pr (August 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890895759
- ISBN-13: 978-0890895757
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World of Classical Myth: Gods and Goddesses, Heroines and Heroes Paperback – August, 2001
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I believe this is a major philosophic and religious work any student of Hellenism should treasure. During this period Professor Ruck had established a collaborative understanding and appreciation of the research investigating Shamanic rituals and related cultural traditions, in greatest part research done by R. Gordon Wasson, his wife Valentina, with assistance from Albert Hofmann. The current text openly begs the reader to question our penchant for the creation of heroic figures and implores further investigation of R. Gordon Wasson and Carl Ruck's collaborative works, for, only in this way will the reader be able to fully understand the importance of both these Harvard scholars, and how their combined ideas have suggested an alternative to the very roots of Christianity. Further, it is tempting to suggest the collaboration of Wasson and Ruck was already an academic tour de force at the time this book was written.
As a cultural phenomenon we popularize famous scientists and artists, however, almost in a cultish manner, and most unfortunately, great scholars like Carl A. P. Ruck remain anonymous. This text is a telling of very important cultural anthropologic studies which have shaped our civilization in ways which are almost beyond defining. In greatest truth, every effort I have thus had the good fortune to read by either Carl A. P. Ruck or R. Gordon Wasson is now part of my armamentariun for understanding my being in the world. This book is yet another treasure from Harvard University waiting for contemporary scholars to rediscover.
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