The Hero and the Sea: Patterns of Chaos in Ancient Myth

  • Product Code: 5084
  • ISBN: 978-0-86516-508-3
  • Pages: 208
  • Availability: In stock

Ancient myths about watery chaos uniquely transcend time and culture to speak to the universal human condition as expression to the hopes, aspirations and fears that have defined—for ancient thinkers as well as modern scientists—what it means to be human in a chaotic world.

The Hero and the Sea examines the mythological pattern of heroic battles with watery chaos in the Gilgamesh Epic, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Old Testament, in the light of anthropology, comparative religion, literature, mythology, psychology, and modern chaos theory; how mythic patterns of heroic battle with chaotic adversaries respond to the cultural needs, religious concerns, and worldview of their audience. The last chapter explores points of contact between the ancient mythic patterns and the discoveries of modern scholars engaged in the theoretical study of chaos and chaotics.

Special Features

  • Six Chapters:
    • Chapter I - Mythic Patterns
    • Chapter II - Gilgamesh and the Heroic Confrontation with Death
    • Chapter III - Achilles and the Scamander
    • Chapter IV - Odysseus and Poseidon
    • Chapter V - Old Testament Patterns: Creation, Flood, Exodus
    • Chapter VI - Chaos and Cosmology: the Modern View

  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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