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Joseph Campbell brought mythology to a mass audience. His bestselling books, including The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces, are the rare blockbusters that are also scholarly classics. 

While Campbell’s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world’s great mythological traditions, he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology. He did, however, have much to say on the subject. Between 1972 and 1986 he gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses, exploring the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine, following them through their transformations across cultures and epochs. 

In this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi - a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library - collects these lectures for the first time. In them, Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance. He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration.

©2013 Joseph Campbell Foundation (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Can't Get Enough

I started reading Joseph Campbell 1986. And I've never been able to get enough of him I read is first works was 8 years old and he's a Guiding Light to a very messy world. I really hope that the foundation continues to release collections from his work and lectures.

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wonderful collection of informtion...such a gem .

"a masterful presentation of such extraordinary in formation..why couldnt i understand this when i was young

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Lovelly

This book is great and the narrator is good and easy to follow. I recommend.

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Decent Lecture Assembly

Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s great Power of Myth series, I selected this audiobook to fill in that series’ gaps. It’s good but could have been better since it was assembled after his death under a goddess theme. Some lectures only include goddesses as accompanying characters, likely due to an effort to reach a time length. If you have a spare credit, you can’t go too wrong here but it will leave you slightly disappointed.

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Brilliant!

Campbell is a genius of 20th century in field of mythology religion and psyche. It is a must read or listen for anyone who wants to know his or hers religion deeper or gain an understanding how we lead the world to the state it is in now.

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Incredible book

I am amazed with the amount of pertinent information contained, the intelligible way of exposing it and the inspiration brought by it. I will buy it to keep it also..

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  • Ahmed Djoudi
  • 05-11-19

Amusing, inspiring and enlightening

This book is a must read after Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a thousand faces. To the hero journey, it adds the goddess's journey through history. It's really enlightening about the place woman had in cultures and mythologies, and how the balance of "Androgyny" has been.

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  • Leanne
  • 04-21-19

Amazing book

Loved it, I found it easy to read, extremely informative and inspiring book on the Goddess

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  • kasim
  • 12-15-18

Boom Boom

Thoroughly Enjoyed every chapter many Booms undeniable history, insight, & clarifications. loved chapter 9. stories of focus & references to the Odyseey & Dante's inferno which i'm lookin 4 now. Joseph Campbell is truly a Master sent from on high to us clearing the way.

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  • Reb
  • 01-04-21

Incidental

Joseph Campbell’s knowledge is absolutely fascinating and his passion equally so. The narrator does an excellent job in bringing that across.

Having said that, JC never lectured on goddesses specifically. This is really just a collection of times he did mention them, incidentally. That was disappointing.

There is no depth into goddesses specifically with a clear focus on them through time.

There is however a whirlwind tour through the history of mythology with a focus on mainly male gods. At times this got a bit overwhelming and confusing to follow. The lack of Audible chapters names or a PDF chapter list did not help. I had to buy the kindle version additionally (there was no kindle-audio deal) to make sense of what was happening. Not very impressed here.

Towards the end of this book there is brief focus on females but hardly what I expected or hoped for.

I feel to get the most out of JC it may be a good idea to start with understanding mythology and then branch out from there for a more holistic and deeper experience.