Sir James George Frazer originally set out to discover the origins of one ancient custom in Classical Rome - the plucking of the Golden Bough from a tree in the sacred grove of Diana, and the murderous succession of the priesthood there - and was led by his investigations into a twenty-five year study of primitive customs, superstitions, magic and myth throughout the world. The monumental thirteen-volume work which resulted has been a rich source of anthropological material and a literary masterpiece for more than half a century. - The Golden Bough is an essential reference work for all involved in the intellectual disciplines of anthropology and the history of religion but also on literature and the arts. - The third edition, reprinted here was Frazer's final authoritative statement in which he offered readers a dramatically new way of understanding the religious beliefs and behaviour of the ancient world and their connection to those of the 'primitive' world that then made up much of the British Empire. - Frazer's three-stage evolutionary ladder of magic-religion-science gave his large readership a clear way of understanding, in David Hume's phrase, 'the natural history of religion'. - The third edition is presented with two major works of scholarship enabling readers to understand the origins, development and importance of Frazer's landmark work - The first extra volume is an out of print biography of J.G. Frazer by Professor Robert Ackerman first published by Cambridge University Press, Professor Ackerman also provides us with an excellent introduction in this volume. - The second volume contains Dr Robert Fraser's The Making of the Golden Bough. - These volumes are available as a two-volume set as well as being part of the fifteen volume set.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9780333977088 Number of pages: 5614 Weight: 9000 g Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 147 mm Edition: 3rd 2001 ed.
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