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The Golden Bough--A Study in Magic and Religion
The Golden Bough--A Study in Magic and Religion Author:J G Frazer When it first appeared in 1890, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion burst upon the world of classical scholarship with an impact comparable to that of Darwin's Origin of Species in another field. Taking as his starting-point Vergil's account of the Priest-King of the Grove of Diana awaiting his own murderer under the sacred oaks, Fr... more »azer built up, by means of analogies and parallels drawn from classical literature, a fascinating and detailed picture of the taboos and superstitions of primeval man. The Golden Bough, revised and expanded many times, remains a very popular standard work and is of particular interest today when there is a growing interest in the ancient legends of the classical world.
The work is equally remarkable for its vast assembly of facts and for its unusual charm of presentation, few men of Frazer's learning having written more attractively.
For the first time the abridged edition of 1922 is published here in a single paperback volume.« less