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Michael Wood’s In Search of Myths & Heroes explores four remarkable legends that have endured from ancient eras to modern times.
Shangri-la: The Paradise Myth
From Babylonia to ancient Tibet to Frank Capra’s movie Lost Horizon—the story of an earthly paradise has been immortalized through the ages. But was there a real Shangri-la?
Jason & the Golden Fleece: The Hero’s Quest
Possibly the oldest story in world literature and one still told today—from Gilgamesh to Star Wars—Jason’s quest is that of a young man who must venture into the unknown to complete an impossible task. It is a story of bravery, treachery, and love, but what price must our hero pay for achieving his “mission impossible”?
The Queen of Sheba: The Woman of Power
The tale of Sheba, told for more than two and half millennia in Arabia, the Near East, Africa, and Europe, is the story of a woman who is a founder of nations, a fantasy lover, the personification of wisdom, adored and demonized in equal measure. Is this the fate of powerful women even today?
Arthur: The Once & Future King
Arthur, said to have ruled in a golden age, had his power broken by human weakness and greed. His story, the myth of the king who will one day return, is echoed in nearly every culture in the world. But who was Arthur and why do we need to believe in him and his future reign?
The Search for Shangri-La
Jason and the Golden Fleece
The Queen of Sheba
Arthur: The Once and Future King
Posted January 8, 2011
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