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An American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's most well-known work is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero shared by world mythologies, termed the monomyth.

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Are there any good ancient examples for the monomyth?

What's an ancient story that's a good example for the plot structure of the monomyth, meaning most of the stations are there? In my youth I read the popular classical Greek myths as well as a few ...
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What is the meaning or significance of the following Joseph Campbell quote?

And where we had thought to find an abomination we shall find a God. Where we had thought to slay another we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward we shall come to ...
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Did any ancient cultures or scholars recognize the Hero's Journey monomyth?

In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell talked about the monomyth, and the overarching structure of the Hero's Journey: the hero is called on an adventure, may have a helper, goes through ...
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Why, according to Joseph Campbell, is the monomyth so common?

The Wikipedia page on the Monomyth has these statements in the summary at the top: Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, and ...