The Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell
1 Seasons . 6 Episodes

In this beloved series, mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell explores what enduring myths can tell us about our lives.

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In this beloved series, mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell explores what enduring myths can tell us about our lives.

More than thirty years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, the virgin birth, and pop culture.

Filmed at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch and New York’s American Museum of Natural History, this series demonstrates that, despite superficial differences between cultures, all stories are humanity’s story.

Episode 1
58 mins
Long before medieval knights charged off to slay dragons, tales of heroic adventures were an integral part of all world cultures. Joseph Campbell challenges everyone to see the presence of a heroic journey in his or her life.
Episode 2
56 mins
Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell compare creation myths from the Bible and elsewhere.
Episode 3
57 mins
Joseph Campbell explains how ancient myths bring humans to understand and accept birth, growth and death.
Episode 4
56 mins
Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell discuss where heroism can be witnessed in modern society.
Episode 5
57 mins
Joseph Campbell talks about romantic love, and addresses questions about the image of women as the divine feminine.
Episode 6
57 mins
Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell discuss the common experience of God across cultures.