By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone
A better half to Greek Mythology provides a chain of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fantasy from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks’ contacts with their jap Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
- Features essays from a prestigious overseas group of literary experts
- Includes insurance of Greek myth’s intersection with background, philosophy and religion
- Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
- Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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26) may appear at first to be a classic and distinctive individual theory, tracing mythology back to particular customs and rituals which are known from anthropology. indd 18 2/2/2011 9:46:11 AM Thinking through Myth, Thinking Myth Through 19 that this type of behaviour results from the power of an underlying myth, realized in actual mythology, ritual, and even literature. At this point the theory has morphed into mythocritique, and it might as well be evoking a Jungian archetype, that will account for Frodo’s triumph in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as well as for Sophocles’ Philoktetes.
38–40). 5 Epics were clearly performed competitively at festivals; Hesiod mentions travelling to Euboia for such an occasion (Works & Days 651–9), and a later legend arose of a rather peculiar song-competition which pitted Hesiod against Homer himself. This was only a small part, however, of a much wider song culture, in which almost every significant occasion was marked by its appropriate form of song, often accompanied by dance and other forms of performance, and often presenting myth. (The particular way in which such performances make myth present, connecting the ancient and traditional with the here and now, is described in more detail by Calame, pp.
Indd 16 2/2/2011 9:46:11 AM Thinking through Myth, Thinking Myth Through 17 culture. The ever-flexible tools of allegory and exemplum take myth well into the sixth century AD and set us up for the Middle Ages (CH. 17). subsidio with the help Fortune labilis of slippery Fortune cur prelio why in battle Troia tunc does Troy once nobilis notable nunc flebilis now weepable ruit incendio? blaze in ruin? 4 (twelfth–thirteenth century AD, the work, maybe, of a bishop) Myth and the Moderns The history of myth in modern times is even more voluminous and even more complex than its history in ancient times.
A Companion to Greek Mythology by Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone