A Companion to Greek Mythology by Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

A significant other to Greek Mythology provides a chain of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fable 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 foreign staff of literary experts
  • Includes assurance of Greek myth’s intersection with historical past, philosophy and religion
  • Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
  • Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

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Sadly, though we talk about initiation (Dowden, CH. 26) and about the ‘structural’ anthropologist Lévi-Strauss (Calame, CH. 27), we have little time to sketch in the imperial mission of nineteenth-century powers, above all Great Britain, and the competing ethnologies that they led to. Every paragraph of Bremmer’s chapter encapsulates something worth study in its own right as part of the history of Greek mythology and part of the ideas we and our modern intellectual forebears have lived through in order to build, or maybe weave, the subject we now study.

2) – but there remains a sense that the genealogies that reach down from gods to heroes and from heroes to other heroes might in the end cross that gulf and link aristocrats of today to heroes of the past (Graf 1993a: 128–9). With this the illusion of history is complete and the mythology has now become the history that Greece did not have, neither the history of transmitted written record nor that of archaeology. So if myth has wrapped up oral traditions and masquerades as the history of the world from the beginnings of the gods to the Trojan War and its aftermath, what credence did the Greeks give it?

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.

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