By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone
A significant other to Greek Mythology offers 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 workforce of literary experts
- Includes assurance of Greek myth’s intersection with historical past, philosophy and religion
- Introduces readers to issues 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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Extra resources for A Companion to Greek Mythology
Where Homer uses myth as a foundation for his own highly individual plots and as a backdrop lending depth to the epic landscape, for Pindar, it is a system within which he works, and a world which he and his aristocratic patrons inhabit. For Pindar (as for Homer) the function of myth is not primarily to be told in any straightforward way. These are family stories; we may remind each other of them, take pride in them, derive solidarity from them, occasionally debate which is the authentic version, but we do not need to be told them.
It is no coincidence that one formative moment in the life of Lévi-Strauss was when his girlfriend’s father turned out to be the man who introduced the thought of Freud to Paris. In a way, his whole system of thought was designed to make better sense than psychoanalysis had, but on rather similar suppositions. At the same time, the theory of initiation (Dowden, CH. 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.
The imaginary itself is never challenged. 11) certainly thought it was worth accounting for the length of time it had taken the Greeks to capture Troy and the historians themselves can disconcert us by their acceptance of, or subscription to, myth (see Alan Griffiths’ discussion in CH. 10). This particular difficulty extends to our own reading of Greek myth. Can we really say that there is nothing preserved of the lost Greek history in Greek mythology? Some have come close to this extreme position (Dowden 1992: ch.
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