THE USES OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY

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The Uses Of Greek Mythology

Author : Ken Dowden
ISBN : 9781134926282
Genre : History
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In an innovative sequence of topics, Ken Dowden explores the uses Greeks made of myth and the uses to which we can put myth in recovering the richness of their culture. Most aspects of Greek life and history - including war, religion and sexuality - which are discernable through myth, as well as most modern approaches, are given a context in a book which is designed to be useful, accessible and stimulating.
Category: History

The Uses Of Greek Mythology

Author : Mr Ken Dowden
ISBN : 9780203138571
Genre : History
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In an innovative sequence of topics, Ken Dowden explores the uses Greeks made of myth and the uses to which we can put myth in recovering the richness of their culture. Most aspects of Greek life and history - including war, religion and sexuality - which are discernable through myth, as well as most modern approaches, are given a context in a book which is designed to be useful, accessible and stimulating.
Category: History

A Companion To Greek Mythology

Author : Ken Dowden
ISBN : 1444396935
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A Companion to Greek Mythology presents a series of essays that explore the phenomenon of Greek myth from its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks’ contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours through its development as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world. Features essays from a prestigious international team of literary experts Includes coverage of Greek myth’s intersection with history, philosophy and religion Introduces readers to topics in mythology that are often inaccessible to non-specialists Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as Archaic and Classical Greece
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To Greek Mythology

Author : Roger D. Woodard
ISBN : 9780521845205
Genre : History
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Professor Roger Woodard brings together a group of the world's most authoritative scholars of classical myth to present a thorough treatment of all aspects of Greek mythology. Sixteen original articles guide the reader through all aspects of the ancient mythic tradition and its influence around the world and in later years. The articles examine the forms and uses of myth in Greek oral and written literature, from the epic poetry of 8th century BC to the mythographic catalogues of the early centuries AD. They examine the relationship between myth, art, religion and politics among the ancient Greeks and its reception and influence on later society from the Middle Ages to present day literature, feminism and cinema. This Companion volume's comprehensive coverage makes it ideal reading for students of Greek mythology and for anyone interested in the myths of the ancient Greeks and their impact on western tradition.
Category: History

Greek Mythology

Author : Fritz Graf
ISBN : 0801853958
Genre : History
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Allegorists in ancient Greece attempted to find philosophical and physical truths in myth. Plato, who resolutely excluded myths from the sphere of truth, thought that they could express ideas in a realm he could not reach with dialectical reasoning. Freud built a science around the myth of Oedipus, saying that myths were "distorted wish dreams of entire nations, the dreams of early mankind." No body of myth has served more purposes - or been subject to more analysis - than Greek mythology. This is a revised translation of Fritz Graf's highly acclaimed introduction to Greek mythology, Griechische Mythologie: Eine Einfuhrung, originally published in 1985 by Artemis Verlag. Graf offers a chronological account of the principal Greek myths that appear in the surviving literary and artistic sources, and concurrently documents the history of interpretation of Greek mythology from the seventeenth century to the present. First surveying the various definitions of myth that have been advanced, Graf proceeds to look at the relationship between Greek myths and epic poetry; the absence of an "origin of man" myth in Creek mythology; and connection between particular myths and shrines or holy festivals; the harmony in Greek literature between myth and history; the use of myth in Greek song and tragedy; and the uses and interpretations of myth by philosophers and allegorists.
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Ancient Greek Myth In Modern Greek Poetry

Author : Constantine Athanasius Trypanis
ISBN : 0714647519
Genre : History
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Greece is a land of myth, and Greek poetry since the sixteenth century has constantly exploited allusions to the myths of the ancient Greeks. The consciousness of being the linguistic and cultural descendants of the Classical Greeks, and of inhabiting the same space in which the ancients had lived and dreamed, was real enough in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Greece, even though it was confined to a small intellectual elite. But it was during the decades leading up to the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821 that, under the influence of neo-classical and Romantic movements in the West, it became de rigueur for the Greeks to discover and take pride in the ancient history, culture and mythology of the land in which they lived. Since then, Greek poets have constantly used the ancient myths as a warp on which to weave their poetry, whether the mythical heroes and heroines are treated as human archetypes or as pseudo-divine beings to be demythologized and brought down to earth. This volume contains essays by fifteen scholars, some of them long-established critics and translators such as Edmund Keeley, Peter Bien and the late Philip Sherrard, some of them academics in mid-career, and others having recently completed their doctorates. One essay deals with myth in the Cretan Renaissance (sixteenth-seventeenth centuries), while the rest cover the use of ancient myth by nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets. Some essays deal with individual mythical figures such as Odysseus, Orpheus, Prometheus and Aphrodite, while others deal with the problematic issue of the use of myth by Greek women poets. Peter Bien rounds off the discussion by comparing attitudes to the ancient Greeks as embodied in English and modern Greek poetry.
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Greek Myths In Roman Art And Culture

Author : Zahra Newby
ISBN : 9781107072244
Genre : Art
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A new reading of the portrayal of Greek myths in Roman art, revealing important shifts in Roman values and identities.
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The Library Of Greek Mythology

Author : Apollodorus
ISBN : 0192839241
Genre : Fiction
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A new translation of an important text for Greek mythology used as a source book by classicists from antiquity to Robert Graves, The Library of Greek Mythology is a complete summary of early Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. Using the ancient system of detailed histories of the great families, it contains invaluable genealogical diagrams for maximum clarity.
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