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 crew of literary experts
- Includes insurance 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 sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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Anything that forms part of this is myth. Anything that looks like this is myth. Homer, himself, knew an astonishing repertoire of myths (see Létoublon, CH. 2) and then, like a tragedian, but one much more wayward and self-confident, bent the mythology he had inherited to develop his own economical but panoramic epics. This system of myth exists not only on paper or papyrus: it is internalized by all Greek poets, all their historians and thinkers, and by the whole Greek nation. And it was externalized in the sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts for which we still celebrate Greece (Woodford, CH.
Anything that looks like this is myth. Homer, himself, knew an astonishing repertoire of myths (see Létoublon, CH. 2) and then, like a tragedian, but one much more wayward and self-confident, bent the mythology he had inherited to develop his own economical but panoramic epics. This system of myth exists not only on paper or papyrus: it is internalized by all Greek poets, all their historians and thinkers, and by the whole Greek nation. And it was externalized in the sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts for which we still celebrate Greece (Woodford, CH.
38 From the modern period it will become apparent that mythology is a rich part of European tradition and identity (see above), and there is much more discussion than we can present here. The interplay of the myth of the wise Orient with the study of classical literatures at the end of the Enlightenment is worth a lifetime’s study in itself; and it is this that leads to the remarkable authority in the second half of the nineteenth century of Max Müller, reinvigorating Greek mythology from the Sanskrit Rig Veda with a romanticism inherited from his poet father Wilhelm Müller, author of the Winterreise.
A Companion to Greek Mythology by Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone