Short Introduction to Classical Myth

ISBN-10: 0130258393
ISBN-13: 9780130258397
Edition: 2002
Authors: Barry B. Powell
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Book details

List price: $99.20
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 9/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of figures
Preface
Definitions and Interpretation
What Is a Myth?
Myth in Homer and Hesiod
Muthos in Pindar
Muthos in Plato
Muthos in Aristotle
Modern Definitions
The Meaning of Myth I: Ancient and Premodern Theories
Greek Theories
Physical Allegory
Historical Allegory: Euhemerism
Moral Allegory
Medieval and Renaissance Theories
Theories of the Enlightenment
The Meaning of Myth II: Modern Theories
Romantic Theories
Anthropological Theories
Linguistic Theories
Psychological Theories
Structuralist Theories
Contextual Approaches
Conclusion
Background
The Cultural Context of Greek Myth
Greek Geography
Greek History
Greek Society
Greece and Rome
The Development of Classical Myth
Roots of Muthoi in the Bronze Age and the Ancient Near East
The Singers of Muthoi
Muthoi in the Greek Archaic Period
Muthoi in the Greek Classical Period
Myth in the Hellenistic Period
The Roman Appropriation of Greek Myth
Themes
Myth and Creation: Hesiod's Theogony and Its Near Eastern Sources
Divine Myth
Hesiod's Theogony
The Triumph of Marduk
The Hittite Kingship in Heaven and the Song of Ullikummi
The Divine Myth of Succession in Hesiod and the Near East
Greek Myth and Greek Religion: Persephone, Orpheus, and Dionysus
Religion: General
Some Religious Emblems Drawn into Myth
Demeter and Persephone
The Eleusinian Mysteries
The Myth and Cult of Dionysus
The Myth and Religion of Orpheus
Myth and the Hero: The Legends of Heracles and Gilgamesh
Heroes and Heroines
Heracles, son of Zeus
The Mesopotamian Hero Gilgamesh
The Way of the Hero
Myth and History: Crete and the Legend of the Trojan War
Herodotus, Father of History
Myth and History in Thucydides
Heinrich Schliemann and Troy
Archaeology and Cretan Myth
Myth and Folktale: The Legend of Odysseus' Return
Folktale
The Folktale of Potiphar's Wife
The Greek Hero Perseus and Folktale
Odysseus and Folktale
The Folktale of the Man Who Returned
Myth and Society: The Legend of the Amazons
Amazons: the Women Who Hated Men
The Meaning of the Amazons
Myth and Law: The Legend of Orestes
A House of Horrors: The Mythical Background to The Oresteia
Aeschylus' Agamemnon
Aeschylus' Libation Bearers
Aeschylus' Eumenides
The Oresteia: A Parable of Progress
Roman Myth and Roman Religion: The Metamorphoses of Ovid
Roman Religion and Roman Myth-Makers
Ovid's Metamorphoses
Myth and Politics: The Myth of Theseus and the Aeneid of Vergil
Theseus of Athens
Roman Gods of the Family and State
The Aeneid: An Epic of National Rebirth
Myth And Art
Greek Myths from Eastern Art
The Greek Invention of Mythic Illustration
Index
Chart: The Greek and Roman Pantheon

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