Exploring Greek Myth

ISBN-10: 1405194553
ISBN-13: 9781405194556
Edition: 2012
Authors: Matthew Clark
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Description: Exploring Greek Myth offers an extensive discussion of variant forms of myths and lesser-known stories, including important local myths and local versions of PanHellenic myths. Clark also discusses approaches to understanding myths, allowing  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Exploring Greek Myth offers an extensive discussion of variant forms of myths and lesser-known stories, including important local myths and local versions of PanHellenic myths. Clark also discusses approaches to understanding myths, allowing students to gain an appreciation of the variety in one volume.• Guides students from an introductory understanding of myths to a wide-ranging exploration of current scholarly approaches on mythology as a social practice and as an expression of thought• Written in an informal conversational style appealing to students by an experienced lecturer in the field• Offers extensive discussion of variant forms of myths and many lesser known, but deserving, stories• Investigates a variety of approaches to the study of myth including: the sources of our knowledge of Greek myth, myth and ritual in ancient Greek society, comparative myth, myth and gender, hero cult, psychological interpretation of myth, and myth and philosophy• Includes suggestions in each chapter for essays and research projects, as well as extensive lists of books and articles for further reading• The author draws on the work of many leading scholars in the field  in his exploration of topics throughout the text

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Knife Did It: Definitions and Characteristics for the Study of Myth
Six Hundred Gods: Greek Myth and Greek Religion
Homer's Beauty Pageant: The Traditions of Myth
Pelops' Shoulder: Sources for the Study of Myth
Ikaros' Wings, Aktaion's Dogs: Myth and Meaning
The Bones of Orestes: Heroes in Myth and Society
Born from the Earth: Founders of Cities and Families
The Judgment of Paris: Comparative Myth
Boys in Dresses, Brides with Beards: Myth and Gender
Agamemnon's Mask?: Myth and History
Orestes on Trial: Myth and Thought
Plato and the Poets: Philosophy and Myth
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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