Greek Mythology An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0801853958

ISBN-13: 9780801853951

Edition: 1993 (Reprint)

Authors: Fritz Graf, Thomas Marier

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This revised translation of Fritz Graf's highly acclaimed introduction to Greek mythology 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 17th century to the present. First surveying the various definitions of myth that have been advanced, Graf proceeds to examine topics such as the relationship between Greek myths and epic poetry, the connection between particular myths and shrines or holy festivals, the use of myth in Greek song and tragedy, and the uses and interpretations of myth by philosophers and allegorists.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/9/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Translator's Note
Preface to the English-Language Edition
Introduction: A Provisional Definition
The Rise of the Scientific Study of Myth
The Beginnings of Modern Mythology
The Eighteenth-Century Forerunners of Heyne and Herder
The Romantics
The Science of Myth in the Nineteenth Century
The New Romantics
Mythology from Fontenelle to Frazer
New Approaches to the Interpretation of Myth in the Twentieth Century
Myth and Psychoanalysis
Myth and Society: From Myth-and-Ritual Theory to Functionalism
The Structures of Myth and of Mythical Narrative
The Myth-and-Ritual Theory Revised
The Semiotic Approach
Myth and Epic Poetry
Myth and Homer
The Origins of Greek Myth
The Origin of the World and the Gods
Hesiod's Theogony
The Eastern Background
Theogony and Cosmogony after Hesiod
Myth, Sanctuary, and Festival
Delian Etiologies
Understanding Mythical Etiology
Myth, Sanctuary and Festival
Myth as History
Myth and Historiography
Mythical Constructions of History
Theseus and Athens
Myth as History
Myth, Choral Song, and Tragedy
Athenian Tragedy
Tragedy and Choral Poetry
The Oresteia
Euripides, Myth, and the Gods
Philosophers, Allegorists, and Mythologists
Myth after the Fifth Century B.C.
Philosophical Mythologia and Mythopoeia 1: The Sophists
Philosophical Mythologia and Mythopoeia 2: Plato
Abbreviations and Sources
Suggestions for Further Reading
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