By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

ISBN-10: 140511178X

ISBN-13: 9781405111782

A better half to Greek Mythology provides a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fantasy from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks’ contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.

  • Features essays from a prestigious overseas staff of literary experts
  • Includes insurance of Greek myth’s intersection with background, philosophy and religion
  • Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are frequently inaccessible to non-specialists
  • Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

    Show description

Read or Download A Companion to Greek Mythology PDF

Similar folklore & mythology books

Download PDF by Kevin Osborn: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Mythology, 2nd

An exploration of undying legends. First advised centuries in the past, the traditional myths of the Greeks and Romans proceed to fascinate and impact the area this present day. The extended variation of this well known advisor examines why those legends stay a vital part of human background, mentioning their literary worth, and their presence all through pop culture in such works as J.

Download e-book for iPad: Perseus (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World) by Daniel Ogden

The son of Zeus, Perseus belongs within the first rank of Greek heroes. certainly to a couple he used to be a better hero even than Heracles. With the aid of Hermes and Athena he slew the Gorgon Medusa, conquered a robust sea monster and gained the hand of the attractive princess Andromeda. This quantity tells of his enduring fantasy, it really is rendering in paintings and literature, and its reception throughout the Roman interval and as much as the fashionable day.

Download e-book for iPad: Greek Folk Religion by Martin P. Nilsson

"In the huge literature in relation to historical Greece, there is not any paintings that serves the needs of this quantity. A Swedish proverb speaks of putting the church in the midst of the village, and that's accurately what Nilsson has the following performed. Homer and Hesiod shaped the root of the conventional schooling of the Greeks more often than not, and the nice gods and goddesses as they seem in artwork convey consistently the formative impression of the epic culture.

Francis Edward Abernethy's The Folklore of Texan Cultures (Publication of the Texas PDF

Loads of other forms of individuals have come to Texas because the Spanish first met the Indians inside its borders. and that's what this publication is about—all the Cajuns and Mexicans and Czechs, all of the colours and breeds and bones that experience come to Texas and combined their blood and their methods of lifestyles with the land they settled and the folk they neighbored with.

Extra info for A Companion to Greek Mythology

Sample text

2) – but there remains a sense that the genealogies that reach down from gods to heroes and from heroes to other heroes might in the end cross that gulf and link aristocrats of today to heroes of the past (Graf 1993a: 128–9). With this the illusion of history is complete and the mythology has now become the history that Greece did not have, neither the history of transmitted written record nor that of archaeology. So if myth has wrapped up oral traditions and masquerades as the history of the world from the beginnings of the gods to the Trojan War and its aftermath, what credence did the Greeks give it?

39 Matrilinearity, certainly. But matriarchy? – the evidence is not there, and the Amazons (Lewis, CH. 23) constitute ideology, male ideology at that, not historical testimonial (Dowden 1997). That is not to say, however, that these myths cannot speak to our own times: Euripides’ Trojan Women can tell us through the power of myth about Iraq or Afghanistan; Amazons can speak archetypally to those concerned with women’s proper place in twenty-first century society – the fact the myth did not mean that to ancient Greeks does not imply that it is illegitimate in a different society to hear a different voice; and issues of race and the relative role of cultures supreme in European education compared with the worlds that Europe has exploited are worth new consideration provided we do not lose our critical instincts.

Even ‘the most Indo-European of Greek poets’ (M. L. West (2007: 15, quoting Calvert Watkins)). For discussion of myth in earlier Greek lyric see, for example, Nagy (2007) and chapters in Parts One and Two of Budelmann (2009). 7. Myth, and Homeric myth in particular, was clearly an important ingredient in the works of the early comic playwright Epicharmos (active in the Syracuse in Sicily in the early fifth century BC), who wrote plays with titles like Odysseus the Deserter, Kyklops, and Sirens, as well as a Prometheus or Pyrrha.

Download PDF sample

A Companion to Greek Mythology by Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone


by David
4.5

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 17 votes