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New PDF release: A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths

By Steve Kershaw

ISBN-10: 1472107543

ISBN-13: 9781472107541

The ebook leads the reader via those vivid tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the commonly used narratives are the following, besides a few much less common characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key concerns bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.This long-overdue booklet crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly features of Greek mythology in simple terms often on hand in disparate types - specifically children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's fascinating, dazzling, and unusual in addition to regularly occurring. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this attention-grabbing and significant quantity.

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153 Prosopography became no less systematic. Homonymies were discussed and dismissed (Pausanias established that the Telamon whose tomb could be seen at Pheneiis is not the father of Ajax but an obscure homonym). 154 Certain events, it was determined, must have happened more than once. , it had been concluded that this date was also that of the founding of the contest. But, since it was known that Apollo had triumphed over Hermes and Ares at Olympia, it had to be imagined that a first Olympic contest had been instituted in very ancient times, had fallen into disuse, and had then been revived in 776.

Myths therefore have a true basis, and if the historicity of the wars of Troy and Thebes, recognized by all, is not demonstrable, it is because no event can be proved. But then, if along with the lies, myth contains some truth, the most urgent task is not to psychologize the storyteller but to learn how to be alert to falsehood. The victim is more interesting than the guilty party. 104In their eyes a science of myth would not undertake to elucidate the error but to learn how to beware of it. , it will be more useful to be the watchdog of thought: one will condemn human nai'vete and separate the wheat from the chaff.

These exernpla, say Quintilian and Dion, are, if not believed, at least accepted as arguments. If one dreams of a false but likely myth, Artemidorus advises interpreting the dream in the clear sense; but, if one dreams a foolish dream, the hopes one nurtures will be vain. The historian owes it to himself to eliminate the gods from the mythical period. Neither Cicero nor Livy believed that Mars was the father of Romulus, and Pausanias does not believe that a nymph was the mother of 0 r p h e ~ s .

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