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I]A better half to Greek Mythology[/i] offers a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek delusion 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.

• beneficial properties essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
• contains assurance of Greek myth's intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are frequently inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

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This system of myth exists not only on paper or papyrus: it is internalized by all Greek poets, all their historians and thinkers, and by the whole Greek nation. And it was externalized in the sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts for which we still celebrate Greece (Woodford, CH. 11), and Greeks by their common agreement to remember these myths forge a powerful tool of social identity that has been explored by Halbwachs (‘Collective Memory’) and more recently by Jan Assmann (‘Cultural Memory’).

Indd 19 2/2/2011 9:46:11 AM 20 Approaching Myth It may seem to some readers that the history of a subject like mythology is a history of its errors and mistakes, of ideas now exploded. But every exploded idea teaches us something and forms part of the fabric. It is a shame that we have not in this volume confronted J. J. 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).

There are wonderful insights in Veyne’s discussion: The truth is the child of the imagination. ’ … The imaginary itself is never challenged. 11) certainly thought it was worth accounting for the length of time it had taken the Greeks to capture Troy and the historians themselves can disconcert us by their acceptance of, or subscription to, myth (see Alan Griffiths’ discussion in CH. 10). This particular difficulty extends to our own reading of Greek myth. Can we really say that there is nothing preserved of the lost Greek history in Greek mythology?

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