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By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

ISBN-10: 140511178X

ISBN-13: 9781405111782

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

  • Features essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
  • Includes assurance of Greek myth’s intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
  • Introduces readers to themes in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
  • Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

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Interestingly, we are not much concerned here with the specifically Roman myths examined in CH. 13. Scenes such as the infancy of Romulus and Remus do appear occasionally, but for the most part we find the stories already familiar from Greek art and literature. Public art in Rome used myth to convey political and ideological messages, to glorify those who put works of art on display and demonstrate their connoisseurship (many of these artworks were plundered or otherwise acquired from Greece), and simply to entertain the public.

M. Hall (2007b: 346–50). 25. ), and on ‘Aeolism’, the theory of Latin as a dialect of Greek, Stevens (2006–7). 26. Though, Fox reminds us, Plutarch is also well aware of the oddness and Otherness to the Greek mind of many Roman traditions, as his work Roman Questions demonstrates (see pp. 000). 27. 164. 28. Art: Reid (1993); Hunger (1959). 29. Opera: Poduska (1999); Hunger (1959). 30. Barthe (1957: ‘Le Mythe, aujourd’hui’ (‘Myth today’)). 31. Lévi-Strauss and Eribon (1998: 107). 32. Frye (1957, 1963).

Art: Reid (1993); Hunger (1959). 29. Opera: Poduska (1999); Hunger (1959). 30. Barthe (1957: ‘Le Mythe, aujourd’hui’ (‘Myth today’)). 31. Lévi-Strauss and Eribon (1998: 107). 32. Frye (1957, 1963). 33. Cf. Durand (1992: 35–7). 34. For example, Jung and Kerényi (1951). 35. See Kerényi (1976a, 1976b). 36. See the ingenious solution of Sauzeau (2010). 37. Dowden (forthcoming). ‘Fact and fiction in the New Mythology: 100 BC–AD 100’, in J. R. Morgan, I. Repath (eds), ‘Where the Truth Lies’: Lies and Metafiction in Ancient Literature, Groningen.

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