A Companion to Greek Mythology by Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

By Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone

A spouse to Greek Mythology offers a chain 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 global.

  • Features essays from a prestigious foreign workforce 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 classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

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Every paragraph of Bremmer’s chapter encapsulates something worth study in its own right as part of the history of Greek mythology and part of the ideas we and our modern intellectual forebears have lived through in order to build, or maybe weave, the subject we now study. 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.

9). Mythology as History As a condition of its being woven into a system, Greek mythology must gain internal links and sequences between its component myths. Thus, genealogy connects one myth with another and gives the illusion of narration in time. The action occurs, too, for the most part in real Greek landscapes. Indeed, geography is a key principle of the organization of the mythological system (see CHS 3, 11). , 1969: ch. 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).

75)4 instead of the Iliad’s quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles; an expedition of Odysseus with Diomedes to the town of Troy is alluded to in the Odyssey, but is rather different from the spy mission to the camp of the Trojan allies of Iliad 10, where the Trojan spy Dolon and the king Rhesos are killed and Rhesos’ horses stolen. Scholars such as Kakridis (1949) and Severyns (1928)5 paved the way for the critical approach we refer to as ‘Neoanalysis’ (see further CH. 22), which is based on the idea that Homer already knew the traditions which later authors told – in the Kypria, Aithiopis, Iliou Persis and other cyclic epics.

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