Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature

Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature

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by William Hansen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801436702

ISBN-13: 9780801436703

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an astonishing longevity; many such tales are found in classical antiquity. Ariadne's Thread is an encyclopedia

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From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an astonishing longevity; many such tales are found in classical antiquity. Ariadne's Thread is an encyclopedia of more than a hundred such international oral tales, all present in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

It takes into account writings, including early Jewish and Christian literature, recorded in or translated into Greek or Latin by writers of any nationality. As a result, it will be invaluable not only to classicists and folklorists but also to a wide range of other readers who are interested in stories and storytelling. William Hansen presents the familiar form of each tale and discusses the similar ancient story or stories, examining how each corresponds with and differs from that form. He then gives principal sources and, where appropriate, comments on the cultural factors affecting the shape and content of the ancient story, the context of transmission, and issues raised in the secondary literature.

Finally, he provides a bibliography of scholarly studies and the pertinent reference in the standard folk-narrative index, The Types of the Folktale by Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson. Again and again, Hansen demonstrates how ancient narratives are often best understood in the context of the larger tradition. He forces us to rethink the nature of Greek mythology by encouraging an appreciation of the extent to which Greek myths and legends parallel international stories. By virtue of their durability, he says, these orally transmitted stories rank among the world's most successful artistic creations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801436703
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Myth and Poetics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Abbreviationsxiii
Introduction1
The Comparative Study of the Folktale1
The Study of Greek and Roman Folk Narratives6
Oral Narratives and Oral Narration in Classical Antiquity12
The Present Work19
The Tales
Apprentice and Ghost Eukrates and the Automaton35
Asking the Large Fish Philoxenos the Poet38
Attentive Donkey40
Axe Falls into the Stream Hermes and the Woodcutter42
Battles of the Pygmies and the Cranes45
Best Friend, Worst Enemy Aesop and the Dog49
Boastful Deer Slayer Agamemnon54
Bride Won in a Tournament Pelops and Hippodameia56
Brother Chosen Rather Than Husband Intaphrenes' Wife62
Carrying Part of the Load Dionysos and Xanthias66
Carrying Water in a Sieve Danaides69
Catch-Tale Demades the Orator75
Children Play at Hog Killing Makareus the Priest79
Cinderella Rhodopis the Courtesan85
Cranes of Ibykos89
Dead Child's Friendly Return The Dead Ask the Living to Cease Grieving92
Death's Messengers95
Devil to Count Stars Counting Sand, Stars, Waves97
Disenchanted Husband Cupid and Psyche100
Dog on the Bridge Alexander and the Donkey Driver114
Dragging Old Man Only to Threshold117
Dragon Slayer Perseus119
Fairies Send a Message Death of Pan131
Foolish Fugitives136
Foolish Man Builds Aircastles Gripus138
Fortune in Salt Fortune in Water142
Frog King Roman Proverb145
Frozen Words146
Gifts of the Little People Pandaros and Echedoros147
Girl as Helper Jason and Medeia151
God and the Emperor of Rome Zeus and Tantalos167
Golden Ram Trojan Horse169
Great Animal or Object176
Groom Teaches His Horse to Live without Food187
Hatch-Penny Pases' Penny188
Hearing-Impaired Persons190
Holding Up the Rock Holding Up the Sky197
Homecoming Husband Odysseus201
Hospitality Rewarded Mercury and the Stingy Women211
House Burned Down to Rid It of Insects Shirt Burnt to Rid It of Lice223
Husband's One Good Eye Covered Husband's Attention Diverted225
Judgment of Solomon227
Keep Your Seats! Prince the Flutist233
Labor Contract Aesop and Xanthos234
Learn to Swim240
Loading the Wood Sorites241
Local Moon242
Lord's Prayer Sisyphos and Thanatos243
Magic Object and the Trolls Perseus246
Maiden's Honor Maiden's Sense251
Maids Must Rise Even Earlier255
Making a Rope of Sand256
Man Does Not Recognize His Own Reflection257
Man Swallowed by Fish Lucian261
Marrying a Man of Forty Returning a Donkey264
Matron of Ephesus266
Money in the Stick279
Mother Dies of Fright Secundus the Philosopher284
Nothing to Cook Nothing to Eat287
Ogre Blinded Odysseus and Polyphemos289
Ogre Kills His Own Children Aedon301
Ogre Steals the Thunder's Instruments Typhon and Zeus305
Old Man and Death314
Our Lady's Child Gyges and Kroisos316
Person Does Not Know Himself327
Peter Stung by Bees Man Bitten by Ants329
Planting for the Next Generation331
Potiphar's Wife Hippolytos and Phaidra332
Quest for a Vanished Princess Apollo of the Vultures352
Rhampsinitos357
Sailor and the Oar Odysseus371
Schlaraffenland Glutton's Paradise378
Service in Hell Philinnion and Machates392
Seven Sleepers Epimenides of Crete397
Shepherd Who Cried "Wolf!"402
Slaughter of the Ox404
Smith and the Devil Sisyphos and Thanatos405
Son of the King and of the Smith Kyros408
Sowing of Salt Odysseus414
Stronger and Strongest415
Sunlight Carried in a Bag Perdikkes424
Three Brothers Roman Proverb426
Three Joint Depositors Demosthenes427
Three Lazy Ones Lazy Debtor and Creditor429
Threefold Death The Hermaphrodite431
To Sacrifice a Giant Candle To Sacrifice a Hecatomb435
Topsy-Turvy Land Mundus Inversus439
Tree Trunks Laid Crosswise Beam Carried Crosswise445
Trespasser's Defense The Lokrians' Oath447
Twins or Blood Brothers Menaechmi450
Underground Passage to Paramour's House Miles Gloriosus453
Unfinished Tale "And Then I Woke Up"460
White Serpent's Flesh Melampous the Seer462
Wisdom of Hidden Old Man Saves Kingdom469
Wishing Contest475
Wooden Doll Homo478
Youth Who Bathed Himself in Blood Achilleus's Heel481
Bibliography491
Index of Ancient Sources533
Index of Tale Types and Motifs539
General Index543

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