A Companion to Greek Mythology / Edition 1

A Companion to Greek Mythology / Edition 1

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by Ken Dowden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 140511178X

ISBN-13: 9781405111782

Pub. Date: 05/17/2011

Publisher: Wiley

A Companion to Greek Mythology approaches the richly diverse phenomenon of Greek myth from a distinctive new angle -- one that delves deeply into its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks’ contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours. Contributions from a team of international experts trace the development of Greek myth

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A Companion to Greek Mythology approaches the richly diverse phenomenon of Greek myth from a distinctive new angle -- one that delves deeply into its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks’ contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours. Contributions from a team of international experts trace the development of Greek myth into a shared language, heritage, and way of thinking throughout the entire Greco-Roman world.

Individual essays address such topics as how myths were presented in stories, poems, dramas and all forms of visual art, as well as the role of myth in philosophy, learning, religion, mystery-cult, and Greek self identity. Other essays explore contemporary reception of Greek myth and the potential of modern theoretical approaches. A Companion to Greek Mythology offers invaluable insights into the ancient world that will help to shape our understanding of the wide ranging appeal and influence of Greek myth across the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405111782
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #87
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Maps xi

List of Tables xii

Notes on Contributors xiii

To the Reader xviii

Acknowledgements xxi

Glossary xxii

Abbreviations xxv

Approaching Myth 1

1 Thinking through Myth, Thinking Myth Through 3
Ken Dowden and Niall Livingstone

PART I Establishing the Canon 25

2 Homer's Use of Myth 27
Françoise Létoublon

3 Telling the Mythology: From Hesiod to the Fifth Century 47
Ken Dowden

4 Orphic Mythology 73
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

PART II Myth Performed, Myth Believed 107

5 Singing Myth: Pindar 109
Ian Rutherford

6 Instructing Myth: From Homer to the Sophists 125
Niall Livingstone

7 Acting Myth: Athenian Drama 141
Jean Alaux

8 Displaying Myth: The Visual Arts 157
Susan Woodford

9 Platonic 'Myths' 179
Penelope Murray

10 Myth in History 195
Alan Griffiths

PART III New Traditions 209

11 Myth and Hellenic Identities 211
Fritz Graf

12 Names and Places: Myth in Alexandria 227
Anatole Mori

13 The Myth of Rome 243
Matthew Fox

14 Displaying Myth for Roman Eyes 265
Zahra Newby

15 The Myth that Saves: Mysteries and Mysteriosophies 283
Ken Dowden

16 Myth and Death: Roman Mythological Sarcophagi 301
Zahra Newby

17 Myth in Christian Authors 319
Fritz Graf

PART IV Older Traditions 339

18 The Indo-European Background to Greek Mythology 341
Nicholas J. Allen

19 Near Eastern Mythologies 357
Alasdair Livingstone and Birgit Haskamp

20 Levantine, Egyptian, and Greek Mythological Conceptions of the Beyond 383
Nanno Marinatos and Nicolas Wyatt

PART V Interpretation 411

21 Interpreting Images: Mysteries, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings 413
Susan Woodford

22 The Myth of History: The Case of Troy 425
Dieter Hertel

23 Women and Myth 443
Sian Lewis

24 Mythology of the Black Land: Greek Myths and Egyptian Origins 459
Ian Rutherford

25 Psychoanalysis: The Wellspring of Myth? 471
Richard H. Armstrong

26 Initiation: The Key to Myth? 487
Ken Dowden

27 The Semiotics and Pragmatics of Myth 507
Claude Calame, translated by Ken Dowden

PART VI Conspectus 525

28 A Brief History of the Study of Greek Mythology 527
Jan N. Bremmer

Bibliography 549

Index of Texts Discussed 605

Index of Names 613

Index of Subjects 635

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A Companion to Greek Mythology 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great
Jennifer-VA More than 1 year ago
As scholars and students of ancient history know, Wiley-Blackwell provides a "companion" for many of the most significant topics relating to the genre. While a companion on Greek mythology might at first seem overkill, given the number of books on the subject, Dowden and Livingstone have done the field a service by gathering together a nice group of scholars, who in turn have produced readable, informative, and well-researched articles on a variety of aspects of Greek myth. A glance at the Table of Contents (under Features on the B&N site) shows the depth and breadth of these articles, and the reader is well-rewarded by the quality of the texts. Many illustrations and a dozen or so tables accompany and clarify or illuminate the articles. Depending on your level of expertise, a couple of these may prove to be on the introductory side (though readers looking for a light summary of Greek myth must turn elsewhere). In general, however, the articles are uniformly interesting and -- what I consider the best thing about these massy tomes -- they lead you to some fascinating places you hadn't considered going. And surely that's the sign of a good companion.
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Nancy Yeager More than 1 year ago
fun for every one