Approaches to Greek Myth

Approaches to Greek Myth

by Lowell Edmunds (Editor)
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Approaches to Greek Myth by Lowell Edmunds

Since the first edition of Approaches to Greek Myth was published in 1990, interest in Greek mythology has surged. There was no simple agreement on the subject of "myth" in classical antiquity, and there remains none today. Is myth a narrative or a performance? Can myth be separated from its context? What did myths mean to ancient Greeks and what do they mean today?

Here, Lowell Edmunds brings together practitioners of eight of the most important contemporary approaches to the subject. Whether exploring myth from a historical, comparative, or theoretical perspective, each contributor lucidly describes a particular approach, applies it to one or more myths, and reflects on what the approach yields that others do not. Edmunds's new general and chapter-level introductions recontextualize these essays and also touch on recent developments in scholarship in the interpretation of Greek myth.

Contributors are Jordi Pàmias, on the reception of Greek myth through history; H. S. Versnel, on the intersections of myth and ritual; Carolina López-Ruiz, on the near Eastern contexts; Joseph Falaky Nagy, on Indo-European structure in Greek myth; William Hansen, on myth and folklore; Claude Calame, on the application of semiotic theory of narrative; Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, on reading visual sources such as vase paintings; and Robert A. Segal, on psychoanalytic interpretations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801838644
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/28/1989
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lowell Edmunds is an emeritus professor of classics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His books include Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry and Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece, both published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

General Introduction Lowell Edmunds 1

1 Introduction: The Reception of Greek Myth Jordi Pàmias 42

2 Introduction: What's Sauce for the Goose Is Sauce for the Gander: Myth and Ritual, Old and New H. S. Versnel 84

3 Introduction: Greek and Near Eastern Mythologies: A Story of Mediterranean Encounters Carolina López-Ruiz 152

4 Introduction: Hierarchy, Heroes, and Heads: Indo-European Structures in Greek Myth Joseph Falaky Nagy 200

5 Introduction: Odysseus and the Oar: A Comparative Approach to a Greek Legend William Hansen 245

6 Introduction: Narrative Semantics and Pragmatics: The Poetic Creation of Cyrene Claude Calame 280

7 Introduction: Myths in Images: Theseus and Medea as a Case Study Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood 353

8 Introduction: Greek Myth and Psychoanalysis Robert A. Segal 407

Contributors 457

Index 459

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