From Ikaria to the Stars: Classical Mythification, Ancient and Modern by Peter Green
This collection of essays represents Peter Green's observations on classical myth and is wide-ranging in the questions it asks, including, what did the Greeks think about myth? what factors were responsible for it? what was the role of magic and who designed it? From Hesiod's Works and Days , to Herodotus and Periclean Athens, to the mythicisation of Alexander's Alexandria, Green often sets Greek myth and history against one another, opening the door 'into non-rational and quasi-rational modes of thought in which it becomes possible to write painful truths and unacceptable history'.
PETER GREEN is James R. Dougherty, Jr., Centennial Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently he serves as Adjunct Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa and Editor of Syllecta Classica.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1. "These Fragments Have I Shored against My Ruins": Apollonius Rhodius and the Social Revalidation of Myth for a New Age 2. The Flight-Plan of Daedalus 3. Works and Days 1-285: Hesiod's Invisible Audience 4. Athenian History and Historians in the Fifth Century B.C. 5. The Metamorphosis of the Barbarian: Athenian Panhellenism in a Changing World 6. Text and Context in the Matter of Xenophon's Exile 7. Rebooking the Flute-Girls: A Fresh Look at the Chronological Evidence for the Fall of Athens and the Eight-Month Rule of the Thirty 8. A Variety of Greek Appetites 9. Alexander's Alexandria 10. The Muses' Birdcage, Then and Now 11. How Political Was the Stoa? 12. Ancient Ethics, Modern Therapy 13. Getting to Be a Star: The Politics of Catasterism 14. The Innocence of Procris: Ovid A.A. 3. 687-746 15. Magic and the Principle of Apparent Causality in Pliny's Natural History Appendix A. Tanglewood Tales for the Yuppies Appendix B. Homer for the Kiddies Bibliography Index
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