The story of myth

Greek myths have long been admired as beautiful, thrilling stories but dismissed as serious objects of belief, even for the Greeks themselves. Indeed, for centuries scholars have argued that the stories that the Greeks handed down to us--the epics, the tragedies and the other compelling works that t...

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Main Author: Johnston, Sarah Iles 1957-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England Harvard University Press 2018
In:Year: 2018
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Classical antiquity / Greek language / Mythology
IxTheo Classification:BE Greco-Roman religions
Further subjects:B Discourse analysis, Narrative
B Mythology, Greek Comparative studies
B Heroes Mythology Greece
B Heroes Mythology
B Mythology, Greek Greece
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Summary:Greek myths have long been admired as beautiful, thrilling stories but dismissed as serious objects of belief, even for the Greeks themselves. Indeed, for centuries scholars have argued that the stories that the Greeks handed down to us--the epics, the tragedies and the other compelling works that the Greeks left behind--obscure the 'real' myths that supposedly inspired them, and have striven to excavate their hidden meanings. The Story of Myth, however, argues that it was precisely their nature as stories--as gripping tales, starring vivid characters--that enabled myths to do their most important work: to create and sustain belief in the gods and heroes that populated them, thus forming the basis of Greek religion. By drawing on recent work in narratology, sociology and folklore studies and by comparing Greek myths to other narratives--not only the myths of other cultures such as the ancient Near East, but fairy tales, fantasy works, 19th century ghost stories, modern novels, and television series, as well--author Sarah Iles Johnston reveals the subtle yet powerful ways in which the myths forged enduring bonds between their characters and their audience members, created coherent story-worlds, and made it possible to believe in extraordinary gods.--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
Literaturverzeichnis Seite 329-344
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ISBN:0674185072