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Greek Mythology, Week 1

by: Jennifer Hughes

Greek Mythology, Week 1 CLST 107 001

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Date Created: 07/30/16
Classical Mythology The Nature of Myth August 25th Myth  From Greek Mythos “speech” “story”  “traditional tale with collective importance”  Traditional tale: handed over orally from one story teller to another. It is anonymous.  The teller of a mythos does not claim personal responsibility for what he does. He just passes the story on.  The tale is subject to constant change. Variants  Plot (Beginning, Middle, End)  Character (Gods, Goddesses, supernatural beings, humans)  Setting (identifiable places or not) Divine Myth  Stories about gods  Function: To provide explanation( why the world, or some aspect of it, is the way it is?) o (Explanatory/ etiological mth) o Analogy with modern science e.g. , why does it thunder? Physics…or….zeus? Legend, saga  Stories about heroes (Extraordinary human beings)  Function: To provide explanation of “ historical “ facts that happened in the past. Most greeks believed that these stories and their heroes did exist. Analogy with History. Folktale  Stories that are neither divine myths nor legends. Stories about “Common Peoople” although gods and spirits may appear too. Analogy with fairytales or even novels and feature films.  Function: To provide entertainment.  The principal source for the study of ancient myths is works of literature.  We will read a specific version of a myth, given by a specific person, at a specific time (e.g., Sophocles’ Oedipus)


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