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Title: A Companion to Greek Mythology
Author: Dowden, Ken Niall Livingstone (ed)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781405111782
Volumes: 1; Pages: 672
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A Companion to Greek Mythology presents a series of essays that explore the phenomenon of Greek myth from its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks? contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours through its development as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.* Features essays from a prestigious international team of literary experts* Includes coverage of Greek myth?s intersection with history, philosophy and religion* Introduces readers to topics in mythology that are often inaccessible to non-specialists* Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as Archaic and Classical Greece ContentsList of Illustrations.List of Maps.List of Tables.Notes on Contributors.To the Reader.Acknowledgements.Glossary.Abbreviations.Approaching Myth: Thinking through myth - thinking myth through (Ken Dowden & Niall Livingstone).Part 1 - Establishing the canon.1.1 Homer's use of myth (Fran�oise L�toublon).1.2 Telling the mythology: from Hesiod to the fifth century (Ken Dowden).1.3 Orphic mythology (Radcliffe G. Edmonds III).Part 2 - Myth performed, myth believed.2.1 Singing myth: Pindar (Ian Rutherford).2.2 Instructing myth: from Homer to the sophists (Niall Livingstone).2.3 Acting myth: Athenian drama (Jean Alaux).2.4 Displaying myth: the visual arts (Susan Woodford).2.5 Platonic 'myths' (Penelope Murray).2.6 Myth in history (Alan Griffiths).Part 3 - New traditions.3.1 Myth and Hellenic identities (Fritz Graf).3.2 Names and places: myth in Alexandria (Anatole Mori).3.3 The myth of Rome (Matthew Fox).3.4 Displaying myth for Roman eyes (Zahra Newby).3.5 The myth that saves: mysteries and mysteriosophies (Ken Dowden).3.6 Myth and death: Roman mythological sarcophagi (Zahra Newby).3.7 Myth in Christian authors (Fritz Graf).Part 4 - Older traditions.4.1 The Indo-European background to Greek mythology (Nicholas J. Allen).4.2 Near Eastern mythologies (Alasdair Livingstone & Birgit Haskamp).4.3 Underworlds in Greece and neighbouring cultures (Nanno Marinatos & Nicolas Wyatt).Part 5 - Interpretation.5.1 Interpreting images (Susan Woodford).5.2 The myth of history: the case of Troy (Dieter Hertel).5.3 Women and myth (Sian Lewis).5.4 Mythology of the Black Land: Greek myths and Egyptian origins (Ian Rutherford).5.5 Psychoanalysis: the wellspring of myth? (Richard Armstrong).5.6 Initiation: the key to myth? (Ken Dowden).5.7 The semiotics and pragmatics of myth (Claude Calame).Part 6 - Conspectus.6.1 A brief history of the study of Greek mythology (Jan N. Bremmer).Guide to fragmentary and less easily found texts.Bibliography.Index of texts discussed.Index of names.Index of subjects.