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    DescriptionBy the Roman age the traditional stories of Greek myth had long since ceased to reflect popular culture. Mythology had become instead a central element in elite culture. If one did not know the stories one would not understand most of the allusions in the poets and orators, classics and contemporaries alike; nor would one be able to identify the scenes represented on the mosaic floors and wall paintings in your cultivated friends' houses, or on the silverware on their tables at dinner. Mythology was no longer imbibed in the nursery; nor could it be simply picked up from the often oblique allusions in the classics. It had to be learned in school, as illustrated by the extraordinary amount of elementary mythological information in the many surviving ancient commentaries on the classics, notably Servius, who offers a mythical story for almost every person, place, and even plant Vergil mentions. Commentators used the classics as pegs on which to hang stories they thought their students should know. A surprisingly large number of mythographic treatises survive from the early empire, and many papyrus fragments from lost works prove that they were in common use. In addition, author Alan Cameron identifies a hitherto unrecognized type of aid to the reading of Greek and Latin classical and classicizing texts-what might be called mythographic companions to learned poets such as Aratus, Callimachus, Vergil, and Ovid, complete with source references. Much of this book is devoted to an analysis of the importance evidently attached to citing classical sources for mythical stories, the clearest proof that they were now a part of learned culture. So central were these source references that the more unscrupulous faked them, sometimes on the grand scale.


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    Title
    Greek Mythography in the Roman World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Cameron
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195171211
    ISBN 10: 0195171217
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 18100
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, FOR016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 470.915
    LC classification: PA3070.C36
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    DC22: 470.9/15
    LC classification: PA3070 .C36 2004
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    Thema V1.0: JBGB, DSBB, DB, NHDA, QRS
    Illustrations note
    1 halftone, 1 line illus.
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    16 September 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Alan Cameron is Charles Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Columbia University.
    Review quote
    ...a valuable monograph to set beside recent editions of mythographers by Fowler and Lightfoot. Bob Cowan, Journal of Hellenic Studies