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Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures

Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures

Paperback Sather Classical Lectures (Paperback)

By (author) G. S. Kirk

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 224mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1973
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520023897
  • ISBN 13: 9780520023895
  • Sales rank: 565,328

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Explores the nature, structure, and significance of the myths of primitive and ancient societies, focusing on Greece and Mesopotamia. Bibliogs.

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Geoffrey Kirk (1921-2003) held the regius chair in Greek at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1982 and was a major figure in the study of the presocratic philosophers and early Greek epic poetry.

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"[Kirk's] great contribution is to bring together all the influential schools for a clear hard look and to open sensible lines for needed research into this elusive field. . . . His main point: no universal theory can explain all types of myth. . . . A most valuable and important book."--"Classical World

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations I. Myth, Ritual and Folktale II. Levi-Strauss and the Structural Approach III. The Nature of Myths in Ancient Mesopotamia IV. Nature and Culture: Gilgamesh, Centaurs, and Cyclopes V. The Qualities of Greek Myths VI. Tales, Dreams, Symbols: Towards a Fuller Understanding of Myths Index