Myth : Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures

By (author) G. S. Kirk

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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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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 162.56 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • 01 Sep 1973
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 0520023897
  • 9780520023895
  • 620,716

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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

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