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    DescriptionThe essays in this volume explore different aspects of the relation between Greek myth and Greek thought between the Archaic period (Homer and Hesiod) and the Hellenistic period, highlighting both the continuities and the contrasts in the Greek interpretations and 'uses' of myth. With the exception of the essay by Louis Gernet, all bear traces of the authors; attempts to combine older views stemming essentially from Durkheim and his pupils with Levi-Strauss's version of structuralism. Because the potential field is unmanageably large this selection concentrates on four important areas: the value of Greek myth in revealing the underlying coherence of Greek views of divinity; the manner in which Greek myth constructed meanings for Greek culture as a whole by selecting and combining certain motifs derived from different areas of life; the relationship between myth and delicate areas of social existence such as the nature of the value of certain objects and the passage of individuals from one status to another; and finally, the role of the myth in providing 'forms' for breaking rules - both in order to confirm the norm and to provide symbolic and actuals means of escape from dominant social rules and meanings. This book should be of interest to students in a number of disciplines concerned with myth and ancient society.


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    Title
    Myth, Religion and Society
    Subtitle
    Structuralist Essays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) R.L. Gordon, By (author) Marcel Detienne, By (author) Louis Gernet, By (author) Jean-Pierre Vernant, By (author) Pierre Vidal-Naquet
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    French
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521296403
    ISBN 10: 0521296404
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    DC19: 292.13
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 292.13
    LC classification: BL782
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 292.1319
    LC classification: BL790.M95
    Thema V1.0: NH, NK, DSBB
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, bibliography, index
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    28 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Table of contents
    Part I. Myth and divinity: 1. The union with Metis and the sovereignty of heaven J. P. Vernant; 2. The 'Sea Crow' M. Detienne; Part II. The Human Condition: 3. The myth of Prometheus in Hesiod J. P. Vernant; 4. Sacrificial and alimentary codes in Hesiod's myth of Prometheus J. P. Vernant; 5. Land and sacrifice in the Odyssey: a study of religious and mythical meanings P. Vidal-Naquet; 6. The myth of 'Honeyed Orpheus' M. Detienne; Part III. Myth and Social Order: 7. 'Value' in Greek myth L. Gernet; 8. The Black Hunter and the origin of the Athenian epheberia P. Vidal-Naquet; 9. Recipes for Greek adolescence P. Vidal-Naquet; Part IV. Disorder and Deviance: 10. Slavery and the rule of women in tradition, myth and utopia P. VIdal-Naquet; 11. Athens and Atlantis: structure and meaning of a Platonic myth P. Vidal-Naquet; 12. Between beasts and Gods M. Detienne; Abbreviations used; Notes; Works cited.