Myth, Ritual, Memory and Exchange: Essays in Greek Literature and Culture

Myth, Ritual, Memory and Exchange: Essays in Greek Literature and Culture


By (author) John Gould

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 434 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 216mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019926581X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199265817
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

How did Greek literature and cultural assumptions / world-view interact? John Gould examines ancient Greek ideas concerning myth, ritual, memory, and exchange. An overriding interest in anthropological fieldwork shapes his argument. The book contains the most significant essays (some now regarded as classics) written by one of the world's foremost experts in Greek mythology and culture over the last thirty years, including many previously unpublished papers. Newly revised, with reference both to corroborative material and to subsequent treatments and discussion of significantly different approaches to the same topics, these essays give the whole volume a marked coherence of focus and argument. Most of the essays arise out of the experience of teaching and address problems, puzzles, and misunderstandings encountered by students.

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The late John Gould was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol

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Review from previous edition invaluable collection of papers from a life's work at the cutting edge of literary interpretation ... There is a vast amount here to digest and reflect upon. Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1. Ancient Poetry and Modern Readers ; 2. Hiketeia ; 3. Dramatic Character and 'Human Intelligibility' in Greek Tragedy ; 4. Law, Custom, and Myth: Aspects of the Social Position of Women in Classical Athens ; 5. Homeric Epic and the Tragic Moment ; 6. Tragedy in Performance ; 7. On Making Sense of Greek Religion ; 8. Mothers' Day: A Note on Euripides' Bacchae ; 9. The Language of Oedipus ; 10. Oedipus and Antigone at Thebes ; 11. Dionysus and the Hippy Convoy: Ritual, Myth, and Metaphor in the Cult of Dionysus ; 12. Give and Take in Herodotus ; 13. Plato and Performance ; 14. '... And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Kings': Greek Tragic Drama as Narrative ; 15. The Idea of Society in the Iliad ; 16. Herodotus and Religion ; 17. Tragedy and Collective Experience ; 18. Myth, Memory, and the Chorus: 'Tragic Rationality' ; Epimetrum: On the Nature of Collective Memory