The Uses of Greek Mythology

The Uses of Greek Mythology

Paperback International Library of Psychology

By (author) Ken Dowden

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 8mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415061350
  • ISBN 13: 9780415061353
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 201,111

Product description

In an innovative sequence of topics, Ken Dowden explores the uses Greeks made of myth and the uses to which we can put myth in recovering the richness of their culture. Most aspects of Greek life and history - including war, religion and sexuality - which are discernable through myth, as well as most modern approaches, are given a context in a book which is designed to be useful, accessible and stimulating.

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..."the book constitutes an excellent Encheiridion for whoever wants quick but reliable general data about Ancient Greece, and in this regard, it will continue to offer further excellent services.."-" Journal of Indo-European Studies

Table of contents

Part 1 Attitudes to myth: myth and mythology; what is myth? a lie?, a Greek world, "myth", "history" and other terms. Part 2 Greek mythology: Greek mythology, a total system, formation - archaic texts; myth and art before 500 BC, formation - the Classical Age, formation - Hellenistic and Roman Ages.