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A Companion to Greek Mythology

Edited by: Ken Dowden and Niall Livingstone
eISBN: 9781405111782
Print publication date: 2011


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405111782.2011.x

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A Companion to Greek Mythology

A Companion to Greek Mythology approaches the richly diverse phenomenon of Greek myth from a distinctive new angle – one that delves deeply into its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks' contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours. Contributions from a team of international experts trace the development of Greek myth into a shared language, heritage, and way of thinking throughout the entire Greco-Roman world.

Individual essays address such topics as how myths were presented in stories, poems, dramas and all forms of visual art, as well as the role of myth in philosophy, learning, religion, mystery-cult, and Greek self identity. Other essays explore contemporary reception of Greek myth and the potential of modern theoretical approaches. A Companion to Greek Mythology offers invaluable insights into the ancient world that will help to shape our understanding of the wide ranging appeal and influence of Greek myth across the ages.

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Dowden, Ken and Niall Livingstone (eds). A Companion to Greek Mythology. Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. 11 December 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405111782_9781405111782>



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