Classical Mythology

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Wednesday August 29, 2007 More information can be looked up in G.S. Kirk’s, The Nature of Greek Myth. Myth comes from the original Greek word, mythos. -- Myth=any form of speech, word or tale and came to be associated with story telling. ** It is fictitious. Truth and myth are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but it can hold truths. -- Myth=story, mythology=body/group of stories. -- Myths deal with gods, mankind, beings, worshipping. Myths and religion tied together. --Myths describe man’s relationship with the divine. It is difficult to distinguish between saga, legend, folktale and fairytale. -- Saga/legend are used interchangeably. It could be historic, but possess fantastic elements. ** Example: Trojan saga has some validity on Trojan War. -- Folktales have highly creative elements and focus on entertainment. ** Has to do with everyday life. Does not have aristocratic sense of myth. Universalistic theories - try to account for all myths at large, myth as a whole.
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