Unformatted text preview: • Ritual Theory-A key to ancient cult practices • Psychological-Freud and Jung, archetypes and the modern mind • Folktale-Structuralism, narrative patterns, motifs • Social-Myths indicate ancient attitudes; myths subject to revision What are Myths? • Myth- “A traditional tale with secondary partial reference to something of collective importance”-Walter Burkert • Greek Myths-traditional narratives related to the Olympian pantheon, shared history, and ritual practice • Types in traditional tales- exogamic suitor (search for food and progeny), monster-killer, fatal maidens, trickster, reciprocity, trebling What is Mythology? • Muthos- utterance, explanation; poetry • Logos- word, speech, an account; prose • Mythology-a prose account of poetic narratives....
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- Fall '08
- Greek Mythology, B.C.E, Early Greek Civilizations, Modern Study of Myths, Greek Myths-traditional narratives