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CC 303 Introduction to Classical Mythology Dr. Ben Henry
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The Nature of Myth “The longer I occupy myself with the questions of ancient mythology, the more diffident I become of success in dealing with them, and I am apt to think that we who spend our years in searching for solutions to these insoluble problems are like Sisyphus perpetually rolling his stone uphill only to see it revolve again into the valley.” Sir James G. Frazer (1854-1941), author of the Golden Bough
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What is a myth? ! Mythos : ‘tale’ or ‘story’ ! traditional story ! involvement of gods/supernatural elements ! umbrella term ! various kinds to be distinguished:
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What is a myth? ! Etiological myths ! Example 1: loss of perpetual youth ! donkey and snake ! Zeus and Prometheus as Greek context ! double explanation
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What is a myth? ! Example 2: volcanic activity ! fury of Typhos ! description in Pindar (pp. 41-2) ! Mt Etna (Aetna)
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! Example 3: seasons
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MYTHOLOGY 303 taught by Professor Sheldimier during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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