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November 2- Myth and History

November 2- Myth and History - November 2 2007 Theseus Myth...

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November 2, 2007 Theseus Myth and History Although some ancient Greek myths focus on gods, most focus on human characters, with gods appearing in supporting roles or not at all Such myths are usually set in real places, well known to the original audiences - Odyssey : Ithaca (when not set in fairy-tale land) - Hippolytus : Trozen - Medea : Corinth - Bacchae : Thebes - Oresteia : Argos Stories about human characters set in real, well-known places, imagined as taking place in the distant past What for the ancient Greeks was the line between ‘myths’ like this and ‘history’? A very fuzzy one: both were stories about the past, although there was an awareness that stories about the far distant past were different from stories about the more recent past Herodotus (later 5 th century BCE): begins account of Persian wars with stories of ancient quarrels between people of Europe and people of Asia, including stories of Jason and the Argonauts and of the Trojan War Diodorus Siculus (mid 1 st
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