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CLASSICS45A midterm1 study guide

CLASSICS45A midterm1 study guide - Classics 45A Midterm...

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Classics 45A Midterm 1 (35% of grade) 25 MC, 10 short answer, 1 creative question in essay form Creative question on midterm 1: If you were to think and put myth in a modern context, what would you like to do? Creative question: write a story (take ideas from a myth and apply it to your life) What is myth? Myth, Saga/Legend, Folktale - Myth: primarily concerned with the gods and relations with mortals - Sage or legend: contains historical truth and focuses on adventures of heroes - Folktale: includes elements of the fantastic and magical Intellectual Approaches and Theories Euhemerism: Myth is a form of early history (gods were once men) – 300 BC Platonism: critical of myth, believed they presented a distorted image of reality – 4 th c. BC Neoplatonism: revival of Plato’s theories, believed in higher dimension of time; myth is a vehicle for discovering higher truths – 200-500 AD Structuralist – 20 th c. - Claude Levi-Strauss: Myth is a kind of communication, like language or music; binary structure - Vladimer Propp: Myth have 31 motifs; actions do not change in stories. All folktales are mostly about
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