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Classical Mythology Lecture Notes Why Classical? Acient greeks and Romans 900 BC to 300 AD POLIS (know for exam) Greeks first and then Romans Why Mythology? Myth and mythology What myth is not: history reveals religion truth literature legend folktale fable the opposite of “true” enemy of reason pre-logical mentality cultural centrality What myth is: story and story elements traditional story, no text, no author, only variant subject to group control oral transmission Myth: 1) Story:
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Unformatted text preview: • need myth to be narrative (version of it) • what it takes to tell a story 2) Traditional: • versions exist in sources, no “original” • myths don't have any authors, only sources have authors 3) Subject to Group Control: • myths survive due to cultural relevance • Uses of Myth? Never the focal activity, always for some other purpose • Myth is what they had when doing other things, such as religious rituals and sculptures. September 16, 09 1...
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