01_1 The Nature of Myth

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Chapter One, Lecture One Nature of Myth
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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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The Nature of Myth The names of the great heroes of classical myth are familiar to us. The deeper history of their myths may not be. The myths evolved from preliterate cultures. We must first discuss what myth is.
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What is a myth? A story is a narrative with plot beginning, middle, end characters conflict, resolution setting
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Story telling is a common feature of all human cultures. One type of story is myth, but what is myth? Myth < Gk
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