CLAS203-Lecture 3

CLAS203-Lecture 3 - LECTURE 3 WHAT IS MYTH? Religion,...

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LECTURE 3 WHAT IS MYTH? Religion, development, Near Eastern parallels
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taken from Classical Mythology, Powell. B. , 3 rd edition, Prentice Hall
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Religion polytheistic; anthropomorphic gods do not create world; dwell within it no god is all powerful: each has own sphere of influence gods exhibit humanlike behaviour: love, hate, ambition, greed, etc. do not ‘love’ humans or impose code of behaviour reveal their will by oracles expect respect, honour and sacrifice
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myth reveals early Greek beliefs belief in magic: manipulation of outside world by rituals and spells belief in curses: words embody power belief in spirits: ghosts of the dead belief in miasma (pollution): blood guilt of murderers affects those around them overlap of human and natural worlds animals with human qualities (e.g. speech) birth of humans from nonhumans (e.g. tree) metamorphoses of humans into gods, animals, trees, etc.
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Romans adopted and ‘remade’ Greek myth in their own image own culture, religious heritage, but few known traditional stories differences in society, beliefs evident in ‘reworking’ of myths (e.g. lessened
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2010 for the course CLAS 203 taught by Professor Margaretp during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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CLAS203-Lecture 3 - LECTURE 3 WHAT IS MYTH? Religion,...

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