CLS studyguide - T heories of myth: Physical : myths made...

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Physical : myths made to explain physical concepts. For example the Gods represent natural forces (Poseidon = water, chromos = time). Conflicts in myth represent natural conflicts -> fire vs. water. Euhemerus/Historical Allegory: Gods were actually great men => kings! Metaphysical Theory: Gods represent abstract concepts like the soul (myths give us hints of the reality we cannot grasp) Moral Allegory: Myths are based on communicating good/bad Nature Theory: Greeks tried to explain their world with language/words (combines physical theory with “disease of language”) Mircea Eliade: Myths as a result of longing for Golden age/ Time of creativity during easy weather conditions. Structural: Levi-Strauss= meaning not conveyed by content but structure Psychological: myths as expression of subconscious/dreams etc. boo. The Bacchae (by Euripides) – Cadmus: king Pentheus: new prince, questioning sexuality Bacchus: Wants to be recognized as a God! (Mother Semele) Agave: mother
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course CLS 121.H taught by Professor Dr.torlone during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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