What is myth - What is myth? Origin mid 19th, from modern...

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What is myth? Origin mid 19 th , from modern latin mythus , via late latin from greek muthos 1. A traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining natural or social phenomenon -The heroes of greek myth 2. Widely held but false belief or idea -Misrepresentation of the truth -Imaginary person -Exaggerated conception of a person or thing Mythos//Logos For Aristophanes both means “Story”; For Plato the phillsopher, mythos is “story” and logos is “ rational argument” Myth is a narrative that transmits something of collective importance Myth is “ ideology in narrative form” Authors -Hesiod (750-650 BC): Greek epic poet -“Priestly source” (600-450BC): Jewish scribes in exile in Babylon, or in post- exile Jerusalem -Ovid (43 BC-AD17/18): Metamorphoses AD 8. Theogony Strands to follow: 1. Creation of the world through Generations 2. How did Zeus come to rule the world? Generational struggle: “succession motif” a. order achieved through retribution b. order through power struggle c. order through the defeat of the monster
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course CC 303 taught by Professor Perlman during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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What is myth - What is myth? Origin mid 19th, from modern...

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