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Greek Mythology www.theoi.com What is a myth? - Stories that have been passed down for a long time. - Used to explain the unknown. - Maybe some fact, unknown origins. - Somehow connected to religion. - Gods and heroes and monsters. - Lesson, morals, behavior. - Entertainment. - Political and social systems. - Representation of human desires. - People behaving in extraordinary circumstances. Myth - Greek word is muthos o Word o Speech o Statement o Narrative o Story From 8 th Century BC to the 4 th Century BC. Muthologia - Telling of Stories. - Transmission of myths is from oral tradition. o Singing with instruments. Myth and Religion
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Unformatted text preview: -Myths as “sacred narratives.” -Explains aspects of natural world. -Gods as personifications. -Worship of Gods. -Statue of Zeus at Olympia o Was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Friday September 9, 2011 Myth, Legend, and Folktale: What the Class Thinks. -Folktale geared more towards children. -Myths, generation to generation. -Legends: Folktales more about specific heroes. -Legends are exaggeration of the truth. -Legends more about humans, myths about Gods. -Legends might show us what to copy. -Myths might show us what not to do. -Myths are less variable than folktales....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course CLASSICS 224 taught by Professor Kitchel during the Fall '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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