A Companion to Greek Mythology

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Ken Dowden, Niall Livingstone
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 21, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 672 pages
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A Companion to Greek Mythology presents a series of essays that explore the phenomenon of Greek myth from its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks’ contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours through its development as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
  • Features essays from a prestigious international team of literary experts
  • Includes coverage of Greek myth’s intersection with history, philosophy and religion
  • Introduces readers to topics in mythology that are often inaccessible to non-specialists
  • Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as Archaic and Classical Greece
  

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Contents

Thinking through Myth Thinking Myth Through
3
Establishing the Canon
25
Orphic Mythology
73
Myth Performed Myth Believed
107
The Visual Arts
157
Platonic Myths
179
Myth in History
195
Myth and Hellenic Identities
211
Myth in Christian Authors
319
The IndoEuropean Background
341
Near Eastern Mythologies
357
Levantine Egyptian and Greek Mythological
383
Mysteries Mistakes
413
and Egyptian Origins
459
A Brief History of the Study of Greek Mythology
527
Bibliography
549

Myth in Alexandria
227
The Myth of Rome
243
Displaying Myth for Roman Eyes
265
Mysteries
283
Roman Mythological Sarcophagi
301

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About the author (2011)

Ken Dowden is Professor of Classics and Director of the Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Uses of Greek Mythology (1992), European Paganism (2000), and Zeus (2006).

Niall Livingstone is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Isocrates’ Busiris (2001) and, with Gideon Nisbet, a forthcoming book on Greek epigrams.

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