By Stephen Kershaw
The booklet leads the reader via those vivid tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the favourite narratives are the following, besides a few much less prevalent characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the ebook explains key concerns bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.
This long-overdue booklet crystallises 3 key components of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly elements of Greek mythology merely frequently to be had in disparate types - particularly children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's fascinating, astonishing, and weird in addition to general. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.
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Extra resources for A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths
At the time when anthropological approaches were developing, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) advanced a view of myth based in the individual rather than in society. Myth, he thought, was a byproduct of personal psychological forces. Freud's theories of myth began with his thinking about the dreams of individuals. The mind of a sleeper works by different rules from the mind of the wakeful, although dream symbols can be correlated with things in the waking world. Freud formulated rules by which translation from symbolism in dreams to everyday reality takes place.
The mandata, a perfectly symmetrical, geometric visual figure used for focusing the consciousness in Buddhist meditation, was considered byJung to be an emblem of the total psychological integration that each person seeks and that myth reflects. In this sense myth can never be discarded from human life. 7 A follower of Jung, Erich Neumann (1905-1960) used Jung's method to explain the common myth of the dragon-combat. The myth, he argued, symbolizes the breaking away of an individual's consciousness from the great collective unconscious of the world.
Because the Greek enduein originally meant "to dive," the name Endymion at first simply described the sun's setting ("diving") in the sea. The original meaning of enduein faded and was misunderstood to refer to a person, Endymion ("Diver"). " In effect, Max Mûller combined ancient physical allegory with the theories of Palaephatus about the distortion of language. Myth, he thought, begins through a "disease of language" whereby the original meaning of language, especially in observations about solar phenomena, was gradually misunderstood and reinterpreted.
A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths by Stephen Kershaw