I]A significant other to Greek Mythology[/i] provides a chain of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fable from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
• gains essays from a prestigious foreign group of literary experts
• contains assurance of Greek myth's intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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Such entertainments had a grisly counterpart in the staging of executions as gruesome mythical death scenes, presenting an audience with, for example, Orpheus (in a slightly unusual version of his story) not charming wild animals with his singing but being savaged to death by them instead. On a happier note, the highly elaborate mythical decoration of some dining rooms seems designed to set the tone for appropriately erudite and witty conversation: as in Euripides’ play above, pictures are an excellent talking-point.
40. Lefkowitz and Rogers (1996), and the riposte of Bernal (2001). 41. Kirk (1970 and especially 1974); Leach (1974: ch. 4). 42. Dodd and Faraone (2003: xiv). 43. This is Meyer et al. indd 26 2/2/2011 9:44:37 AM CHAPTER TWO Homer’s Use of Myth Françoise Létoublon Epic and Mythology The epics of Homer1 are probably the oldest Greek literary texts that we have,2 and their subject is select episodes from the Trojan War. The Iliad deals with a short period in the tenth year of the war;3 the Odyssey is set in the period covered by Odysseus’ return from the war to his homeland of Ithaca, beginning with his departure from Kalypso’s island after a seven-year stay.
Dowden (forthcoming). ‘Fact and fiction in the New Mythology: 100 BC–AD 100’, in J. R. Morgan, I. Repath (eds), ‘Where the Truth Lies’: Lies and Metafiction in Ancient Literature, Groningen. 38. See Borg (2004), in which several essays are of interest to the student of mythology. 39. Bachofen (1861, 1967). 40. Lefkowitz and Rogers (1996), and the riposte of Bernal (2001). 41. Kirk (1970 and especially 1974); Leach (1974: ch. 4). 42. Dodd and Faraone (2003: xiv). 43. This is Meyer et al. indd 26 2/2/2011 9:44:37 AM CHAPTER TWO Homer’s Use of Myth Françoise Létoublon Epic and Mythology The epics of Homer1 are probably the oldest Greek literary texts that we have,2 and their subject is select episodes from the Trojan War.