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Rationalizing myth in antiquity, Greta Hawes

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Rationalizing myth in antiquity
Title
Rationalizing myth in antiquity
Statement of responsibility
Greta Hawes
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The Greek myths are characteristically fabulous; they are full of monsters, metamorphoses, and the supernatural. However, they could be told in other ways as well. This volume charts ancient dissatisfaction with the excesses of myth, and the various attempts to cut these stories down to size by explaining them as misunderstood accounts of actual events. In the hands of ancient rationalizers, the hybrid forms of the Centaurs become early horse-riders, seen from a distance; the Minotaur the result of an illicit liaison, not an inter-species love affair; and Cerberus, nothing more than a notorious snake with a lethal bite. Such approaches form an indigenous mode of ancient myth criticism, and show Greeks grappling with the value and utility of their own narrative traditions. Rationalizing interpretations offer an insight into the practical difficulties inherent in distinguishing myth from history in ancient Greece, and indeed the fragmented nature of myth itself as a conceptual entity. By focusing on six Greek authors (Palaephatus, Heraclitus, Excerpta Vaticana, Conon, Plutarch, and Pausanias) and tracing the development of rationalistic interpretation from the fourth century BC to the Second Sophistic (1st-2nd centuries AD) and beyond, 'Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity' shows that, far from being marginalized as it has been in the past, rationalization should be understood as a fundamental component of the pluralistic and shifting network of Greek myth as it was experienced in antiquity
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Hawes, Greta
Dewey number
880.09
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3015.R4
LC item number
H39 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Heraclitus
  • Palaephatus
  • Conon
  • Plutarch
  • Pausanias
  • Greek literature
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Griechisch
  • Literatur
  • Mythos
  • Rezeption
  • Rationalität
  • Greek literature
Label
Rationalizing myth in antiquity, Greta Hawes
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation--University of Bristol, Jan. 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-273) and indexes
Control code
866619988
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 279 p.
Isbn
9780199672776
Lccn
2013954326
System control number
(OCoLC)866619988
Label
Rationalizing myth in antiquity, Greta Hawes
Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation--University of Bristol, Jan. 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-273) and indexes
Control code
866619988
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 279 p.
Isbn
9780199672776
Lccn
2013954326
System control number
(OCoLC)866619988

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