Myth and History in Ancient Greece: The Symbolic Creation of a Colony

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Surely the ancient Greeks would have been baffled to see what we consider their "mythology." Here, Claude Calame mounts a powerful critique of modern-day misconceptions on this front and the lax methodology that has allowed them to prevail. He argues that the Greeks viewed their abundance of narratives not as a single mythology but as an "archaeology." They speculated symbolically on key historical events so that a community of believing citizens could access them efficiently, through ritual means. Central to the book is ...

Myth and History in Ancient Greece: The Symbolic Creation of a Colony 2003, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691114583

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