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Myth and Thought among the Greeks : Zone Books - Jean-Pierre Vernant

Myth and Thought among the Greeks

Zone Books

By: Jean-Pierre Vernant, Janet Lloyd (Translator), Jeff Fort (Translator)

Paperback Published: 12th May 2006
ISBN: 9781890951603
Number Of Pages: 512
For Ages: 18+ years old

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When Jean-Pierre Vernant first published Myth and Thought among the Greeks in 1965, it transformed the field of ancient Greek scholarship, calling forth a new way to think about Greek myth and thought. In eighteen essays--three of which, along with a new preface, are translated into English for the first time--Vernant freed the subject of ancient Greece from its philological chains and reread the questions of "muthos" and "logos" within multifaced and transdisciplinary contexts--of religion, ritual, and art, philosophy, science, social and economic institutions, and historical psychology. A major contribution to both the humanities and the social sciences, Myth and Thought among the Greeks aims to come to terms with a single, essential question: How were individual persons in ancient Greece inseparable from a social and cultural environment of which they were simultaneously the creators and products? Seven themes organize this stellar work--from "Myth Structures" and "Mythic Aspects of Memory and Time" to "The Organization of Space," "Work and Technological Thought," and "Personal Identity and Religion." A master storyteller, an innovative, precise, and original thinker, Vernant continues to change the narratives we tell about the histories of civilizations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.

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This brillant essay of historical psychology reveals and rediscovers the profound influence and meaning of Hellenism.

This brillant essay of historical psychology reveals and rediscovers the profound influence and meaning of Hellenism.

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Preface to the 1985 Editionp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Myth Structures
Hesiod's Myth of the Races: An Essay in Structural Analysisp. 25
Hesiod's Myth of the Races: A Reassessmentp. 53
Structural Method and the Myth of the Racesp. 89
Mythical Aspects of Memory and Time
Mythic Aspects of Memoryp. 115
The River Ameles and the Melete Thanatoup. 139
The Organization of Space
Hestia-Hermes: The Religious Expression of Space and Movement in Ancient Greecep. 157
Geometry and Spherical Astronomy in Early Greek Cosmologyp. 197
Geometric Structure and Political Ideas in the Cosmology of Anaximanderp. 213
Space and Political Organization in Ancient Greecep. 235
Work and Technological Thought
Prometheus and the Technological Functionp. 263
Work and Nature in Ancient Greecep. 275
Some Psychological Aspects of Work in Ancient Greecep. 293
Some Remarks on the Forms and Limitations of Technological Thought among the Greeksp. 299
The Psychological Category of the Double
The Figuration of the Invisible and the Psychological Category of the Double: The Kolossosp. 321
From the "Presentification" of the Invisible to the Imitation of Appearancep. 333
Personal Identity and Religion
Some Aspects of Personal Identity in Greek Religionp. 353
From Myth to Reason
The Formation of Positivist Thought in Archaic Greecep. 371
The Origins of Philosophyp. 399
Notesp. 409
Indexp. 497
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ISBN: 9781890951603
ISBN-10: 1890951609
Series: Zone Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 12th May 2006
Publisher: Zone Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.7