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Myth, Religion and Society - R.L. Gordon

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Published: 8th March 1982
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The essays in this volume explore different aspects of the relation between Greek myth and Greek thought between the Archaic period (Homer and Hesiod) and the Hellenistic period, highlighting both the continuities and the contrasts in the Greek interpretations and 'uses' of myth. With the exception of the essay by Louis Gernet, all bear traces of the authors; attempts to combine older views stemming essentially from Durkheim and his pupils with Levi-Strauss's version of structuralism. Because the potential field is unmanageably large this selection concentrates on four important areas: the value of Greek myth in revealing the underlying coherence of Greek views of divinity; the manner in which Greek myth constructed meanings for Greek culture as a whole by selecting and combining certain motifs derived from different areas of life; the relationship between myth and delicate areas of social existence such as the nature of the value of certain objects and the passage of individuals from one status to another; and finally, the role of the myth in providing 'forms' for breaking rules - both in order to confirm the norm and to provide symbolic and actuals means of escape from dominant social rules and meanings. This book should be of interest to students in a number of disciplines concerned with myth and ancient society.

Myth and divinity
The union with Metis and the sovereignty of heaven
The 'Sea Crow'
The Human Condition
The myth of Prometheus in Hesiod
Sacrificial and alimentary codes in Hesiod's myth of Prometheus
Land and sacrifice in the Odyssey: a study of religious and mythical meanings
The myth of 'Honeyed Orpheus'
Myth and Social Order
'Value' in Greek myth
The Black Hunter and the origin of the Athenian epheberia
Recipes for Greek adolescence
Disorder and Deviance
Slavery and the rule of women in tradition, myth and utopia
Athens and Atlantis: structure and meaning of a Platonic myth
Between beasts
Abbreviations used
Notes
Works cited
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ISBN: 9780521296403
ISBN-10: 0521296404
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 8th March 1982
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48