Did The Greeks Believe In Their Myths?: An Essay on the Constitutive Imagination

Paperback | June 15, 1988

byPaul Veyne

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"[Veyne's] present book has some kinship with his sprightly theoretical work Comment on ecrit l'histoire; and he declares that its aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries. . . . The style is brilliant and exhilarating."—Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

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"(Veyne's) aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries....The style is brilliant and exhilarating". -- Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

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"[Veyne's] present book has some kinship with his sprightly theoretical work Comment on ecrit l'histoire; and he declares that its aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries. . . . The style is brilliant and exhilarating."—Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

Format:PaperbackDimensions:169 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.5 inPublished:June 15, 1988Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226854345

ISBN - 13:9780226854342

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Preface
Introduction
1. When Historical Truth Was Tradition and Vulgate
2. The Plurality and Analogy of True Words
3. The Social Distribution of Knowledge and the Modalities of Belief
4. Social Diversity of Beliefs and Mental Balkanization
5. Behind This Sociology an Implicit Program of Truth
6. Restoring Etiological Truth to Myth
7. Myth and Rhetorical Truth
8. Pausanias Entrapped
9. Forger's Truth, Philologist's Truth
10. The Need to Choose between Culture and Belief in a Truth
Notes
Index

From Our Editors

"(Veyne's) aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries....The style is brilliant and exhilarating". -- Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement