Myth, Ritual, Memory, and Exchange: Essays in Greek Literature and Culture

Paperback | November 17, 2003

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How did Greek literature and cultural assumptions / world-view interact? John Gould examines ancient Greek ideas concerning myth, ritual, memory, and exchange. An overriding interest in anthropological fieldwork shapes his argument. The book contains the most significant essays (some now regarded as classics) written by one of the world's foremost experts in Greek mythology and culture over the last thirty years, including many previously unpublished papers. Newly revised, with reference both to corroborative material and tosubsequent treatments and discussion of significantly different approaches to the same topics, these essays give the whole volume a marked coherence of focus and argument. Most of the essays arise out of the experience of teaching and address problems, puzzles, and misunderstandings encountered bystudents.

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How did Greek literature and cultural assumptions / world-view interact? John Gould examines ancient Greek ideas concerning myth, ritual, memory, and exchange. An overriding interest in anthropological fieldwork shapes his argument. The book contains the most significant essays (some now regarded as classics) written by one of the worl...

The late John Gould was Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:434 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.88 inPublished:November 17, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926581X

ISBN - 13:9780199265817

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Table of Contents

1. Ancient Poetry and Modern Readers2. Hiketeia3. Dramatic Character and 'Human Intelligibility' in Greek Tragedy4. Law, Custom, and Myth: Aspects of the Social Position of Women in Classical Athens5. Homeric Epic and the Tragic Moment6. Tragedy in Performance7. On Making Sense of Greek Religion8. Mothers' Day: A Note on Euripides' Bacchae9. The Language of Oedipus10. Oedipus and Antigone at Thebes11. Dionysus and the Hippy Convoy: Ritual, Myth, and Metaphor in the Cult of Dionysus12. Give and Take in Herodotus13. Plato and Performance14. '... And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Kings': Greek Tragic Drama as Narrative15. The Idea of Society in the Iliad16. Herodotus and Religion17. Tragedy and Collective Experience18. Myth, Memory, and the Chorus: 'Tragic Rationality'Epimetrum: On the Nature of Collective Memory

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`Review from previous edition invaluable collection of papers from a life's work at the cutting edge of literary interpretation ... There is a vast amount here to digest and reflect upon.'Times Literary Supplement