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Exploring Greek Myth

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii Chapter One: The Knife Did It 1 Definitions and Characteristics for the Study of Myth Chapter Two: Six Hundred Gods 15 Greek Myth and Greek Religion Chapter Three: Homer?s Beauty Pageant 30 The Traditions of Myth Chapter Four: Pelops? Shoulder 43 Sources for the Study of Myth Chapter Five: Ikaros? Wings, Aktaion?s Dogs 54 Myth and Meaning Chapter Six: The Bones of Orestes 68 Heroes in Myth and Society Chapter Seven: Born from the Earth 80 Founders of Cities and Families Chapter Eight: The Judgment of Paris 97 Comparative Myth Chapter Nine: Boys in Dresses, Brides with Beards 111 Myth and Gender Chapter Ten: Agamemnon?s Mask? 126 Myth and History Chapter Eleven: Orestes on Trial 140 Myth and Thought Chapter Twelve: Plato and the Poets 154 Philosophy and Myth Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion 168 Notes 171 References 179 Index 187

About the Author

Matthew Clark is Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature and Culture in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. His previous publications include Out of Line: Homeric Composition Beyond the Hexameter (1997), A Matter of Style: Writing and Technique (2002), and Narrative Structures and the Language of the Self (2010).


This volume admirably achieves Clark s goal ofbridging the gap between the introductory books and thescholarly studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. (Choice, 1 October 2012)

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