A Companion to Greek Mythology presents a series of essays that explore the phenomenon of Greek myth from its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours through its development as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world. * Features essays from a prestigious international team of literary experts * Includes coverage of Greek myth s intersection with history, philosophy and religion * Introduces readers to topics in mythology that are often inaccessible to non-specialists * Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as Archaic and Classical Greece
Ken Dowden is Professor of Classics and Head of the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Uses of Greek Mythology (1992), European Paganism (2000), and Zeus (2006). Niall Livingstone is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Isocrates Busiris (2001) and Epigram (with G. Nisbet, 2010).
List of Illustrations viii List of Maps xi List of Tables xii Notes on Contributors xiii To the Reader xviii Acknowledgements xxi Glossary xxii Abbreviations xxv Approaching Myth 1 1 Thinking through Myth, Thinking Myth Through 3 Ken Dowden and Niall Livingstone PART I Establishing the Canon 25 2 Homer's Use of Myth 27 Francoise Letoublon 3 Telling the Mythology: From Hesiod to the Fifth Century 47 Ken Dowden 4 Orphic Mythology 73 Radcliffe G. Edmonds III PART II Myth Performed, Myth Believed 107 5 Singing Myth: Pindar 109 Ian Rutherford 6 Instructing Myth: From Homer to the Sophists 125 Niall Livingstone 7 Acting Myth: Athenian Drama 141 Jean Alaux 8 Displaying Myth: The Visual Arts 157 Susan Woodford 9 Platonic 'Myths' 179 Penelope Murray 10 Myth in History 195 Alan Griffiths PART III New Traditions 209 11 Myth and Hellenic Identities 211 Fritz Graf 12 Names and Places: Myth in Alexandria 227 Anatole Mori 13 The Myth of Rome 243 Matthew Fox 14 Displaying Myth for Roman Eyes 265 Zahra Newby 15 The Myth that Saves: Mysteries and Mysteriosophies 283 Ken Dowden 16 Myth and Death: Roman Mythological Sarcophagi 301 Zahra Newby 17 Myth in Christian Authors 319 Fritz Graf PART IV Older Traditions 339 18 The Indo-European Background to Greek Mythology 341 Nicholas J. Allen 19 Near Eastern Mythologies 357 Alasdair Livingstone and Birgit Haskamp 20 Levantine, Egyptian, and Greek Mythological Conceptions of the Beyond 383 Nanno Marinatos and Nicolas Wyatt PART V Interpretation 411 21 Interpreting Images: Mysteries, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings 413 Susan Woodford 22 The Myth of History: The Case of Troy 425 Dieter Hertel 23 Women and Myth 443 Sian Lewis 24 Mythology of the Black Land: Greek Myths and Egyptian Origins 459 Ian Rutherford 25 Psychoanalysis: The Wellspring of Myth? 471 Richard H. Armstrong 26 Initiation: The Key to Myth? 487 Ken Dowden 27 The Semiotics and Pragmatics of Myth 507 Claude Calame, translated by Ken Dowden PART VI Conspectus 525 28 A Brief History of the Study of Greek Mythology 527 Jan N. Bremmer Bibliography 549 Index of Texts Discussed 605 Index of Names 613 Index of Subjects 635