Greek Mythology: Poetics, Pragmatics and Fiction

TitleGreek Mythology: Poetics, Pragmatics and Fiction
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCalame, C
TranslatorLloyd, J
Number of Pages288 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge
ISBN9780521888585
Abstract

Myths are not simple narrative plots. In ancient Greece, as in other traditional societies, these tales existed only in the poetic or artistic forms in which they were set down. To read them from an anthropological point of view means to study their meaning according to their forms of expression - epic recitation, ritual celebration of the victory of an athlete, tragic performance, erudite Alexandrian poetry, antiquarian prose text; in other words, to study the functions of Greek myths in their permanent retelling and reshaping. Falling between social reality and cultural fiction, Greek myths were evolving creations, constantly adapting themselves to new conditions of performance. Using myths suc