A Companion to Greek Mythology
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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
List of Maps.
List of Tables.
Notes on Contributors.
To the Reader.
Approaching Myth: Thinking through myth - thinking myth through (Ken Dowden & Niall Livingstone).
Part 1 - Establishing the canon.
1.1 Homer's use of myth (Françoise Létoublon).
1.2 Telling the mythology: from Hesiod to the fifth century (Ken Dowden).
1.3 Orphic mythology (Radcliffe G. Edmonds III).
Part 2 - Myth performed, myth believed.
2.1 Singing myth: Pindar (Ian Rutherford).
2.2 Instructing myth: from Homer to the sophists (Niall Livingstone).
2.3 Acting myth: Athenian drama (Jean Alaux).
2.4 Displaying myth: the visual arts (Susan Woodford).
2.5 Platonic 'myths' (Penelope Murray).
2.6 Myth in history (Alan Griffiths).
Part 3 - New traditions.
3.1 Myth and Hellenic identities (Fritz Graf).
3.2 Names and places: myth in Alexandria (Anatole Mori).
3.3 The myth of Rome (Matthew Fox).
3.4 Displaying myth for Roman eyes (Zahra Newby).
3.5 The myth that saves: mysteries and mysteriosophies (Ken Dowden).
3.6 Myth and death: Roman mythological sarcophagi (Zahra Newby).
3.7 Myth in Christian authors (Fritz Graf).
Part 4 - Older traditions.
4.1 The Indo-European background to Greek mythology (Nicholas J. Allen).
4.2 Near Eastern mythologies (Alasdair Livingstone & Birgit Haskamp).
4.3 Underworlds in Greece and neighbouring cultures (Nanno Marinatos & Nicolas Wyatt).
Part 5 - Interpretation.
5.1 Interpreting images (Susan Woodford).
5.2 The myth of history: the case of Troy (Dieter Hertel).
5.3 Women and myth (Sian Lewis).
5.4 Mythology of the Black Land: Greek myths and Egyptian origins (Ian Rutherford).
5.5 Psychoanalysis: the wellspring of myth? (Richard Armstrong).
5.6 Initiation: the key to myth? (Ken Dowden).
5.7 The semiotics and pragmatics of myth (Claude Calame).
Part 6 - Conspectus.
6.1 A brief history of the study of Greek mythology (Jan N. Bremmer).
Guide to fragmentary and less easily found texts.
Index of texts discussed.
Index of names.
Index of subjects.
Niall Livingstone is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Isocrates’ Busiris (2001) and, with Gideon Nisbet, a forthcoming book on Greek epigrams.
"This collection of twenty eight articles on interpreting Greco-Roman culture presents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to examining Greek mythology within the broader context of the intellectual and cultural development of the ancient world and provides an in depth discussion of the influence of traditional stories on the development of a shared historical culture." (Book News, 1 August 2011)