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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (23 March 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405194553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405194556
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
  • Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars1 customer rating

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

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"There is no better guide to virtually all one needs to know to begin to appreciate what myth was and meant to the ancient Greeks. Exploring Greek Myth is the first book a student should read after the myths themselves."
Eric Csapo, University of Sydney

"Exploring Greek Myth is an ingenious and learned approach to a topic that is all too often treated superficially and even condescendingly. Matthew Clark shows the depth of thought that myth requires of its interpreters, and his book truly speaks for itself in its eloquence and insight."
Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Exploring Greek Myth offers a unique and extensive discussion of variant forms of myths and many lesser-known stories, including important local myths, known mostly in a particular city, and local versions of the Panhellenic myths; both crucially reflect the rituals, social practices, and mythic landscape of the world in which they were told. The book presents research that has accumulated over the past decades in a way that is accessible for those who are not yet scholars in the field. In doing so, it fills in the gap between introductory texts about Greek myth and scholarly works on the subject.

Clark begins with a provisional definition of myth, and then moves on to consider a range of topics, which include the sources of our knowledge of Greek myth, myth and ritual in ancient Greek society, comparative myth, myth and gender, hero cult, psychological interpretation of myth, and myth and philosophy. By drawing on the work and analytical methods of many leading scholars in the field, the book helps students appreciate the variety of the study of myth in one volume.

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