CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Euhemerus, Microsoft Powerpoint, Monotheism

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What is mythology? (mythos)- word, speech, story: proper definition. A myth is a traditional tale with secondary partial reference to something of collective importance. A story that has been passed down, from generation to generation. Through these tales, a society explains itself, to itself. Definition specifically formed for classical mythology: essence of myth, myths are traditional (eg. Homer got weird details from myths passed down to him (such as boar tusks helmets) Chiefdoms would bring on these travelling singers and the chiefdom would throw a big feast for his local supporters, and the singers would sing songs about the tales: myths are resonant/useful. Alexander the great used the myths of the achilles as useful. Myths ha(cid:448)e to (cid:396)eso(cid:374)ate so(cid:373)eho(cid:449) o(cid:396) they (cid:449)ould(cid:374)"t ha(cid:448)e (cid:271)ee(cid:374) passed do(cid:449)(cid:374: myths are flexible/adaptable. The same myths get passed down but they keep getting changed. You change the details as you need to make the story more relatable.

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