Myth and the Polis (Myth & Poetics)


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Publisher  Cornell Univ Pr
Publication Date   May 1, 1991
ISBN  0801497345
Pages  248

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This fresh and thought-provoking book deepens our understanding of the dynamic relationship between the creation of myth and the development of the ancient Greek polis, or city-state, during crucial periods in archaic and classical Greece. Examining the diverse texts which crystallized Greek oral tradition, nine chapters by a multidisciplinary group of scholars focus both on the role of the community as the shaper and transmitter of myth and on the function of myth and ritual in the development of political authority in Greek society.

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