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Myth and society in ancient Greece

Author: Jean Pierre Vernant
Publisher: Sussex : Harvester Press ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1980.
Series: European philosophy and the human sciences, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a stimulating and largely persuasive collection of essays on the interrelations between social institutions and mythical thinking in ancient Greek society. What is fundamental to the author's approach is a determination to see the meaning of Greek myth and of Greek social institutions in patterns of association and opposition, in the articulations of a system of ideas. It is in this sense that the term  Read more...
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Vernant, Jean Pierre.
Myth and society in ancient Greece.
Sussex : Harvester Press ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1980
(OCoLC)680251059
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Pierre Vernant
ISBN: 0855279834 9780855279837 039100915X 9780391009158
OCLC Number: 6360960
Notes: Translation of: Mythe et société en Grèce ancienne.
Description: x, 242 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The class struggle --
City-state warfare --
Marriage --
Social history and the evolution of ideas in China and Greece from the sixth to the second centuries B.C. --
The society of the Gods --
The pure and impure --
Between the beasts and the Gods --
The myth of Prometheus in Hesiod --
The reason of myth.
Series Title: European philosophy and the human sciences, 5.
Other Titles: Mythe et société en Grèce ancienne.
Responsibility: Jean-Pierre Vernant ; translated from the French by Janet Lloyd.

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This book is a stimulating and largely persuasive collection of essays on the interrelations between social institutions and mythical thinking in ancient Greek society. What is fundamental to the author's approach is a determination to see the meaning of Greek myth and of Greek social institutions in patterns of association and opposition, in the articulations of a system of ideas. It is in this sense that the term "structuralist" is accurately used of him, not in the sense of one who mechanically applies Lévi-Straussian procedures and categories to the Greek evidence. [Back cover].

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