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Ariadne's thread : a guide to international tales found in classical literature

Author: William F Hansen
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2002.
Series: Myth and poetics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Cinderella to The boy who cried wolf to The dragon slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an astonishing longevity; many such tales are found in classical antiquity. Ariadne's thread is a mini-encyclopedia of more than a hundred such international oral tales, all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Classification
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William F Hansen
ISBN: 0801436702 9780801436703 9780801475726 0801475724
OCLC Number: 46856220
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2002 AAP Professional/Scholarly Publ.
Description: xv, 548 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Gregory Nagy --
The Comparative Study of the Folktale --
The Study of Greek and Roman Folk Narratives --
Oral Narratives and Oral Narration in Classical Antiquity --
The Present Work --
The Tales --
Apprentice and Ghost Eukrates and the Automaton --
Asking the Large Fish Philoxenos the Poet --
Attentive Donkey --
Axe Falls into the Stream Hermes and the Woodcutter --
Battles of the Pygmies and the Cranes --
Best Friend, Worst Enemy Aesop and the Dog --
Boastful Deer Slayer Agamemnon --
Bride Won in a Tournament Pelops and Hippodameia --
Brother Chosen Rather Than Husband Intaphrenes' Wife --
Carrying Part of the Load Dionysos and Xanthias --
Carrying Water in a Sieve Danaides --
Catch-Tale Demades the Orator --
Children Play at Hog Killing Makareus the Priest --
Cinderella Rhodopis the Courtesan --
Cranes of Ibykos --
Dead Child's Friendly Return The Dead Ask the Living to Cease Grieving --
Death's Messengers --
Devil to Count Stars Counting Sand, Stars, Waves --
Disenchanted Husband Cupid and Psyche --
Dog on the Bridge Alexander and the Donkey Driver --
Dragging Old Man Only to Threshold --
Dragon Slayer Perseus --
Fairies Send a Message Death of Pan --
Foolish Fugitives --
Foolish Man Builds Aircastles Gripus --
Fortune in Salt Fortune in Water --
Frog King Roman Proverb --
Frozen Words --
Gifts of the Little People Pandaros and Echedoros --
Girl as Helper Jason and Medeia --
God and the Emperor of Rome Zeus and Tantalos --
Golden Ram Trojan Horse --
Great Animal or Object.
Series Title: Myth and poetics.
Responsibility: William Hansen.

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From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In  Read more...

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"For classicists, the fascination is to discover not two or three but many stories from different genres which are related to international folklore. For other readers, the reward will be to Read more...

 
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