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Myth and thought among the Greeks

Author: Jean Pierre Vernant
Publisher: New York : Zone Books ; Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed by MIT Press, 2006.
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When Jean-Pierre Vernant first published Myth and Thought among the Greeks in 1965, it transformed the field of ancient Greek scholarship, calling forth a new way to think about Greek myth and thought. In eighteen essays--three of which, along with a new preface, are translated into English for the first time--Vernant freed the subject of ancient Greece from its philological chains and reread the questions of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Pierre Vernant
ISBN: 1890951609 9781890951603
OCLC Number: 57506839
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: 505 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Myth Structures --
I. Hesiod's Myth of the Races: An Essay in Structural Analysis --
II. Hesiod's Myth of the Races: A Reassessment --
III. Structural Method and the Myth of the Races --
Part 2. Mythical Aspects of Memory and Time --
IV. Mythic Aspects of Memory --
V. The River Ameles and the Melete Thanatou --
Part 3. The Organization of Space --
VI. Hestia-Hermes: The Religious Expression of Space and Movement in Ancient Greece --
VII. Geometry and Spherical Astronomy in Early Greek Cosmology --
VIII. Geometric Structure and Political Ideas in the Cosmology of Anaximander --
IX. Space and Political Organization in Ancient Greece --
Part 4. Work and Technological Thought --
X. Prometheus and the Technological Function --
XI. Work and Nature in Ancient Greece --
XII. Some Psychological Aspects of Work in Ancient Greece --
XIII. Some Remarks on the Forms and Limitations of Technological Thought among the Greeks --
Part 5. The Psychological Category of the Double --
XIV. The Figuration of the Invisible and the Psychological Category of the Double: The Kolossos --
XV. From the "Presentification" of the Invisible to the Imitation of Appearance --
Part 6. Personal Identity and Religion --
XVI. Some Aspects of Personal Identity in Greek Religion --
Part 7. From Myth to Reason --
XVII. The Formation of Positivist Thought in Archaic Greece --
XVIII. The Origins of Philosophy.
Other Titles: Mythe et pensée chez les Grecs.
Responsibility: Jean-Pierre Vernant.

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A classic work that rereads questions of "muthos" and "logos" in multifaceted contexts.  Read more...

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This brillant essay of historical psychology reveals and rediscovers the profound influence and meaning of Hellenism.-L'Express

 
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