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Classical Myth

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is classical mythology.


Six Superlative Sources

· Burkert, Walter, Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual (University of California Press, 1979). An influential modern contribution to theoretical approaches to Greek mythology. Contains a lucid explication and criticism of the school of Lévi-Strauss.

· Graf, Fritz, Greek Mythology, An Introduction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993). Readable and learned overview.

· Edmunds, Lowell, ed., Approaches to Greek Myth (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990). Essays on modern schools of myth interpretation, including myth and ritual, myth and history, Greek and Near Eastern mythology, Indo-European mythology, folklore, structuralism, psychoanalytic interpretation, and myth and Greek art.

· Carpenter, Thomas H., Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (Thames and Hudson, 1991). The representation of Greek myths in Greek art, arranged by subject, with many illustrations.

· Kirk, G.S., Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures (University of California Press, 1970). Good general study that attempts to apply Straussian methods of interpretation to Mesopotamian myth.

· Powell, Barry B., Classical Myth, 3rd ed. (Prentice Hall, 2000). Best survey of topic, with modern interpretive essays.

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