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Antike Mythen: Medien, Transformationen und Konstruktionen by Christine Walde, Ueli Dill

By Christine Walde, Ueli Dill

Contributions via revered ecu and American students from the sector of classical and non secular experiences are amassed during this quantity. it's a consultant number of modern examine on myths, the kinds they could take, and their transformation in a variety of environments and a while.

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Sacrifice to Pandrosus: IG II² 1039, line 58 (1st century BCE). Scholars agree that Aglauros and Pandrosus originally were (and to some degree remained) independent divinities, joined in myth to serve as paradigmatic king’s daughters (a type that typically appears in triads; Herse, for whom we have no traces of cult apart from her sisters, may have been invented to fill out the threesome). The fact that Aglauros is the wife of Ares by at least the 5th century suggests that she was associated with male military roles even earlier: Hellanicus FGrH 323a F 1.

Balbus sees the myth as a code for the deep structure of the cosmos. That Ouranos is castrated is an indication that the highest principle, the fiery divine aether, produces all things on its own and without need for union with anything else. Kronos is associated with chronos (time) and his swallowing of his children is an allegory for the idea that time devours all ages. When Zeus binds Kronos, the myth indicates that time cannot be unlimited, but must unfold according to delimited cycles. Though he nowhere lays out an explicit theory for where these truths come from, he gives some hints.

It is very much a piece of Heyne’s effort to persuade his contemporaries that these ancient stories were not simply indecorous fanciful tales told by primitive 1 Graf (1996) 9–12. 26 Peter T. Struck people. There was something to them. Heyne’s rhetorical levering helped open up an entirely new realm to a set of scholars from Herder, to Max Müller, to Harrison, to Jung, to Lévi-Strauss, and beyond, for whom myth was resolutely not frivolous or absurd, and was in fact a kind of well-spring of deep truth about what it means to be human.

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