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Early Greek Mythography: Volume 2: Commentary [Hardcover]

Robert L. Fowler
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24 Oct 2013
, a critical edition of the twenty-nine authors of this genre from the late 6th to early 4th centuries BC. Volume 2 provides a mythological commentary of the original works, as well as a philological commentary on separate authors.

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198147414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198147411
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Greek mythology is known to us from various artistic and literary sources. Of the latter, the poetic sources (such as Homer and tragedy) are familiar to many readers, but the prose sources are much less so. Early Greek Mythography: Volume 2 is a detailed commentary on the texts of Early Greek Mythography: Volume 1, which provided a critical edition of the twenty-nine authors of this genre of Greek prose from the late sixth to the early fourth centuries BC.

After a general introduction, this volume offers in its first part a mythological commentary on the texts, arranged according to the major topics of Greek mythology (the Trojan Cycle, Herakles, the Argonauts, etc.). The aim is to recover, so far as possible, what each writer said about the stories, with full consideration of their historical context and significance for Greek literature, mythology, and religion. The synoptic, topic-by-topic approach allows all the fragments pertinent to any given myth to be treated together, so that one can more easily identify variants and trends, and plot the history of the myth. The second part of the volume is a philological commentary on the separate authors, discussing their life, works, and contribution to the genre, as well as textual problems and non-mythological questions raised by individual fragments.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 22 April 2014
By Théo
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I'm currently working on one of these fragmentary authors and i'm glad to see that the commentary lives up to the expectations can expect from this kind of work.
The idea to organise the commentary by mythological cycles and not on an author/fragment basis is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive commentary on Greek mythography 20 Mar 2014
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Very complete and comprehensive commentary on Greek mythography. Shows the interplay between myth and history in early Greek literature and religion. A treasure to have.
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