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I]A spouse to Greek Mythology[/i] offers a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek delusion from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.

• good points essays from a prestigious overseas group of literary experts
• contains assurance of Greek myth's intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to issues in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece

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24. On the ‘Greekness’, or at any rate non-Otherness, of the Trojans in Homer and in the Archaic period in general (by contrast with their later ‘orientalization’) see J. M. Hall (2007b: 346–50). 25. ), and on ‘Aeolism’, the theory of Latin as a dialect of Greek, Stevens (2006–7). 26. Though, Fox reminds us, Plutarch is also well aware of the oddness and Otherness to the Greek mind of many Roman traditions, as his work Roman Questions demonstrates (see pp. 000). 27. 164. 28. Art: Reid (1993); Hunger (1959).

This particular difficulty extends to our own reading of Greek myth. Can we really say that there is nothing preserved of the lost Greek history in Greek mythology? Some have come close to this extreme position (Dowden 1992: ch. 4). Yet even they will acknowledge that some genuine movements of Greek peoples are reflected in the mythology: the colonization of Rhodes by peoples of the Argolid may be reflected in the mythology (Dowden 1989: 150) and Troy may reflect the takeover of the Asia Minor seaboard by the colonizing Greeks (Dowden 1992: 68).

Myth is Protean, but the myth of Proteus might direct our thought to many other things instead. So myth provides virtual worlds which are, in a variety of ways, good to think with. A particular case of this is what we may call, if we are forgiven for invoking a contemporary cliché, virtual learning environments. The fashionable teachers known as sophists of the fifth century BC and onwards use myth to add appeal and authority to their classes in ethics, politics, and persuasive speech: Prodikos instructs the young with a tale of Herakles choosing between personified Vice and Virtue, while Hippias has a Spartan audience spellbound with advice supposedly given by Nestor to the young Neoptolemos.

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