The Story of Myth

The Story of Myth❰Reading❯ ➿ The Story of Myth Author Sarah Iles Johnston – Tbjewellers.co.uk Greek myths have long been admired as beautiful, thrilling stories but dismissed as serious objects of belief For centuries scholars have held that Greek epics, tragedies, and the other compelling wor Greek myths have long been admired as beautiful, thrilling stories but dismissed as serious objects of belief For centuries scholars have held that Greek epics, tragedies, and the other compelling works handed down to us obscure the real myths that supposedly inspired them Instead of joining in this pursuit of hidden meanings, Sarah Iles Johnston argues that the very nature of myths as stories as gripping tales starring vivid characters enabled them to do their most The Story PDF \ important work to create and sustain belief in the gods and heroes who formed the basis of Greek religionBy drawing on work in narratology, sociology, and folklore studies, and by comparing Greek myths not only to the myths of other cultures but also to fairy tales, ghost stories, fantasy works, modern novels, and television series, The Story of Myth reveals the subtle yet powerful ways in which these ancient Greek tales forged enduring bonds between their characters and their audiences, created coherent story worlds, and made it possible to believe in extraordinary gods Johnston captures what makes Greek myths distinctively Greek, but simultaneously brings these myths into a broader conversation about how the stories told by all cultures affect our shared view of the cosmos and the creatures who inhabit it.

Sarah Iles Johnston is the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Story of Myth
  • Sarah Iles Johnston
  • English
  • 24 October 2018
  • 0674185072

10 thoughts on “The Story of Myth

  1. says:

    I took a course on interpreting myth from one of the reviewers of this book no less and he recommended this book when I asked what the dominant theory of interpreting myth was today This was an excellent read Johnston does an outstanding job of weaving together a tapestry of theories that have come before and the weaknesses that those approaches presented She then skillfully presents a new theory Theory is in quotes because I feel like one of Johnston s great breakthroughs is moving away I took a course on interpreting myth from one of the reviewers of this book no less and he recommended this book when I asked what the dominant theory of interpreting myth was today This was an excellent read Johnston does an outstanding job of weaving together a tapestry of theories that have come before and the weaknesses that those approaches presented She then skillfully presents a new theory Theory is in quotes because I feel like one of Johnston s great breakthroughs is moving away from the idea that there has to be one interpretive key to all myths Rather, she presents an interpretive toolbox, and I can pull out certain tools based on specific myths She pulls extensively from modern ideas in order to make her toolbox The result is a cutting edge, interdisciplinary approach I think her focus on the narrative is also important, and was arguably her greatest pushback against previous theories, which often completely ignored the narrative structure of myth There were some areas where I would have likedexpansion on some ideas, but I recognize that this is her first foray into establishing a new theory She does an admirable job, and I look forward to seeing where other scholars are able to take this theory and how it contributes to our overall understanding of myth as a discourse

  2. says:

    This was one of the most important books on myth that I have ever read I admit to being biased Sarah was my teacher in graduate school , but the way that Sarah deftly wove together various methodological approaches in order to argue for a return to considering the myth side of the old question of myths and rituals was exceptional This book has given me a lot to think about, and deserves to be revisited It also deserves to be read even if one s interest is not specifically in Greek mythology This was one of the most important books on myth that I have ever read I admit to being biased Sarah was my teacher in graduate school , but the way that Sarah deftly wove together various methodological approaches in order to argue for a return to considering the myth side of the old question of myths and rituals was exceptional This book has given me a lot to think about, and deserves to be revisited It also deserves to be read even if one s interest is not specifically in Greek mythology or mythography Highly recommended

  3. says:

    I m writing a review for professional publication, so I am not going to put one here.

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