TTC - Classical Mythology

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Written by Elizabeth Vandiver\r\nFormat: MP3\r\nBitrate: 32 Kbps\r\n\r\nProfessor Elizabeth Vandiver anchors her presentation in some basics. What is a myth? Which societies use myths? What are some of the problems inherent in studying classical mythology? She also discusses the most influential 19th- and 20th-century thinking about myth's nature and function, including the psychological theories of Freud and Jung and the metaphysical approach of Joseph Campbell.\r\n\r\nYou consider the relationship between mythology and culture. What are the implications of the myth of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades—as recounted in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter—for the Greek view of life and death, marriage and gender roles?\r\n\r\nWhat are the origins of classical mythology? Professor Vandiver examines similarities between the Theogony and Mesopotamian creation myths and considers the possible influences that the prehistoric Greek cultures, the Minoans and Mycenaeans, may have had on classical mythology.\r\n\r\nShe also cautions you about the dangers of probing for distant origins. For example, there is little evidence, as many today believe, that a prehistoric \"mother goddess\" lies at the heart of mythology. This notion may simply be wishful thinking—a modern myth about ancient myth.\r\n\r\nIn addition, Professor Vandiver explores the challenges we face in studying mythology—which is rooted in oral tradition and pre-literate society—through the literary works that recount them. How do we disentangle the original myth from its portrayal in Aeschylus's The Oresteia, or Sophocles's Oedipus the King? The more renowned the author, the more difficult this task becomes.\r\n\r\n24 Lectures\r\n30 minutes / lecture\r\n\r\n1 Introduction\r\n2 What Is Myth?\r\n3 Why Is Myth?\r\n4 “First Was Chaos”\r\n5 The Reign of the Olympians\r\n6 Immortals and Mortals\r\n7 Demeter, Persephone, and the Conquest of Death\r\n8 The Eleusinian Mysteries and the Afterlife\r\n9 Apollo and Artemis\r\n10 Hermes and Dionysos\r\n11 Laughter-Loving Aphrodite\r\n12 Culture, Prehistory, and the \"Great Goddess\"\r\n13 Humans, Heroes, and Half-Gods\r\n14 Theseus and the \"Test-and-Quest\" Myth\r\n15 From Myth to History and Back Again\r\n16 The Greatest Hero of All\r\n17 The Trojan War\r\n18 The Terrible House of Atreus\r\n19 Blood Vengeance, Justice, and the Furies\r\n20 The Tragedies of King Oedipus\r\n21 Monstrous Females and Female Monsters\r\n22 Roman Founders, Roman Fables\r\n23 “Gods Are Useful”\r\n24 From Ovid to the Stars
01. Introduction.mp3 7.821 MB
02. What is Myth.mp3 7.447 MB
03. Why is Myth.mp3 7.322 MB
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