Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Classical Mythology: The Greeks

Classical Mythology: The Greeks (The Modern Scholar)

Peter Meineck is accomplished dramatist, and thus gives a "theater" focus to Greek Mythology. He puts a very modern spin on the Greeks, and starts with a definition of "myths" and various reasons for the creation of the Greek myths. He also explains why the Greeks are different from other cultures.

The approach was very "artsy", with strong attempts to make the mythology relevant to us and to the Greek history. Unfortunately, it seemed to spend a lot of time analyzing artistic relevance, and not enough time discussing the myths themselves and their role in Greek society. (Yes, most of the time was spent discussing just that, but it didn't seem that way.) There are plenty of other better discussions of Greek Mythology out there.

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