Professor 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. You'll also consider the relationship between mythology and culture (such as the implications of the myth of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades for the Greek view of life, death, and marriage), the origins of classical mythology (including the similarities between the Theogony and Mesopotamian creation myths), and the dangers of probing for distant origins (for example, there's little evidence that a prehistoric "mother goddess" lies at the heart of mythology).
Taking you from the surprising "truths" about the Minotaur to Ovid's impact on the works of William Shakespeare, these lectures make classical mythology fresh, absorbing, and often surprising.
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Von Christian Esch Am hilfreichsten 19.07.2017
A lot of myth and a good amount of -ology
I consider myself quite well read in classical mythology, and I read through Ranke-Graves as well as most of the short version of The Golden Bough. So I was unsure if I could benefit from these lectures, but I did. Not only is Prof. Vandiver an entertaining, witty lecturer in the best British tradition, her insights in this subject matter and the connections she draws into Classical culture have taught me quite a lot.