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p. 192. Contexts, then and nowlocked

  • Helen Morales


Greek mythology was an essential part of an elite Roman's education. There is no single work that told all the myths. Mythographers wrote handbooks of myths to retell the stories. This attitude to Greek mythology in the Roman empire gave superiority to the myths. ‘Contexts, then and now’ considers how Greek myths were viewed during Roman times. Tellers of ancient myths were creative with their retelling, and they are still are today. Each new retelling positions itself in relation to previous articulations. This applies to art as well. Each work of art or theatre is influenced by its predecessors, and in turn it impacts and changes them. Classical myth is a process.

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