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p. 564. Metamorphoses of mythologylocked

  • Helen Morales


The word ‘myth’ derives from the Greek word muthos which means something akin to ‘story’, in contrast to logo which means ‘truthful account’. ‘Metamorphoses of mythology’ explains how these terms have been understood and looks at how their relationship to each other can tell us a lot about how mythology came into being and how it has changed. How have philosophy and Christianity impacted on mythology? How has our thinking about mythology changed? Scholarship tells us that Plato and the sophists led the movement towards rational thought and away from mythology and irrationality. The theory that myth was primitive, and that history evolved from myth to logic, resulted in the decline in allegorical interpretations of myth.

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