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Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths

Lefkowitz, Mary R.

Editore: Yale University Press, 2003
ISBN 10: 0300101457 / ISBN 13: 9780300101454
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Titolo: Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn ...

Casa editrice: Yale University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2003

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Riassunto: In "Greek Gods, Human Lives", classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. The Greek myths - as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others - offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood. We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well.

Sinossi: `The myths, as the ancient authors related them, do not offer hope so much as a means of understanding.' Greek and Roman narratives are full of discussion and descriptions of the actions of the gods and their influence over human lives and, in this study, Mary Lefkowitz explores the role of gods and divine action in some of these texts. Essentially, she aims to show what writers were trying to tell their audience about the gods, writing principally for people who did not question their existence or motives, in works such as the Iliad , Odyssey , Aeneid , Hellenistic poetry and Greek drama.

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