A better half to Greek Mythology offers a chain of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fable from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
• good points essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
• comprises insurance of Greek myth's intersection with historical past, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are usually inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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The Egyptians based all of this-building the pyramids and these great tombs-on this basic mistake, that eternal ife is the life of annamaya-ko1a, the food sheath. It has nothing to do with any such thing. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Time is what shuts you out from etern ity. Etern ity is now. It is the tra nscendent dimension of the now to which myth refers. f All of these things enable you to understand what myth really is about. When people sdy, "Well, you know, this couldn't have happened, and that couldn't have happened, and so let's get rid of the myths," XXiii what they are doing is getting rid of the vocabulary of discourse between manomaya-koia and vijridnamaya-ko*a, between mental wisdom and organic, lifebody wisdom.
I just have a little message for the Pop€, dnd I haven't been able to get it to him, but when Dante, in The Divine Comedy, gets to the heavenly auditorium of the heavenly rose, Beatrice points the congregation out to him. They see this glorious white rose, with the Trinity in the middle. Let's call it the Rose Bowl. And it's got a multitude of peopl€, all the souls that have been created to fill the place of the angels that fell. Beatrice points out to Dante that it's almost full. Now that was in 1300, and think what's happened since.
The first, primitive orders of mythology are affirmative: they embrace life on its own terms. I don't think any anthropologist could document a primitive mythology that was world-negating. When you realize what primitive people run up against-the pains and the agonies and the problems simply of existing-I think it's quite amazing. I've studied a lot of the myths of these cultures around the world, and I can't recall a single negative word in primitive thought with respect to existence or to the universe.