CLA204H5 Lecture 1: CLA204 - Lecture 1

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Greece and rome are the basis of classical mythology. Focusing on the 5th century 450 bce to 400 ace for greece. Focusing on 30 bce - 30 ace. Rome"s western part continues to 476 and 1453 for its eastern part. De nition of mythology: the study of myths. Another de nition on blackboard (according to doty) Most scholars agree that myth"s origins are: oral in nature. The moment an oral culture translates itself into written culture, myth becomes frozen scripturally. Scripture implies that there is a right version, whereas there are cases of competitive mythologies (several different versions of the same story) Myths used to be sung and audience wouldn"t know how the speaker was going to sing it. 3 broad types of oral tradition: myth, legend, folktale. Myth: traditionally refers to stories that concern the gods and their rituals and it is closely concerned with actual religious rituals (answers the question: why do we practice certain religious rights?)

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