CLA204H5 Lecture 1
Introduction to Classical Mythology
Profs favorite pet name: Milman Parry
What is a myth?
• Tales of Gods and divine beings.
• Story or plot or authoritative speech act (In Greek)
• Important meaning to the Greeks.
Three basic types of Myth
1. Divine Myth
Humans and Gods interact.
Supernatural figures, and explains some aspect of the cosmos.
Setting is irrelevant.
What science can`t explain, myth can.