ENGB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Traditional Story

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CLASSICAL MYTH AND LIT
INTRO LECTURE
What is a Myth?
- The Greek ter thos
- Authoritative speech (Homer)
- (Untrue) story as opposed to logos, reasoed aout Pidar; Plato; Aristotle
- Plot (Aristotle)
Modern Definitions
- Traditional story, used to explain phenomenon
- “hos the ies of a people, the soiet’s alues
- Explains a religious belief
- A myth is not made by 1 person alone, it holds a collective meaning
Implications of Myth as Tradition
- Ipossile to idetif the origial ad/or the author because it is an oral tradition, passed down
through generations
- laerig effet: eistee of alterate ersios that parallel, opleet or otradit oe
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