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ENGB30H3 September 10, 2012 What is a myth? The Greek term “mythos” = Authoritative speech (Homer) (Untrue) story – as opposed to “logos,” (reasoned) account (Pindar; Plato; Aristotle) Plot (Aristotle) Myths are made up of plots (plots are extremely important to myths) OED: A traditional story, typically involving supernatural beings or forces with embodies and provides an explanation, aetiology, or justification for something such as the early history of society, a religious belief or ritual, or a natural phenomenon Merriam Webster: A usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a popular or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon Barry B. Powell, Classical Myth: “Myth is a traditional story with collective importance” (2), because “ *it+ explain*s+ a society to itself, promulgating its concerns and values” (3) ^ Traditional story, back in time ^ Implications of Myth as Tradition Impossibility of identifying the “original” and/or its author - Myths belong to the people (Our Story) “Layering” effect: exi
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