CLA204H1 Lecture : CLA204 lecture 1.docx

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Classical-history, culture, the world, of ancient greece and rome. Myth-> not historical; things happening beyond this world. Period of the bronze age to late antiquity. Interested in the continued thriving of the ancient greek and roman culture; reception" of the stories in different forms, different places. Mythology: widely accepted, but really false, comes from greek work muthos"-> means things like speech, story, rumour, narrative, fable, tale, etc. a story that"s told/sung/thought in any number of ways. Logos"- persuasive spoken account; concerned with financial stuff, sort of; with thesis, speeches, reasons, arguments, discussions, etc. Myth-> concerned with the gods in a timeless way, not to do with human history. Nothing to do with truth or fiction; not concerned with that; more emphasis on the story. Saga, legend-> stories that have a relationship to human history, however true or false they are. Folktale, fairy tale-> involves fantastic beings, magic, etc. (humans with special powers)

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