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I. Concept (CT)

A. Concept and Process (CT)

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1. Myth and Mythology (CT)

Different from ‘myth’, the term 'mythology' - an 'account' (logos) of the deeds of gods and heroes - can either refer to the total store of traditional narratives ('myths') of an ethnic group; or, alternatively, it can refer to the 'reasoned knowledge' (logos) of these mythical narratives and take the form of a scientific, critical examination and presentation, i.e. a 'theory o…

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Erdbeer, Robert Matthias and Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Myth”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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