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I. Theory of myth

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A. Definition

Despite many attempts, it has proven impossible to arrive at a definition of myth (Gr. μῦθος/mýthos; Lat. mythos) that would satisfy all disciplines. The most satisfactory one refers to G.S. Kirk and W. Burkert who described myth as a ‘traditional narrative of collective significance’ [1; 2]. Still, this definition fails to fully represent the function of m…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Zgoll, Annette (Leipzig), Quack, Joachim (Berlin), Hazenbos, Joost (Leipzig) and Niehr, Herbert (Tübingen), “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 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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