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Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Greta Hawes


Instances of rationalistic interpretation in ancient Greek authors constitute a rare and valuable example of an indigenous mode of ancient myth criticism. They display some of the ways in which the Greeks grappled with, manipulated and categorized their own narrative traditions. This book describes and discusses the rationalistic attitudes and approaches of six texts: three treatises transmitted under the title Peri Apiston (by Palaephatus, Heraclitus, and a third, anonymous writer), Conon’s Diegeseis, Plutarch’s Theseus-Romulus, and Pausanias’ Periegesis. Taken as a whole, this material offer ... More

Keywords: Greek myth, rationalization, allegory, mythography, history, storytelling, Palaephatus, Heraclitus, Conon, Plutarch, Pausanias

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greta Hawes, author
Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, Australian National University