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Descriptions of figures found in classical mythology.

There are actually many different types of myth, not just three. In fact, there are several entire theories of myth. The theoretical study of myth is very complex; many books have been written about theories of myth, and we could have an entire class just on theories of myth (without studying any of the myths themselves). The problem with theories of myth, however, is that they are not very good; they don’t do a great job of explaining the myths or in helping us understand them. Furthermore, the myths themselves are much more interesting than the theories. For this reason, this textbook will not say very much about the theories of myth. But we don’t want to ignore the theoretical study of myth entirely, so we will limit ourselves to discussing only three types of myth.


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classical mythology, Aegis, Agamemnon, Iphigenia, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, The Argonauts, Artemis, Athena, Caduceus, Centaurs, Chthonian Deities, The Delphic Oracle, Demeter, Dionysus/Bacchys, Hades, Hephaestus, Hera, Heracles, Hermes, Hestia, Historical Myths, The Iliad, Jason, Miasma, Minotaur, Odyssey, Oresteia, Orpheus, Persephone, Perseus, Poseidon, Prometheus, Sphinx, Theseus, Heracles, Greek, Xenia, Zeus


Mythology Unbound by Susan Shapiro is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Funded by the 2017 Utah State University College of Humanities and Social Science Alternative Textbook Grant

Mythology Unbound: An Online Textbook for Classical Mythology