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La naturaleza de los mitos griegos

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Las teorÃas sobre los mitos son abundantes. Se han abordado como ecos de sucesos meteorológicos y cosmológicos, como propuestas de explicación de algunos de los sucesos más extraños sucedidos en el mundo, como una especie de ciencia primitiva, como historias inventadas para legitimar costumbres o instituciones ya existentes ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 28th 2002 by Paidos Iberica Ediciones S a (first published 1974)
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Bruce
Jan 30, 2009 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his book, The Nature of Greek Myths, G.S. Kirk argues against a unitary theory of myth, arguing that the etiology of myths is too diverse to allow such singularity of cause. Greek myths have characteristics of their own that distinguish them from the myths of other cultures and civilizations, even if some of the Greek material borrows from these others, yet within the grouping of Greek myths, too many exceptions occur to validate any one perspective on etiology or purpose; Kirk spends the bul ...more
Narr
Sep 07, 2010 Narr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're expecting Joseph Campbell, you'll be disappointed. However, if you're interested in the backstory of Greek myths, then you'll enjoy this.

His discussion of myth v. mythology and myth v. folktales is enjoyable, as are his discussions about the original use of myths and the development of the hero myths. His writing style leans pretty heavily toward the academic at times, but then he can be amazing pithy and clear.

There are a couple of shortfalls to the book. Kirk's footnotes are not conv
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Sarah Bynum
May 03, 2016 Sarah Bynum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kirk's analysis of Greek myths is presented with clarity of thought and language and a command of vast knowledge combined with sharp brevity. If I could time travel, I would present this book to my younger self: “You could waste your life digesting all these massive tomes on theory or you could read this ONE book that nails it in 258 pages.”
Clifton Toliver
This still ranks as one of the top books you will read on the nature of Greek Mythology. Kirk does a great job with his topic, especially the manner in which he separates myth from mythology and myth from folktale in an interesting way which I will not reveal. Let's just say for the moment it is a very intriguing and thought provoking arguement. This is one book that I think everyone who has an interest in mythology shoud read.
Erin
Jun 19, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Summer Classics 2012
I had a terrible time following this book. And unfortunately, the Classics instructor didn't add much to help me out. Some of the monolithic theories discussed could be helpful in studying myth, but I'd have to find some more information or additional sources.
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