A spouse to Greek Mythology provides a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek delusion from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
• beneficial properties essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
• comprises assurance of Greek myth's intersection with background, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to themes in mythology which are frequently inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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Decal. 29, 156. s* Sacr. 5. 28. Spec. I, 9, 51. Spec. IV, 34, 178; cf. Virt. 20, 102; 33, 178. 6 0 6 1 63 * Deter. 33, 125. " Unlike myths, too, which, being man-made, are not only false as literal facts but also contain no underlying meaning, the words of Scripture, being divinely revealed, are true literally when they are meant to be taken as literal truths, but even when they are not meant to be taken as literal truths they still contain an underlying meaning which teaches a true doctrine, to be elicited by the allegorical method.
6 0 6 1 63 * Deter. 33, 125. " Unlike myths, too, which, being man-made, are not only false as literal facts but also contain no underlying meaning, the words of Scripture, being divinely revealed, are true literally when they are meant to be taken as literal truths, but even when they are not meant to be taken as literal truths they still contain an underlying meaning which teaches a true doctrine, to be elicited by the allegorical method. " Hence the story of the giants is unlike "the myths of the poets about giants," not because it is literally true, but because it contains an underlying meaning.
Above, p. 14. 1 1 Cf. W. S. Ferguson, in Cambridge Ancient History, VII, p. 17. Mos. II, 38, 205. «° Ibid. ; Decal. 14, 66; Spec. I, 4, 21. " Decal. 14, 66; cf. Mos. II, 38, 205; Spec. I, 4, 2 1 ; Cont. 1, 7. The expression "fashioned by the skill of painters and sculptors" in Mos. II, 38,205, as well as the expression "fashioned by the craftsmanship of sculpture and painting" in Decal. 14,66, does not mean that Philo believed that the painting of images was prohibited by the Mosaic law. In both these passages, it will be noticed, the images fashioned by painting and sculpture are said to be (1) &>ava which definitely means a wooden statue, and (2) drdX/xara, which, judging from the expression by&Knara «ai £6ava nal tuypatfinoLTa in Abr.
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