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Sarah Iles Johnston argues that the nature of myths as gripping tales starring vivid characters enabled them to do their most important work: sustaining belief in the gods and heroes of Greek religion. She shows how Greek myths-and the stories told by all cultures-affect our shared view of the cosmos and the creatures who inhabit it.
Frontmatter Contents Note on Transliterations and Abbreviations 1. The Story of Myth 2. Ritual's Handmaid 3. Narrating Myths 4. The Greek Mythic Story World 5. Characters 6. Metamorphoses 7. Heroes Epilogue Notes References Acknowledgments Index of Names and Terms Index Locorum
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