Biblical and Classical Myths: The Mythological Framework of Western Culture

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University of Toronto Press, 1.1.2004 - 471 sivua

In the 1970s and 80s, Northrop Frye and Jay Macpherson co-taught a very influential course at the University of Toronto's Victoria College on the history of Western mythology - Frye focusing on the biblical myths; Macpherson on the classical. Biblical and Classical Myths recreates the thought behind that course, with Frye's lectures - unpublished until very recently - supplemented by Macpherson's popular 1962 textbook on classical mythology, Four Ages: The Classical Myths.

Frye's lectures on the Bible make up the first half of the book. He expounds on an array of topics, including translations of the bible, sexual imagery, pastoral and agricultural imagery, and law and revolution in the bible. Four Ages makes up the second half. Macpherson narrates the major classical myths from stories of creation to the myths' survival in later European traditions.

By complementing the biblical tradition with the classical, this volume imparts a comprehensive understanding of western mythology. With a preface by Alvin Lee, general editor of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, Biblical and Classical Myths is an essential volume and represents a unique achievement in scholarship.

 

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Foreword
3
Trees and Water
31
The Bride and the Bridegroom
50
King Priest and Prophet
109
Law and Revolution
162
Playing before God
172
Style and Rhythm in the Bible
212
Note on the Illustrations
255
Spring and Winter
296
The Heroes
317
The Royal House of Thebes
348
The Tale of Troy
355
The Fall of the City
363
The Return of Agamemnon
369
Sources of Quotations
412
296
415

Notes
261
The Bible and Further Readings
267
Foreword
273
In The Beginning
279

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Jay Macpherson is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Northrop Frye was a Professor in the Department of English at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

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