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Myth and mythology
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A. Concept and ancient origins

The Greek mýthos (Latin fabula) covers the entire semantic field of 'word', 'report', 'speech' rendering religious or theological narrations of gods, demons, heroes and events in the (pre)histories of peoples for the purpose of the polytheistic interpretation of the world. Until the 18th cent., the terms 'myth' and 'fable' were synonymous in scholarly and colloquial languages, before the latter became restricted to animal fable. Knowledge of the Greco-Roman myths of gods a…

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Berns, Jörg Jochen (Marburg), “Myth and mythology”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004918>
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