Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

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University of California Press, 1982 - History - 226 pages
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"Tantalizingly rich . . . this is a splendid book." --Greece and Rome   "Burken relegates his learned documentation to the notes and writes in a lively and fluent style. The book is recommended as a major contribution to the interpretation of ancient Greek myth and ritual. The breadth alone of Burkert's learning renders his book indispensable." --Classical Outlook   "Impressive. . . founded on a striking knowledge of the complex evidence (literary, epigraphical, archaeological, comparative) for this extensive subject. Burkert offers a rare combination of exact scholarship with imagination and even humor. A brilliant book, in which . . .the reader can see at every point what is going on in the author's mind--and that is never uninteresting, and rarely unimportant." --Times Literary Supplement   "Burkert's work is of such magnitude and depth that it may even contribute to that most difficult of tasks, defining myth, ritual, and religion. . [He] locates his work in the context of culture and the historv of ideas, and he is not hesitant to draw on sociology and biology. Consequently his work is of significance for philosophers, historians, and even theologians, as well as for classicists and historians of Greek culture. His hypotheses are courageous and his conclusions are bold; both establish standards for methodology as well as results. " --Religious Studies Review
 

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Contents

THE ORGANIZATION OF MYTH
1
Table Of Contents ITS THE CULTURE STUPID
9
ITS THE CULTURE STUPID
11
GAYS MARCH ON THE PENTAGON
17
TAILHOOK WITCHHUNT
25
THE PERSISTENCE OF RITUAL
35
BUT IS IT ART?
43
PC KIDNAPPERS
53
WAR STORIES
147
HAND TO HAND COMBAT
149
Notes to Chapter II
158
GROWING UP ABSURD AT WELLESLEY
165
Notes to Chapter III
168
MY DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE ACADEMIC WILDERNESS
173
Notes to Chapter IV
176
COUNTER COUP
181

TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE SCAPEGOAT
59
PC GOES TO CHURCH
65
PC ATTHE NEW YORK TIMES
75
HERACLES AND THE MASTER OF ANIMALS
78
Cacus Indra and Melampus
85
OZZIE AND HARRIET IN HELL
93
Hunter Hero Savior
94
THE GREAT GODDESS ADONIS AND HIPPOLYTUS
99
THE ACADEMIC ZOO
103
BIG GIRLS DONT CRY
105
MACKINNON LUNACY
115
DIGGING THE GRAVE OF ARCHAEOLOGY
121
IN SEARCH
123
THE DEATH OF CRITICISM
135
Notes to Chapter I
143
Notes to Chapter V
187
FRAT ATTACK
189
STRANGER THAN FACT
195
HIGH COURT BACKS HEARING IMPAIRED
197
ECONOMICS OF PANHANDLING
199
Notes to Chapter VI
203
HOMELESS MAN TO GET LAW DOCTORATE
205
INMATES SETTLE WITH AUTHORITIES AT ROLLING HILLS
209
Bibliography
211
PRESIDENT OF SMACTUP PROTESTS DISCRIMINATION
213
THE CHLOROPHYLL MANIFESTO
217
Selected Index
219
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM
223
LETTERS
241
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About the author (1982)

Walter Burkert was a German scholar of Greek mythology and cult. A professor of classics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, he taught in the UK and the US.

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