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Paperback | $27.95 Trade | £22.95 | 512 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 2006 | ISBN: 9781890951603
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Myth and Thought among the Greeks

Translated by Janet Lloyd and Jeff Fort


When Jean-Pierre Vernant first published Myth and Thought among the Greeks in 1965, it transformed the field of ancient Greek scholarship, calling forth a new way to think about Greek myth and thought. In eighteen essays--three of which, along with a new preface, are translated into English for the first time--Vernant freed the subject of ancient Greece from its philological chains and reread the questions of "muthos" and "logos" within multifaced and transdisciplinary contexts--of religion, ritual, and art, philosophy, science, social and economic institutions, and historical psychology. A major contribution to both the humanities and the social sciences, Myth and Thought among the Greeks aims to come to terms with a single, essential question: How were individual persons in ancient Greece inseparable from a social and cultural environment of which they were simultaneously the creators and products? Seven themes organize this stellar work--from "Myth Structures" and "Mythic Aspects of Memory and Time" to "The Organization of Space," "Work and Technological Thought," and "Personal Identity and Religion." A master storyteller, an innovative, precise, and original thinker, Vernant continues to change the narratives we tell about the histories of civilizations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.

About the Author

The late Jean-Pierre Vernant was Professor of Comparative Study of Religions at the Collège de France in Paris.


“This brillant essay of historical psychology reveals and rediscovers the profound influence and meaning of Hellenism.”—L'Express


“A classic since it first appeared in 1965, this book has lost nothing of its originality and brio. A collection of essays whose themes are seemingly disparate... Myth and Thought among the Greeks owes its unity to Vernant's innovative methodology.... This book remains today a passionate and profound inquiry of the Greeks, both distant from and near to us in the evolution of their structures and mental activities.”