Introduction To Classical Mythology Edith Hamilton



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Questions:

  1. According to Hamilton, what is Greek and Roman mythology “quite generally” supposed to show us?




  1. Within this view, what is the real interest of the myths?




  1. In earlier times, “the imagination was vividly alive and not checked by reason.” But the imagination of primitive beings differed from the imagination of the Greeks. Explain this difference between primitive and classical mythology.




  1. How does Hamilton describe the Iliad? (what does it contain and what is its place in history?)




  1. Hamilton asserts that “the tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like.” What do they throw an abundance of light upon and why is that important to us?




  1. What is the “new point of view” that begins with the earliest Greek poets?




  1. Specifically, how did the gods of Greece differ from the gods of Egypt or Mesopotamia?




  1. Who are the only “magical humans” (witches) in Greek mythology?




  1. What are some of the “dark spots” to which the author refers?




  1. How does Edith Hamilton define or explain mythology? Relate or compare this view with Campbell’s view.




  1. How does the author explain the different views of Zeus?




  1. How does Hamilton support the claim that “Justice became Zeus’s companion?”



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