Mythology: From Ancient to Post-Modern

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Unity of interpretive ideology: "enlightened" (rational) cover-up of earlier more, primitive civilizations to legitimize exploitation and profit. [ Horkheimer and Adorno]
Unity of information exchange: topological-topographical unification at some level for the sake of methodological disclosure and open systems. [ Serres]
Discontinuous, inhomogeneous, irregular dynamical textual systems: chaotic intensification of language with bifurcations, humor, and fractal resonance at all levels subject to the regulating interplay of sympathetic and parasympathetic force fields. [ Hertz-Ohmes]

Appendix B
The Odyssey: The 10-year epic is told in 40 days (from Kalypso to end).
Telemakhos (Books 1-4): Telemakhos and Penelope; Nestor, Menelaos; Athena
Adventures (Books 5-12): The hero starts with 12 ships and crews
Kikonians: plunder and loss, impetuous attack [Book 9]
Lotus Eaters (Lotophagians): drugs, passivity [9]
Kyklopês (Polyphemos): lower limits of civilized society, hybris [9]
Aiolos (wind): potentially friendly powers of nature [10]
Laistrygonians: cannibal types, one ship left [10]
Kirkê on Aiaia (Hermes too): love changes men into animals, stay 1 year [10]
Erebos (Hades): heritage and destinies, Teirêsias [11]
Seirênês: lure of knowledge (they sing the mind away) [12]
Skylla and Kharybdis: cruel powers greater than hero [12]
Helios on Trinakia (sacred cows): loss of men (thunderbolt), Odysseus alone [12]
Kalypso on Ogygia: immortality, stays 8 years [5]


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