From Myth to Reason?: Studies in the Development of Greek Thought

From Myth to Reason?: Studies in the Development of Greek Thought

From Myth to Reason?: Studies in the Development of Greek Thought

From Myth to Reason?: Studies in the Development of Greek Thought

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It is often said that Greek civilization underwent a transition from myth to reason. But what does this assertion mean? Is it true? Were the Greeks special in having evolved our sort of reason, or is that a mirage? In this book, some of the world's leading experts on ancient Greek myth, religion, philosophy, and history reconsider these fundamental issues.

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First of all, my thanks are due to the contributors to this volume; fortunate indeed is the editor who, like the present one, has to deal with colleagues whose learning is matched by their willingness to co-operate good-humouredly in the process of revision. Then, contributors and editor alike are indebted to the various bodies whose spon sorship made possible the Bristol Myth Colloquium of 1996, viz. (in alphabetical order) the British Academy, the Classical Association, the Hellenic Foundation, the Leventis Foundation, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and the University of Bristol. Next, the editor acknowledges the invaluable assistance given by Michael Howarth, Pantelis Michelakis, and Glenn Moodie in the preparation of this volume; Mr Howarth also translated two of the papers. Last but not least, Hilary O'Shea, of Oxford University Press, has patiently and carefully overseen this project from its inception; to her, too, much gratitude is owed.

The book is dedicated to 'the helpers'--Robert Benton, Pauline Hambling, Jo Kear, Rachel McNadlly, Irene Plant, Manolis Psarros, Spiros Siropoulos, Maria-Elena Springsted, and Pippa Sturt--that band of stalwarts whose friendly efficiency did so much to make the 1996 Colloquium memorable.

R.G.A.B.

Bristol
April 1998
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