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Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity$
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Greta Hawes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672776.001.0001

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Pausanias. Periegesis

Pausanias. Periegesis

(p.175) 6 Pausanias. Periegesis
Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Greta Hawes

Oxford University Press

Pausanias’ travel guide is a complex, eclectic text which exhibits a number of approaches to myth. This chapter argues that Paul Veyne’s conception of Pausanias’ style as a narrator and critic of myth is too narrowly-conceived. It shows that Pausanias presents rationalistic readings of his material in various ways and in response to particular narrative and geographical contexts, and that his ‘habits’ are broadly in keeping with those apparent elsewhere in the ancient tradition. It discusses the ways in which he makes use of rationalistic approaches in relation to geographical anomalies, stories of metamorphosis, the work of Daedalus, and the myths of Crete.

Keywords:   Greek myth, rationalization, Pausanias, Paul Veyne, belief, Daedalus, metamorphosis, Crete

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