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Plato’s Myths

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[Revised entry by Catalin Partenie on May 24, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
What the ancient Greeks – at least in the archaic phase of their civilization – called muthos was quite different from what we and the media nowadays call “myth”. For them a muthos was a true story, a story that unveils the true origin of the world and human beings. For us a myth is something to be “debunked”: a widespread, popular belief that is in fact false. In archaic Greece the memorable was transmitted orally through poetry, which often relied on myth. However, starting with the…

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