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Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths?

An Essay on the Constitutive Imagination

Translated by Paula Wissing
"[Veyne’s] present book has some kinship with his sprightly theoretical work Comment on ecrit l’histoire; and he declares that its aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries. . . . The style is brilliant and exhilarating."—Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

169 pages | 5.50 x 8.50 | © 1988

Ancient Studies

Folklore and Mythology

Literature and Literary Criticism: Classical Languages

Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

Table of Contents

Translator’s Note
1. When Historical Truth Was Tradition and Vulgate
2. The Plurality and Analogy of True Words
3. The Social Distribution of Knowledge and the Modalities of Belief
4. Social Diversity of Beliefs and Mental Balkanization
5. Behind This Sociology an Implicit Program of Truth
6. Restoring Etiological Truth to Myth
7. Myth and Rhetorical Truth
8. Pausanias Entrapped
9. Forger’s Truth, Philologist’s Truth
10. The Need to Choose between Culture and Belief in a Truth

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