By Jon D. Mikalson
Ancient Greek Religion presents an creation to the elemental ideals, practices, and significant deities of Greek religion.
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For the Greeks, the medium disappears behind the message. Whether as allegories or somewhat altered traditions, myths generally found credence, so that in the middle of the Metaphysics an Aristotle, little given to developing facile criticisms, nevertheless judges it opportune to discuss in a tone of scathing irony the legends about ambrosia and nectar, the liquors of immortality. l 6 Even those who mistrusted myths did not dare challenge them at their basis; hence their difficulty. This is why they so often seem only to half-believe in their legends or to believe that they believe in them .
The text of the truth is not irremediably spoiled, and for a reason. One cannot lie ex nihilo, one can only distort the truth. Palaephatus' thinking ceases to be bewildering if we see that it is supported by this idea, dear to the Greeks, as well as by another one: that the problem of rediscovering the original text is defined quite narrowly, for error is multiple and correct meaning unique. " -? ' Behind This Sociology an Implicit Program of Truth And how does one rediscover this correct meaning?
Even when these inventions have a lofty allegorical meaning, they are nonetheless pedagogically dangerous. This is why Homer will be expelled from the city. lo6 As we see, Homer is here not the poet we know. He is not the author of the Iliad but the supposed creator of all mythology. Plato does not regulate the relationship between the State and belles-lettres but that Behind This Sociology an Implicit Program of Truth of the State and the collective consciousness. His position is not explained by the Greek idea that every poet creates myths but by this other idea, that all myths were invented by poets.
Ancient Greek Religion (Blackwell Ancient Religions) by Jon D. Mikalson