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The Nature of Greek Myths Paperback – December 7, 1990
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If you're looking for a quick "who did what to whom," you'd best go with Edith Hamilton. But if you want an insightful and informed adult journey into the character and substance of myth, perhaps this is the book you seek.
Kirk will help you understand the socio-human additions of emotion, morality and historicity to the myths but he will not help you understand the myths from the ancient's perspective as well as people like Cox, Pezron, Mueller, Lewis, Pritchard and many others can. While I loved this book I cannot say that you could not, using some other theories, deduce the true meaning of myths. The words we think of as names of individuals are not so, they are in fact short myths themselves describing celestial phenomena and when broken back down into their original parts but translated to the ancient's language would sound (to the ancients) something like;
"The Sun, Brilliant Sun, moving and radiant Sun, traveled across the sky as he walked the Sun moved with fiery glory running past the earth; that magnificent traveling Sun." Sounds silly but that is the jist of it. Perhaps Kirk just didn't wish to risk ad hominem choosing instead to play it safe by concluding that all mythology is still a mystery we will never solve.