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date: 19 July 2019

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This article examines traditions through which members of a society achieve or express identity via myth, mythology, and mythography. It is no exaggeration to state that myths are the best-known parts of Greek antiquity today. In a brief survey, it is impossible to treat the whole subject of myth. The discussion here instead focuses on some observations on the origin, production, and function of myth; its relation to ritual; its transformation and marginalization in the course of the archaic and classical periods; its fossilization and function in the Roman/Hellenistic period; and its study in modern times.

Keywords: social identity, cultural identity, Greek myths, Greek antiquity, Hellenistic period, classical period

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