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date: 18 June 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of many of the important mythographical texts approximately contemporaneous with the Second Sophistic. The authors of these works sought to systematize or interpret traditional mythological lore and individual myths. Although mythography itself tended to be expressed in subliterary texts, both systematic and interpretive mythographical texts formed an important part of the context of the intellectual world of the Second Sophistic. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the ways in which the influence of mythography as a mode of transmission of mythological data and hermeneutic approaches can be traced in the literary works of the period.

Keywords: Second Sophistic, mythography, Greek myth, interpretive mythography, systematic mythography

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