The Origin of the Gods: A Psychoanalytic Study of Greek Theogonic Myth
Publisher: Oxford University Press | ISBN: 0195055047 | edition 1989 | PDF | 223 pages | 10,3 mb
This innovative study posits that myths in general, and Greek theogonic myth in particular, have a latent meaning that is responsible both for the emotional energy inherent in myths, and for the special attraction they have even to those who no longer believe in their literal meaning. Caldwell describes, in clear and comprehensible language, aspects of psychoanalytic theory relevant to the understanding of Greek myth, implementing a psychoanalytic methodology to interpret the Greek myth of origin and succession, particularly as stated in Hesiod's Theogony. In reassessing this work, which tells the story of the world's beginning from unbounded Chaos to the defeat of the Titans, Caldwell addresses several unexplained problems– why does the world begin with the spontaneous emergence of four uncaused entities, and why in this particular order?