Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - 548 sider

From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an astonishing longevity; many such tales are found in classical antiquity. Ariadne's Thread is an encyclopedia of more than a hundred such international oral tales, all present in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

It takes into account writings, including early Jewish and Christian literature, recorded in or translated into Greek or Latin by writers of any nationality. As a result, it will be invaluable not only to classicists and folklorists but also to a wide range of other readers who are interested in stories and storytelling. William Hansen presents the familiar form of each tale and discusses the similar ancient story or stories, examining how each corresponds with and differs from that form. He then gives principal sources and, where appropriate, comments on the cultural factors affecting the shape and content of the ancient story, the context of transmission, and issues raised in the secondary literature.

Finally, he provides a bibliography of scholarly studies and the pertinent reference in the standard folk-narrative index, The Types of the Folktale by Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson. Again and again, Hansen demonstrates how ancient narratives are often best understood in the context of the larger tradition. He forces us to rethink the nature of Greek mythology by encouraging an appreciation of the extent to which Greek myths and legends parallel international stories. By virtue of their durability, he says, these orally transmitted stories rank among the world's most successful artistic creations.

--Choice, September 2002 "Marvels and Tales Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies"
 

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Hansen traces the origins of more than 100 folktales to their roots in the literature of antiquity. He includes not only stories that have survived in the ancient languages but also early Jewish and ... Les hele vurderingen

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Introduction
1
The Tales
20
Carrying Water in a Sieve S Danaides
79
Dead Childs Friendly Return The Dead Ask the Living
92
Devil to Count Stars S Counting Sand Stars Waves
100
Dog on the Bridge SO Alexander and the Donkey Driver
114
Fairies Send a Message S Death of Pan
131
Foolish Man Builds Aircastles SO Gripus
138
Money in the Stick 279
279
Nothing to Cook S Nothing to Eat
287
404
300
Ogre Kills His Own Children S Aedon
301
Old Man and Death
314
Person Does Not Know Himself
327
429
331
Quest for a Vanished Princess S Apollo of the Vultures
352

Frog King S Roman Proverb
145
Girl as Helper SO Jason and Medeia
151
392
166
God and the Emperor of Rome SO Zeus and Tantalos
167
Great Animal or Object
176
Groom Teaches His Horse to Live without Food
187
Holding Up the Rock S Holding Up the Sky
197
Hospitality Rewarded S Mercury and the Stingy Women
223
Husbands One Good Eye Covered S Husbands Attention Diverted
225
Keep Your Seats SO Prince the Flutist
233
Learn to Swim
240
Magic Object and the Trolls SØ Perseus
251
Man Does Not Recognize His Own Reflection
257
Marrying a Man of Forty S Returning a Donkey
264
Sailor and the Oar SO Odysseus
371
Schlaraffenland S Gluttons Paradise
402
Son of the King and of the Smith S Kyros
414
Sunlight Carried in a Bag Perdikkes
424
Three Joint Depositors S Demosthenes
431
Twins or Blood Brothers S Menaechmi
453
Unfinished Tale SO And Then I Woke
460
White Serpents Flesh 5 Melampous the Seer
469
Wishing Contest
475
Bibliography
491
Index of Ancient Sources
533
Index of Tale Types and Motifs
539
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William Hansen is Professor of Classical Studies and Folklore at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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