Fairytale in the Ancient World

Fairytale in the Ancient World

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In this, the first modern study of the ancient fairytale, Graham Anderson asks whether the familiar children's fairytale of today existed in the ancient world. He examines texts from the classical period and finds many stories which resemble those we know today, including: * a Jewish Egyptian Cinderella * a Snow White whose enemy is the goddess Artemis * a Pied Piper at Troy. He puts forward many previously unsuspected candidates as classical variants of the modern fairytale and argues that the degree of violence and cruelty in the ancient tales means they must have been meant for adults.In other words, Achilles would seem to have abridged the tale of Callisthenes and Calligone very considerably, bringing it in only at the beginning and the end, when the paradigm of the fairytale shows it quite clearly in the middle as well. ... We begin to suspect that the four different tale-types are really sub-types of the same story, and that that story is also in its essentials the template of the story ofanbsp;...

Title:Fairytale in the Ancient World
Author: Graham Anderson
Publisher:Routledge - 2002-01-04

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