An essay by Marina Warner, in the excellent British online magazine The Liberal, meditates on the meaning of myth:
WRITERS don’t make up myths; they take them over and recast them. Even Homer was telling stories that his audience already knew. If some individuals present weren’t acquainted with Odysseus’s wanderings or the Trojan War, and were listening in for the first time (as I was when a child, enthralled by the gods and goddesses in H.A. Guerber’s classic retelling), they were still aware that this was a common inheritance that belonged to everyone. Its single author – if Homer was one at all – acted as a conduit of collective knowledge, picking up the thread and telling it anew.
Read more from Marina Warner here. Travel Dynamics International would love to place you in the heart of mythical settings, and tease out the meanings of the ancient myths for your life, in cruise programs such as Journey of Odysseus, Voyage to the Lands of Gods and Heroes, Journey of Aeneas, and a very special voyage called Landmark Ancient Sites of the Mediterranean, on which famed PBS broadcaster Bill Moyers will serve as guest lecturer. As many of you know, one of Mr. Moyers’ greatest works was a conversation series called “The Power of Myth” with the late Joseph Campbell.