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By Graham Anderson

The Greek and Roman international is frequently famous for the rationalism of some extraordinary thinkers. This booklet is set the normal superstitions, ideals, taboos, folk-remedies, ghost tales, and people stories that haunted the remaining. alongside how it considers such questions as, Do sleek techniques support or prevent our makes an attempt to determine historical superstition from the interior? will we holiday down the obstacles among people stories and myths? Did it actually matter no matter if a therapeutic herb used to be picked by means of moonlight or now not? was once there a Cinderella story within the old world?

The quantity starts through asking how we will try to outline folklore within the first position, and the way we will be able to make experience of the tremendous quantity of fabrics to be had. It examines the prejudices of writers who record folkloric details and explores the cultural contexts that formed their fabrics. It comprises quite a few examples and texts, comparable to stories, legends, proverbs, jokes, riddles, and conventional customs. the amount overviews severe techniques to the examine of historic folklore, and it surveys the presence of Greek and Roman folklore in classical tradition. due to the great curiosity within the historic international, this quantity will meet the desires of highschool scholars and basic readers.

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