Fairytale in the Ancient World

Fairytale in the Ancient World

by Graham Anderson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415237031
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/19/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,056,731
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviationsxi
2The Cinderella story in antiquity24
3Snow White and related tales43
4Cupid and Psyche and Beauty and the Beast61
5The Obstacle Flight72
6The 'innocent slandered maid'83
7Butchering girls: Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard92
8Magicians and their allies103
9Between living and dead112
10Two Homeric tales: The Cyclops and Ares and Aphrodite123
11Some moral parables: The Pied Piper, The Three Wishes, Rumpelstiltskin, The Singing Bone133
12Fairytale into romance145
13Folktales and society: some reflections on ancient evidence158
Appendix 1Some difficult cases173
Appendix 2Two ancient hero tales183
Appendix 3Thrushbeard and The Starmaidens188
Appendix 4AT Type 552 and the Orestes story193
Index of folktale types228
General index230

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ed.pendragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Claimed as the first modern general study of the ancient fairytale, this naturally combines the worlds of the academic and the non-specialist reader. The abiding impression for one of the latter group is that there is essentially nothing new under the sun when it comes to fairytale motifs and that the human condition seeks out and welcomes the same old universal tales. A rivetting read even with all the academic apparatus, this study include four equally fascinating appendices.