Fairytale in the Ancient World (Hardback)
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Short Description for Fairytale in the Ancient World The first modern study of the ancient fairytale, it bridges a major gap between the study of the ancient world and the wider world of oral culture, and will be of immense value and interest to students of a wide variety of disciplines.
- Published: 01 November 2000
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415237024 ISBN 10: 0415237025
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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.