This book is a sustained focus of on those original human acts that gave us the gods, the human psyche, and the stories about them. Dr. Colavito divides myth into four distinct but inseparable "acts": first is the original power to create; second, the stories about the manifestation; third, the imitation and duplication of the manifested images; and four are the theories regarding the first three. Development of these four "acts" provides the foundation for studying and interpreting myth cross-culturally.
Maria M. Colavito teaches Mythology at the University of North Florida and is the President of the Mythic Arts Institute of America. She is the author of The Pythagorean Intertext in Ovid's Metamorphoses.
"What I like most about this book are the possibilities it suggests. Maria Colavito's ideas constitute a new hermeneutical approach to the Greek myths that pushes the reader to consider (or reconsider) the relevancy of these myths, their potential function as meaningful paradigms for the reader's life. The ideas outlined by the author are inherently important. At the same time, they will prove to be a valuable contribution to the study of western esotericism, an increasingly important area which is being carved out by scholars like Carlo Ginsburg and Antoine Faivre. The author's bold insistence on a connection between the meaning of myth and the embodied praxis of certain followers of Plato and Pythagoras is far-reaching in its implications. This book has the potential to transform, rather than merely inform, its readers." — Karen Voss, San Jose State University