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How to talk about pagan myths as a Christian author? Both in the East and the West, cultural knowledge of ancient myths kept on being communicated long after the religious practices and the socio-cultural circumstances in which they had developed and thrived, died out.
Christian authors who wished to discuss Greek and Roman myth in their own literary creations (e.g. commentaries, education-oriented writings, mythistory, etc.) could find an aid and example in ancient mythographic texts. In the first place, these predecessors transmitted a wealth of material and had developed a way of communicating myth by stripping away the social, historical, literary, and ritual contexts which were neither relevant nor wanted in the age of Christianity.
Secondly, ancient mythography also included criticism of myths. By rationalizing supernatural events and historicizing mythical figures, mythographers such as Palaephatus and Euhemerus offered a tool to render them more suitable for consumption.
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