June 23, 2009

The Evolution of a Legend

The Quest for Theseus, edited by Anne G. Ward, describes the growth and transformation of the Theseus legend from the Bronze Age up to 1970, when the book was published.

It's a deep and intriguing exploration of how humanity reinvents a compelling story again and again throughout history. Racine doesn't turn up till page 217.

How's this for a little historical vertigo?

(Click on the chart to view a larger version.)


Posted by Alison Humphrey at June 23, 2009 12:22 PM