Author Reveals that Ancient Greek Myths are Still Reflective of Contemporary Life through a Collection of Introspective Dialogues

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Book will be featured at the American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in New Orleans, LA on June 24-27, 2011

Author Betty Mallett Smith brings her trained philosophical mind and her love and long study of Greek literature and art to bear on the ancient myths in her book, The Greek Dialogues. The Greek gods, goddesses and heroes come alive as they fight, love, bicker and give advice to confused human beings in these imaginative dialogues.

Reflecting Smith’s deep experience of modern depth psychology, especially that of C.G. Jung, this dialogue compilation is the product of an original ear, heart, and mind brought to bear on the Greek gods and goddesses, and through them, on each reader. In this book, the reader will not find another systematic scholarly survey of every Greek god and goddess, but rather a selection from the Greek pantheon.

The Greek Dialogues presents clusters of imaginative dialogues; each cluster centering on a particular mythic being—a god, goddess, or hero—and illuminating its nature in an intimate and telling way, which the author calls ‘poiesis’. This method allows the reader to participate imaginatively in the dialogue, leading to a kind of inner distillation of the material into an individual experience of meaning.    

“In all this time, scholars have given many explanations of the origins of myths and of their lasting power over the imagination. Once, they were seen simply as history—as the imaginative retellings of real events. In our time, psychological understanding, especially that of C. G. Jung, sees them as expressing inborn patterns of human life which recur again and again. This book of dialogues arises from such a perspective,” says Deborah Wesley, editor of this book.

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About the Author
Mrs. Betty Mallett Smith holds degrees from William Jewell College and Brown University and was a college lecturer in philosophy before myth and the ancient Greek world became her central focus. Leading mythology seminar tours to Greece has been her special delight. As director-founder of Poiesis Seminars, she presents seminars in Southern and Northern California and is a frequent lecturer. She is the author of Loved by a God, a book on audio cassette, and Conversations in South Pasture.

THE GREEK DIALOGUES * by Betty Mallett Smith
Explorations in Myth
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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