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Classical or Greco-Roman mythology usually refers to the mythology, and the associated polytheistic rituals and practices, of Classical Antiquity. Originally cognate but still markedly different, Roman religion converged with Greek religion during Hellenism, to the point of near identity. See It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Classical antiquity. ... // The word mythology (Greek: μυθολογία, from μυθος mythos, a story or legend, and λογος logos, an account or speech) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural events or characters to explain the nature of the universe and humanity. ... Polytheism stevenis gay, or worship of, multiple gods or divinities. ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... It has been suggested that Greco-Roman be merged into this article or section. ... The term Hellenistic (established by the German historian Johann Gustav Droysen) in the history of the ancient world is used to refer to the shift from a culture dominated by ethnic Greeks, however scattered geographically, to a culture dominated by Greek-speakers of whatever ethnicity, and from the political dominance...

// Greek mythology consists in part in a large collection of narratives that explain the origins of the world and detail the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Roman mythology, the mythological beliefs of the people of Ancient Rome, can be considered as having two parts. ... Religion in ancient Rome combined several different cult practices and embraced more than a single set of beliefs. ...

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I want particularly to investigate the opening-up of mythology's mysteries to people of both sexes who did not go to secondary school and college, and to women in particular--that is, the groups which did not until the nineteenth century have access to classical languages.
Returning now to the theme of this paper--the democratization of classical mythology in America to 1855, I am using here the older definition of mythology which I believe is still the popular one, a traditional body of knowledge about old stories, and the stories to which I refer are those of Greece and Rome.
Classical works appeared on some lists--in the ancient languages, or study aids for these; and little was found of literary works in English where one might find references to classical mythology.
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