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n. pl. my·thog·ra·phies
1. The artistic representation of mythical subjects.
2. A collection of myths, often with critical commentary.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the study of myths or mythology


(mɪˈθɒg rə fi)

n., pl. -phies.
1. a written collection of myths.
2. expression of myths in artistic, esp. plastic, form.
[1850–55; < Greek mȳthographía]
my•thog′ra•pher, n.


1. the collecting of myths.
2. the recording of myths in writing.
3. a critical collection of myths. — mythographer, mythographist, n.
See also: Mythology
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Lighting the blue lotos touchpaper of Romantic Indophilia, Sakuntala inspired poets, philologists, ethnologists, and mythographers throughout Europe.
The story appears in several ancient poets and mythographers (see Frazer's note, 1:234-35), but only Apollodorus (2d century bce) names the chair, though Horace's allusion in Odes 4.
These enchantresses were the subject of allegorical interpretations that started with the Homeric commentators, continued through the Alexandrian period of Greek romances like Daphne and Chloe, found expression in the Church Fathers, and were the common property of medieval mythographers.
While the Siren's connection with the sea is evident (she is pictured with the body of a fish and the upper body of a woman), Medusa's connection with it has not been stressed by modern mythographers.
Classical and early-modern mythographers often interpreted Perseus-who frees Andromeda from her chains, and is aided in his battle against the Gorgon by Athena, the goddess of reason and wisdom-as a figure for the power of education.
There can be no doubt about Baroque dramatists' dependence upon the moral Ovidian tradition that was passed on to them by mythographers such as Juan Perez de Moya (Philosophia secreta, 1595) and Baltasar de Vitoria (Theatro de los Dioses de la Gentilidad, 1620/1622) and emblematists such as Juan de Borja (Emblemas morales, 1581) and Sebastian de Covarrubias (Emblemas, 1610).
Parked alongside the work of mythographers was a set of texts concerned with the description of rituals, government, architecture, and the other concerns of the nascent study of distinct "cultures.
Discarding the influence model not only makes room within the circle of critical vision for unacknowledged mythographers like Wilkinson.
The specific details of the earlier epics in which these epithets, formulae, type-scenes, characters, plots, themes, and tale-types resided are allusive, of course, because only their residue survives, embedded in fragments of a later "Epic Cycle," in even later prose summaries of that Cycle, in the tales of various mythographers, and in more oblique references and allusions in tragedy, lyric, history, Hesiod and "Hesiodica," other "Homerica," and, less directly, in the Iliad and Odyssey themselves.
The Consolatio Philosophiae, with its medieval apparatus of glosses, provided a major reference-book for translators and mythographers,
38) That this tradition lived on and was commonplace among mythographers, too, can be gleaned from Nonnus' poetical introduction of Hermes as one whose "own wandering star" was such a companion of the sun:
It is quite likely that in addition to Ovid's text, Cervantes had read the mythographers that cited this work.