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One who records, narrates, or comments on myths.

[From Greek mūthographos, writer of legends : mūthos, word, story + -graphos, -grapher.]
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a compiler or collector of myths
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a creator of myths
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Palaiphatos, a fourth-century BCE mythographer, describes the Sphinx as throwing herself down from a mountain.
A contradiction of this sort in a work of this nature is not to be censured as harshly as it might be in an analytic treatise or in pure fiction, nor perhaps even protested at all, because given that the mythographer is relating lore rather than advancing arguments or making up a story, the inconsistency is more like the recognition of equally popular accounts than like the defense or development of jointly exhaustive and mutually exclusive positions.
I heard it first from Marina Warner, the British mythographer, in a lecture she gave that likened the iPhone to Venus de Milo and depilated actors.
(10) See Fabius Planciades Fulgentius, Fulgentius the Mythographer and Bernardus Silvestris, Commentary on The First Six Books of Virgil's Aeneid.
A courtier, an amateur mythographer, a champion of the strong.
Alberic of London ("The Third Vatican Mythographer"), Scintillarium poetarum, in QWTB; John Ridewall, Fulgentius metaphor alls, in QWTB [= Royal text 20, Booklet 9]; John of Wales/Waleys, Breviloquium de virtutibus, in QWT [= Royal text 12, Booklet 6]; Pierre Bersuire, Ovidius moralizatus [+ other, less widely disseminated Ovid commentaries], in QTB; Walter Map, Dissuasio Valerii [+ a commentary, usually Ridewall's, sometimes Trevet's], in QWT; (11) Malachi of Ireland, De septem venenis, in QT [= Royal text 3, Booklet 2]; Seneca the Elder, Declatnationes/Controvcrsiae, in QW [= Royal text 9, Booklet 4].
In The Imagini delle Dei degl'Antichi, the mythographer and humanist Vincenzo Cartari explained the signification of Minerva's various roles, including her invention of the textile arts.
"In fact, it separates the inspiration part of the landscape from the Google Earth part of the land." Many scholars of her work, including Graulich, had long known that parts of the book were fictional--the writer Bob Hass called Austin a "mythographer"--but most of the general public did not.
As part of his ongoing research into ancient utopias, Polish classicist Winiarczyk has expanded his 2002 study, in German, of fourth-century BC Greek mythographer Euhemerus, who argued that deities had once been human whose stories were elaborated over the centuries, a theory now called euhemerism.