Jean-Pierre Vernant

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Jean-Pierre Vernant (January 4, 1914 – January 9, 2007) was a French historian and anthropologist, specialist in ancient Greece. Influenced by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Vernant developed a structuralist approach to Greek myth, tragedy, and society which would itself be influential among classical scholars.

Works[edit]

(in French unless noted otherwise)

  • Les origines de la pensée grecque, Paris: PUF, 1962; 10th ed., Paris: PUF, 2007. [1]
  • Mythe et pensée chez les Grecs: Etudes de psychologie historique, Paris: Maspero, 1965; Paris: La Decouverte, 1996 Review.
    • Myth and Thought Among the Greeks, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983; New York: Zone Books, 2006. (English)
    • Mito e pensamento entre os gregos, Rio de Janeiro: Paz e Terra, 1990, PDF. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • with Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Mythe et tragédie en Grèce ancienne, 2 vols., Paris, 1972, 1986.
    • Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece, trans. Janet L1oyd, New York: Zone Books, 1988, 1990, 1996. (English)
    • Mito e Tragédia na Grécia Antiga, 2 vols., trans. AA. VV., Sao Paulo: Perspectiva, 1999. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Mito y Tragedia en la Grecia Antigua, 2 vols., Paidós Ibérica, 2002. (Spanish)
  • with Marcel Detienne, Les ruses de l'intelligence. La metis des grecs, Paris: Flammarion, 1974.
  • Mythe et société en Grèce ancienne, Paris: Maspero, 1974; Paris: La Decouverte, 1988.
  • La Mort dans les yeux. Figures de l'Autre en Grèce ancienne: Artémis, Gorgô, Paris: Hachette, 1985.
    • Morte nos Olhos, trans. Clóvis Marques, Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar, 1988, PDF. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • with Jean Bottéro and Clarisse Herrenschmidt L'Orient ancien et nous. L'écriture, la raison, les dieux, Paris: Albin Michel, 1996. Review
    • Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece, trans. Francois Zabbal and Teresa Lavender Fagan, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2000, PDF. (English)
  • L'Univers, les Dieux, les Hommes. Récits grecs des origines, Paris: Seuil, 1999.
    • El universo; los dioses; los hombres. El relato de los mitos griegos, trans. Joaquín Tordá, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2000, PDF, PDF. (Spanish)

Colected works[edit]

  • Œuvres, vol. 1, Paris: Seuil, 2007, ARG. Includes Religions, rationalités, politique contient, L'Univers, les Dieux, les Hommes; Les Origines de la pensée grecque; Mythe et pensée chez les Grecs etc.

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Literature[edit]

  • Richard Neer, "Jean-Pierre Vernant and the History of the Image", Arethusa 43, no. 2 (2010), pp 181–95, ARG

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