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1. Structure, Semantics, Validity: the Function of Myth in History
This idea of making the transitory past permanent by making it present is exactly Herodotus’ goal, as he states at the very beginning of his work:
Every kind of historiography is mythification due to its inherent exemplarity—every event deemed worth remembering becomes, in some way, myth. This timeless relevance of data considered exemplary for (and therefore similar to) the present corresponds with Herodotus’ idea of history being cyclical—events, deeds, even characters are repeated in all eternity.
2. Herodotus and the Problems of Modern Reception
2.1 The Problem of Narrative Logic:
- A Phoenician ship lands in Greece.
- The women have special interest in the offered goods. 
- One of the customers is a rich and noble woman. 
- She has an affair with one of the Phoenicians.
- She elopes with the Phoenicians.
- She takes a child with her (Io has the yet unborn child of the captain with her, the Homeric nurse takes little Eumaios)
2.2 The Problem of Factuality:
3. A ‘Mythical and Ritual Poetics’ and the Cultural Context