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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

J. William Harris

First Committee Member

Fred L. Farley

Second Committee Member

J. Marc Jantzen


Many teachers of English are challenged with the question, "Why do we study these ancient myths?" The most obvious justification is the great contribution of mythology to music, literature, and other arts. However, the modern, questioning student is not entirely satisfied with this answer. A more practical appeal is made in this study of the contributions of mythology to modern language.