Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
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tales of ghostly spirits who go back to this international to warn of chance, to prophesy, to take revenge, to request right burial, or to convenience the dwelling interested humans in precedent days simply as they do at the present time. during this cutting edge, interdisciplinary examine, the writer combines a contemporary folkloric viewpoint with literary research of ghost tales from classical antiquity to shed new mild at the tales' folks roots. the writer starts off by means of analyzing historic Greek and Roman ideals approximately demise and the departed and some of the varieties of ghost tales which arose from those ideals. She then specializes in the longer tales of Plautus, Pliny, and Lucian, which obstacle haunted homes. Her research illuminates the oral and literary transmission and variation of folkloric motifs and the improvement of the ghost tale as a literary shape. In her concluding bankruptcy, the writer additionally lines the impact of historic ghost tales on smooth ghost tale writers, an issue that would curiosity all readers and students of stories of hauntings.