Logos Vs. Mythos, By Dante 's La Divina Commedia And St. Augustine 's Confessions All

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Logos v. Mythos As melodramatic as it is to start this paper with “Throughout the course of history…” I find myself doing just that. For it truly is throughout the course of history that the act of storytelling has been practiced. Furthermore, the teachings of philosophy and theology have been practiced throughout the ages. For these reasons, to make the sweeping statement that; storytelling (Mythos) and reason (Logos) have truly affected mankind’s view of history since the beginning of recorded events, may not be so out of place. Many of the authors we studied this year subscribe to a mix of Mythos and Logos in order to convey their message. Virgil’s Aeneid, the author of the Book of Samuel, Dante’s La Divina Commedia, and St. Augustine’s Confessions all are all varying mixes of Mythos and Logos. However, the authors are aware that Mythos convinces people of their ideas in a drastically different way than Logos does, and their pieces reflect this difference. For an argument to be structurally sound, it must be firmly supported by philosophy and reason (Logos). However, for an argument to persuade another person to your point of view it must be relatable, which is where Mythos comes in. This delicate balance is achieved in all of the above pieces. Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid is at first glance entirely Mythos. While it is written as though it was fact, it is known that the journey of the hero Aeneas was nonexistent, and the whole of the Trojan War probably never…

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