Mythos is a part of Aristotle’s POETICS which is about drama - more particularly tragedy. In the Poetics of Aristotle, Plot, Character, Language, Thought, Spectacle, and Melody are listed as being part of the dramatic experience.
But of these elements, “the most important of them is the organization of events” – (i.e., the plot) (Hutton, 1982 p. 51).
Mythos is the word that is translated simply as Plot. Aristotle goes on further to say that, “The events which are the parts of the plot must be so organized that if any one of them is displaced or taken away, the whole will be shaken and put out of joint” (Hutton, 1982 p. 54). This is the concept of Completeness.
This is the point that ”a well constructed plot...will neither begin at some chance point nor end at some chance point.” The last aspect of plot is Magnitude. This is “the size that properly belongs to it” (Hutton, 1982 p. 53). The concept of magnitude might be substituted by “appropriateness,” which relates back to the rhetorical concept of decorum. A product “mythos” then, can be thought of as a small story (or fable) where there is completeness (i.e., ethos, logos, and pathos are all represented), and appropriate magnitude (i.e., things are in their proper balance or relationship to one another).
[This series of paintings is currently being reframed in a box frame behind glass. Images coming soon.]
Rock Pigments on Postcard, Board, Pine Wood Frame