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Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology Paperback – July 29, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0521338653 ISBN-10: 0521338654

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521338654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521338653
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offering an analysis of how myths played a fundamental role in the lives of the Greeks, this study of the relationship between reality and fantasy focuses on three case studies--the landscape, the family and religion. It demonstrates how Greek mythology is a product of its people, place and time.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
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Buxton's small book is big on theory and thus truly useful only to scholars interested in Greek mythology, especially as a social or intellectual phenomon. While one may not agree with everything Buxton has to say, his theories are well supported by the evidence he uses and he has a firm grasp of the ancient Greek mind and culture. A must have book for the serious scholar. The only thing that might make it better would be a more general approach since that would make it accessible to a wider audience.
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Richard Buxton works on ancient Greek literature (especially tragedy), and ancient mythology and religion. One of his main aims is to explore the contexts - for example, social life and the landscape - which can help us to recover the meanings which myths had for their tellers and hearers/readers (see his Imaginary Greece, 1994, and The Complete World of Greek Mythology, 2004).

In 1996 he organized a major international conference at Bristol, whose proceedings appeared as From Myth to Reason? (1999) Since 2003 he has been one of the editors of Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum and since 2006 he has been President of the LIMC Foundation. His book 'Forms of Astonishment: Greek Myths of Metamorphosis' was published in 2009. He will next be revising for publication a selection of his papers on Greek myth and tragedy.

He has taken part in a number of radio programs about myth. His work has been translated into nine languages.

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