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Persuasion in Greek Tragedy: A Study of Peitho Paperback – February 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521136730 ISBN-10: 0521136733

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A distinctive feature of Greek culture was an interest in the interrelationships between persuasion (peitho), deception and violence. In this study, R. G. A. Buxton examines the concept of peitho before analysing plays by Aischylos, Sophokles and Euripides in which persuasion plays a major role.

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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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