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Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology

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

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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This is a study of Greek mythology in relation to its original contexts. Part one deals with the contexts in which myths were narrated: the home, public festivals, the lesche. Part two, the heart of the book, examines the relation between the realities of Greek life and the fantasies of mythology; the landscape, the family and religion are taken as case studies. Part three focuses on the function of myth-telling, both as seen by the Greeks themselves and as perceived by later observers.

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Product Details

  • 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: 14.6 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: #2,020,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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