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Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology / Edition 1

Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology / Edition 1

by Richard Buxton


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This is a study of Greek myths in relation to the society in which they were originally told. It does not re-tell the myths; rather, it offers an analysis of how myths played a fundamental role in the lives of the Greeks. The relation between reality and fantasy is discussed by means of three case studies: the landscape, the family, and religion. Most of all, this book seeks to demonstrate how the seemingly endless variations of Greek mythology are a product of its particular people, place, and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521338653
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/16/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Narrative Contexts: 1. Telling tales; 2. Myths in performance; 3. Performance into text; 4. Images in context; Part II. Re-Imagining the World: 5. Cookery and recipes; 6. Landscape; 7. Family; 8. Religion; Part III. What was the Point?: 9. The actors' perceptions; 10. Modern perspectives; Epilogue.

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