Complete World Of Greek Mythology by Richard BuxtonComplete World Of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton

Complete World Of Greek Mythology

byRichard Buxton

Hardcover | June 29, 2004

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Greek myths are among the most complex and influential stories ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. They can be found in the latest movies and television shows and in software for interactive computer games. This book combines a retelling of Greek myths with a comprehensive account of the world in which they developed—their themes, their relevance to Greek religion and society, and their relationship to the landscape.
  • "Contexts, Sources, Meanings" describes the main literary and artistic sources for Greek myths, and their contexts, such as ritual and theater.
  • "Myths of Origin" includes stories about the beginning of the cosmos, the origins of the gods, the first humans, and the founding of communities.
  • "The Olympians: Power, Honor, Sexuality" examines the activities of all the main divinities.
  • "Heroic exploits" concentrates on the adventures of Perseus, Jason, Herakles, and other heroes.
  • "Family sagas" explores the dramas and catastrophes that befall heroes and heroines.
  • "A Landscape of Myths" sets the stories within the context of the mountains, caves, seas, and rivers of Greece, Crete, Troy, and the Underworld.
  • "Greek Myths after the Greeks" describes the rich tradition of retelling, from the Romans, through the Renaissance, to the twenty-first century.

Complemented by lavish illustrations, genealogical tables, box features, and specially commissioned drawings, this will be an essential book for anyone interested in these classic tales and in the world of the ancient Greeks.

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 Th...
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Title:Complete World Of Greek MythologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.3 × 7.9 × 1.04 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500251215

ISBN - 13:9780500251218

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Resource An informative compilation mythology. The images are almost all real artifacts and paintings so full nudity is present in many of the illustrative portions of the book, in the event that someone is looking for something more censored. The content in terms of text does not hold back either. This text is for older readers.
Date published: 2017-01-29

Editorial Reviews

Engrossing and lavishly illustrated, this survey demonstrates once again why Greek mythology is so enduringly popular.... Buxton’s engagingly written blend of erudition and insight makes these primordial tales seem fresh again. — Publishers Weekly