Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology by Richard BuxtonImaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology by Richard Buxton

Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of Mythology

byRichard Buxton

Paperback | July 29, 1994

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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.
Title:Imaginary Greece: The Contexts of MythologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 0.59 inPublished:July 29, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521338654

ISBN - 13:9780521338653

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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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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.