Myths and Tragedies in their Ancient Greek Contexts

Hardcover | August 4, 2013

byRichard Buxton

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This work brings together eleven of Richard Buxton's studies of Greek mythology and Greek tragedy, focusing especially on the interrelationship between the two, and their importance to the Greeks themselves. Situating and contextualising topics and themes, such as mountains, (were)wolves, mythological names, movement/stillness, blindness, and feminization, within the world of ancient Greece - its landscapes, social and moral priorities, and mental structures - he traces the intricate variations andretellings which they underwent in Greek antiquity. Although each chapter has appeared in print in some form before, each has been thoroughly revised for the present book, taking into account recent research. The introduction sets out the principles and objectives which underlie Buxton's approach toGreek myths, and how he sees his own method in relation to those of his predecessors and contemporaries.

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This work brings together eleven of Richard Buxton's studies of Greek mythology and Greek tragedy, focusing especially on the interrelationship between the two, and their importance to the Greeks themselves. Situating and contextualising topics and themes, such as mountains, (were)wolves, mythological names, movement/stillness, blindn...

Richard Buxton is Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Bristol. Since 2006 he has been President of the Foundation for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199557616

ISBN - 13:9780199557615

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AbbreviationsList of IllustrationsIntroductionPart I: THEMES IN MYTH1. Imaginary Greek Mountains2. Wolves and Werewolves in Greek Thought3. Mythological Names: The Case of melas4. The Myth of Talos: Vulnerability, ichor, and Boundary-Crossing5. Movement and Stillness: Versions of MedeaPart II: MYTHS IN TRAGEDY6. Tragedy and Greek Myth7. Time, Space, and Ideology: Tragic Myths and the Athenian Polis8. Bafflement in Greek Tragedy9. Blindness and Limits: Sophokles and the Logic of Myth10. Euripides Alkestis: Five Aspects of an Interpretation11. Feminized Males in Bakchai: The Importance of DiscriminationEnvoiDetails of Original PublicationBibliographyIndex