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Metamorphosis in Greek Myths : Oxford Classical Monographs (Paperback) - P. M. C. Forbes Irving

Metamorphosis in Greek Myths

Oxford Classical Monographs (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 30th July 1992
ISBN: 9780198140900
Number Of Pages: 344

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The transformation of human beings to animals, plants, and stones is one of the commonest and most characteristic themes of Greek mythology; whereas many cultures contain some such stories, in none are they so popular as in the Greek myths. Transformations are also some of the most mysterious and fantastic episodes in Greek mythology. Given the intriguing nature of the subject-matter, it is surprising that no study of these stories has ever appeared in English. But this book is unusual in its approach. Studies of Greek myths have usually tended to try to explain them away in terms of some external entity, whether it be some hypothetical ritual, some curious phenomenum of nature or some long-forgotten historical event. The book argues that this attitude ignores what is of most interest about Greek myths - their appeal as stories. The author analyses the various ways in which these stories imagine and explore what it means for a person to change his or her form.

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"Fills a very special niche....Will appeal to anyone whose research interests include Greek mythology and religion....His work will not be quickly superseded."--Religious Studies Review
"A handy compendium of transformation tales from the Greek world....Offers many new insights....Might well be used as an adjunct in the college classroom."--Classical World
"This is a valuable reference text for any scholar of classical mythology."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"A splendid reference guide. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries with holdings in literature, folklore, mythology, anthropology."--Choice

ISBN: 9780198140900
ISBN-10: 0198140908
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 30th July 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 14.22  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5