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Metamorphosis in Greek Myths

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Metamorphosis in Greek Myths by P.M.C.Forbes Irving
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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.

Author Biography

Paul Forbes Irving is a barrister
Release date NZ
July 30th, 1992
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
342
Dimensions
137x215x21
ISBN-13
9780198140900
Product ID
2247447

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