Forms of Astonishment: Greek Myths of Metamorphosis

Richard Buxton

Published by Oxford University Press, 2009
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In this illustrated study, Richard Buxton analyzes Greek literary narratives and visual representations of the metamorphosis of humans and gods, as evidenced from Homer to Nonnos. Such tales have become familiar in their Ovidian dress, as in the best-selling translation by Ted Hughes; Buxton explores their Greek antecedents. He investigates such issues as: how do different contexts shape the way in which metamorphosis is narrated? How do the assumptions of commentators about "strangeness" affect how metamorphosis is interpreted? How far should an interpreter allow "contextual charity" to render more acceptable a belief such as that in metamorphosis? What are the implications of the notions of 'astonishment' (Greek: thambos) in a range of narratives about transformation?

Review: A rich resource for those embarking on study of Greek myth and/or religion (P. Nieto, CHOICE)

Buxton's thoughtful book sends us back to the texts with fresh eyes (Anglo-Hellenic Review)

The major contribution of this very readable and fascinating book is to have mapped the contours for future research in the always astonishing field of ancient metamorphosis. (José B. Torres-Guerra, Gnomon)

Oxford University Press has produced an admirable book, complete with an exhaustive index. Forms of Astonishment provides intellectually stimulating experience; it is a joy to read. Buxton is to be congratulated for an astonishing book that will be consulted for many years to come. (Eirene: Studia Graeca et Latina)

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