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Name Professor Richard Buxton
Job title Emeritus Professor
Senior Research Fellow in Humanities
Department Department of Classics & Ancient History University of Bristol
School of Humanities University of Bristol
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Qualifications MA, PhD(Cantab)
Professional details
Keywords ancient Greek literature
literature
ancient mythology
religion
myths
mythology
Areas of expertise I work on ancient Greek literature (especially tragedy), and ancient mythology and religion. One of my main aims is to explore the contexts for example, social life and the landscape which can help us to recover the meanings which myths had for their tellers and hearers/readers.

In 1996 I organised a major international conference at Bristol, whose proceedings appeared as From Myth to Reason? (1999) Since 2003 I have been one of the editors of Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum and since 2006 I have been President of the LIMC Foundation. I have just finished a book on Greek narratives of metamorphosis, and I will next be revising for publication a selection of my papers on Greek myth and tragedy. I have taken part in a number of radio programmes about myth. My work has been translated into nine languages.