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Indo-European Poetry and Myth (Hardcover) Loot Price: R5,424
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Indo-European Poetry and Myth (Hardcover): M.L. West

Indo-European Poetry and Myth (Hardcover)

M.L. West

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The Indo-Europeans, speakers of the prehistoric parent language from which most European and some Asiatic languages are descended, most probably lived on the Eurasian steppes some five or six thousand years ago. Martin West investigates their traditional mythologies, religions, and poetries, and points to elements of common heritage. In The East Face of Helicon (1997), West showed the extent to which Homeric and other early Greek poetry was influenced by Near Eastern traditions, mainly non-Indo-European. His new book presents a foil to that work by identifying elements of more ancient, Indo-European heritage in the Greek material. Topics covered include the status of poets and poetry in Indo-European societies; metre, style, and diction; gods and other supernatural beings, from Father Sky and Mother Earth to the Sun-god and his beautiful daughter, the Thunder-god and other elemental deities, and earthly orders such as Nymphs and Elves; the forms of hymns, prayers, and incantations; conceptions about the world, its origin, mankind, death, and fate; the ideology of fame and of immortalization through poetry; the typology of the king and the hero; the hero as warrior, and the conventions of battle narrative.


Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2007
First published: July 2007
Authors: M.L. West
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 34mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 540
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-928075-9
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Myths & mythology
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > Classical, early & medieval
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Customs & folklore > Folklore
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Myths & mythology
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > General
LSN: 0-19-928075-4
Barcode: 9780199280759

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