Comparative Mythology

Comparative Mythology


By (author) Jaan Puhvel

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  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1989
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801839386
  • ISBN 13: 9780801839382
  • Sales rank: 230,431

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In a magisterial work, Jaan Puhvel unravels the prehistoric Indo-Euopean origins of the traditions of India and Iran, Greece and Rome, of the Celts, Germans, Balts, and Slavs. Utilizing the methodologies of historical linguistics and archaeology, he reconstructs a shared religious, mytholoigcal, and cultural heritage. Separate chapters on individual traditions as well as on recurrent thees - god and warrior, king and virgin, fire and water - give life to "Comparative Mythology" as both a general introduction and a detaled reference.

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A judicious evaluation of what has been written about Indo-European mythology over the past forty years. Times Literary Supplement