Hyperboreans: Myth and History in Celtic-Hellenic Contacts

Hyperboreans: Myth and History in Celtic-Hellenic Contacts

Hardback Studies in Classics

By (author) Timothy P. Bridgman

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 229mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415969786
  • ISBN 13: 9780415969789
  • Illustrations note: 23 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables

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In Greek mythology, Hyperboreans were a tribe who lived far to Greece's north. Contained in what has come down to us of Greek literary tradition are texts that identify the Hyperboreans with the Celts, or Hyperborean lands with Celtic ones. This groundbreaking book studies the texts that make or imply this identification, and provides reasons why some ancient Greek authors identified a mythical people with an actual one. Timothy P. Bridgman demonstrates not only that these authors mythologize history, but that they used the traditional Greek parallel mythical world to interpret history throughout ancient Greek culture, thought and literature.

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Author information

Timothy P. Bridgman received his Ph.D. at Trinity College, Dublin. Publications include "Who Were the Cimmerians?" (Hermathena 164 [1998] 31-64), "Apollonius of Rhodes' Argonautica : A Mythology of Greek Expansion in Celtic Lands" ( PHCC 21, forthcoming), and "Les Romains et l'Irlande: Invasion, Conquete ou Commerce?" (in Hommages a Monique Clavel-Leveque, Annales Litteraires de l'Universite de Franche-Comte a Besancon, forthcoming).

Table of contents

Figures, Maps, and Tables Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Section One: The Hyperboreans and the Golden Age: Inventing Mythical Greek Time Section Two: The Hyperboreans and Hyperborean Identity Chapter One: From the Beginnings to the Second Purification of Delos Chapter Two: From Herodotus to Antimachus of Colophon Chapter Three: The Fourth Century and Beyond Section Three: The Hyperboreans and the Celts: A Case of Mistaken Identity Chapter Four: Antimachus of Colophon Chapter Five: Heraclides Ponticus Chapter Six: Hecataeus of Abdera Chapter Seven: Apollonius of Rhodes Chapter Eight: Posidonius of Apamea Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index