The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology

The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology

By (author) Martin P. Nilsson


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The last major work of the giant of the field. Martin P Nilsson set himself the task of tracing the elements of Greek mythology, as they appear in Homer's Iliad, to their source in Mycenaean culture, a much earlier period. His conclusions, drawn from a very limited empirical material - archaeology, very few relevant Linear B texts - are remarkably compelling.

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • 01 Jul 1992
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0520050738
  • 9780520050730
  • 1,370,464

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Martin Persson Nilsson (Stoby, Kristianstad County, 12 July 1874 - Lund, 7 April 1967) was a Swedish philologist, mythographer, and a scholar of the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman religious systems. In his prolific studies he combined the literary evidence with the archaeological evidence, linking historic and prehistoric evidence for the evolution of the Greek mythological cycles.

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