The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology

The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology

Paperback Sather Classical Lectures (Paperback)

By (author) Martin P. Nilsson

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520050738
  • ISBN 13: 9780520050730
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 1,361,053

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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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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.