Indo-European Poetry and Myth

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OUP Oxford, 24 mai 2007 - 525 pages
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 Easterntraditions, 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.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
1 Poet and Poesy
26
2 Phrase and Figure
75
3 Gods and Goddesses
120
4 Sky and Earth
166
5 Sun and Daughter
194
6 Storm and Stream
238
7 Nymphs and Gnomes
280
9 Cosmos and Canon
340
10 Mortality and Fame
375
11 King and Hero
411
12 Arms and the Man
447
Elegy on an IndoEuropean Hero
504
Bibliography
505
Index
511
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8 Hymns and Spells
304

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M.L. West is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

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