Indo-European Poetry and Myth

Indo-European Poetry and Myth

M. L. West


The Indo-Europeans, audio system of the prehistoric guardian language from which so much ecu and a few Asiatic languages are descended, most likely lived at the Eurasian steppes a few 5 - 6 thousand years in the past. Martin West investigates their conventional mythologies, religions, and poetries, and issues to components of universal history. In The East Face of Helicon (1997), West confirmed the level to which Homeric and different early Greek poetry was once encouraged through close to jap traditions, in general non-Indo-European. His new ebook offers a foil to that paintings via choosing components of extra old, Indo-European background within the Greek fabric. issues coated contain the prestige of poets and poetry in Indo-European societies; meter, type, and diction; gods and different supernatural beings, from Father Sky and mom Earth to the Sun-god and his attractive daughter, the Thunder-god and different elemental deities, and earthly orders reminiscent of Nymphs and Elves; the types of hymns, prayers, and incantations; conceptions in regards to the global, its beginning, mankind, loss of life, and destiny; the ideology of repute and of immortalization via poetry; the typology of the king and the hero; the hero as warrior, and the conventions of conflict narrative.

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