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Indo-European Poetry and Myth

M. L. West


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. This book investigates their traditional mythologies, religions, and poetries, and points to elements of common heritage. In The East Face of Helicon (1997), the author of this present work showed the extent to which Homeric and other early Greek poetry was influenced by Near Eastern traditions, mainly non-Indo-European. This book presents a foil to that work by identifying elements ... More

Keywords: near Eastern traditions, Indo-European heritage, Greek poetry, gods, supernatural, Father Sky, Mother Earth, nymphs, elves, origin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. L. West, author
Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
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