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Titel: Indo-European Poetry and Myth.
Oxford University Press, Oxford (.), 2009. 525p. Original pictorial hard bound. Head spine as well as upper part back cover near spine a bit bumped. 'This important book asks a big question and meets a real need. Taking for granted the stemma provided for Indo-European (IE) comparative philology, it asks how much in the poetry and mythology of the IE-speaking world goes back to the preliterate period when the IE languages were beginning to differentiate and to expand territorially. An introduction quickly presents the IE-speaking world, the primary sources and some considerations of comparative method, and thereafter the book moves from the linguistic craft of the poet via gods towards heroes. All students of early Greece will be aware of the work of Martin West (henceforth W.). They will expect a book pitched at the highest level of scholarship and displaying prodigious erudition, and they will not be disappointed.(.) It is a book for repeated consultation rather than a quick read through, and since all who have comparative interests will want to own it (.). This is a landmark publication in an area of study whose importance is likely to grow - not only for classics but also for the humanities more generally.' (N.J. ALLEN in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.10.53). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 34969
Inhaltsangabe: 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 Eastern traditions, 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.
Über den Autor:
M.L. West is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
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