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Titel: King Arthur in Antiquity.
Routledge, London / New York, 2004. XI,208p. Cloth wrps. With author's dedication on free endpaper. New Year's wishes from Graham and Margaret Anderson loosely inserted. Nice copy. Although King Arthur's identity is so frequently debated, he is almost always set somewhere in the Celtic Britain of the Early Christian era. This original and wide-raqnging study argues that the roots of the Arthur legend are to be found in classical antiquity and that the traditional British Arthur is a much later imitation. Graham Anderson examines hitherto neglected evidence fro two much older Arthur figures, known to classical writers as early kings of Arcadia and Lydia, who supposedly flourished more than a millennium earlier than traditional accounts suggest. He outlines the correspondence between these acient kings and the traditional Arthurian characters and adventures, exhuming an ancient Gawain-figure, an ancient Lady of Shalott and a predecessor of Excalibur. These earlier Arthurs indicate a wide range of traditional features already in place: hero of 'bear's son' type, rescuer of damsels in distress, transmitter of devine agriculture, 'greates of knights', founder of a 'Table', king and national icon, and survivor after death. We also learn that the wider world of Welsh tales and French romances is already anticipated in our earliest Arthurian materials. This radical reassessment of the Arthurian legends provides a nes perspective on an age-old historical puzzle and will provoke debate amongst Classical and Medieval scholars and Arthurian enthusiasts. (Publisher's information). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 26140
This original and compelling study argues against the traditional identification of Arthur as a king in Celtic Britain. Instead, Graham Anderson explores the evidence for two much older figures, known to classical writers as kings of Arcadia and Lydia, over a millenium before.
He shows how these kings can be clearly connected with traditional Arthurian characters and adventure, including an ancient Gawain, a Lady of Shallott, and a predecessor of Excalibur, and shows that the Arthurian universe found in Welsh tales and French romances is already anticipated in these earliest of Arthurian materials.
This radical reassessment of the Arthurian legends provides a new perspective on on age-old historical puzzle, and will provoke debate amongst Classical and Medieval scholars and Arthurian enthusiasts.
Über den Autor: Graham Anderson is Professor of Classics at the University of Kent and the author of Fairytale in the Ancient World (2000).
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