Prolegomena Zu Einer Wissenschaftlichen Mythologie (Paperback)(German)
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Short Description for Prolegomena Zu Einer Wissenschaftlichen Mythologie This pioneering 1825 publication was one of the earliest scholarly books on the origins, nature and interpretation of Greek myths.
- Published: 02 December 2010
- Format: Paperback 456 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781108016681 ISBN 10: 1108016685
Full description for Prolegomena Zu Einer Wissenschaftlichen Mythologie
This pioneering work by the influential German classicist Karl Ottfried Muller (1797-1840) was one of the earliest scholarly books to address the question of the origins and meaning of the Greek myths. Published in Gottingen in 1825, it proposes a definition of 'myth' and goes on to suggest how possible sources for myths might be identified in historical events. Muller discusses how the age of particular myths might be established, either from the dates of such events, or from datable references to the myths in literary sources, and how the original substance of a myth might be distinguished from later accretions or modifications in poetry and prose. He also considers the interpretation of myths and their symbolic functions. Muller concludes with examples of how his method might be applied to particular cases, and a chapter comparing his proposals with those of other scholars.