The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology (Forgotten Books)

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"This is a study of the origins of classical Greek mythology in the Mycenaean era, which preceded the era of Homer, Hesiod and the dramatists by several hundred years, separated by a dark age. In the 19th century, the 'Comparative' school explained Greek mythology in terms of parallels with other mythologies such as the Celtic, Germanic and Indian. This was counterpoised by a 'Euhemerist' school, which tried to find historical basis for all mythological incidents. Nilsson, who wrote in the mid-20th century, steered between these two schools, instead looking for historic and prehistoric evidence for the evolution of the Greek mythological cycles, particularly attempting to match up archaeological evidence of Mycenaean occupation with localized myths such as the Theseus, the Thebes myths, Heracles and Mount Olympus." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

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Publisher's Preface; How Old Is Greek Mythology?; Mycenaean Centers And Mythological Centers; Heracles; Olympus; Endnotes

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

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"Martin Persson Nilsson was a Swedish philologist, a mythographer who specialised in Greek mythology and a historian of religion. In his prolific studies he combined the literary evidence with the archaeological evidence, linking historic and prehistoric evidence for the evolution of the Greek mythological cycles.
Beginning in 1900 as a tutor at the University of Lund, he was appointed Secretary to the Swedish Archaeological Commission working in Rhodes, in 1905. In 1909 he was appointed Professor of Ancient Greek, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund. Later, Nilsson was Secretary of the Royal Society of Letters in Lund and an Associate of the Koniglich Schwedischen Akademie der Literatur, Geschichts- und Altertumsforschung, in Stockholm. In 1924 he was made a corresponding associate of the Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. In 1939-40 he visited the United States." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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