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Prolegomena zu einer Wissenschaftlichen Mythologie


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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108016681


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  • This pioneering work by the influential German classicist Karl Ottfried Müller (1797–1840) was one of the earliest scholarly books to address the question of the origins and meaning of the Greek myths. Published in Göttingen in 1825, it proposes a definition of 'myth' and goes on to suggest how possible sources for myths might be identified in historical events. Müller 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. Müller concludes with examples of how his method might be applied to particular cases, and a chapter comparing his proposals with those of other scholars.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108016681
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Der äussere Begriff des Mythus
    2. Schritte zum innern Begriffe
    3. Von den Quellen der Mythen oder vielmehr unsrer Kenntniss von denselben
    4. Von den Quellen der Mythen selbst oder von der Entstehung derselben
    5. Ueber die bestimmung des Alters eines Mythus nach der Erwähnung desselben in Schriftstellern
    6. Bestimmung des Alters von Mythen nach historischen Ereignissen
    7. Ausdehnung dieses Verfahrens bis in die mythische Zeit
    8. Ueber das Alter der Hauptmasse der Mythen
    9. Ungefähre Bestimmung der Zeit, in welcher die Mythenbildung thätig zu sein aufhörte
    Anhang zu K.9 ueber die astronomischen Mythen
    10. Wie der Mythus von dessen Bearbeitung durch Dichter und Schriftsteller zu scheiden sei
    11. Wie der mythische Stoff in seine ursprünglichen Bestandtheile aufzulösen sei
    12. Hülfs- und Lehnsätze über den Gottesdienst und die Symbolik der Griechen
    13. Ueber die Mythendeutung selbst
    14. Beispiele des angegebnen Verfahrens
    15. Vergleichung andrer Ansichten mit den dargelegten
    Anhang zu den Prolegomenen
    Zusätze, Erklärungen und Verbesserungen zu den Geschichten Hellen. Stämme Bd.2.3.

  • Author

    Carl Otfried Müller

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