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Department of the Study of Religions

Jordan Lectures 2014 – A New Approach to Mythology: Historical Comparative Mythology

Michael Witzel (Harvard University)

Date: 12 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 12 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

Series: Jordan Lectures In Comparative Religion

In this presentation I offer a general introduction to my book "The origins of the world's mythologies"  (OUP 2012). I will discuss and problematize the new method employed: a combination of a comparative and an historical approach that leads to recurrent reconstructions of increasingly earlier mythologies. As such, the proposed approach is parallel to those in linguistics, stemmatics, paleontology and genetics.

Organiser: Dr Peter Flügel

Contact email: pf8@soas.ac.uk