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How to Kill a Dragon Aspects of Indo-European Poetics

by Calvert Watkins

  • ISBN: 9780195144130
  • ISBN10: 0195144139

How to Kill a Dragon Aspects of Indo-European Poetics

by Calvert Watkins

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780195144130
  • ISBN10: 0195144139
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Description: ABSTRACTS OF INDO-EUROPEAN POLITICS I. The Field of Comparative Poetics: Introduction and Background 1. The comparative method in linguistic and poetics 2. Sketch for a history of Indo-European politics 3. Poetics as grammar: Typology of poetic devices, and some rules of poetic grammar 4. Poetics as repertory: The poetic traditions of the Indo-European world -- sources and texts 5. The Indo-European poet: His social function and his art 6. The poet's truth: The power, particularly, and preservation of the word II. Case Studies 7. Greece and the art of the world 8. Vedic India and the art of the world 9. Ireland and the art of the syllable 10. Saxa loquuntur: The first age of poetry in Italy -- Faliscan and South Picene 11. Most ancient Indo-Europeans 12. The comparison of formulaic sequences 13. An Indo-European stylistic figure 14. A late Indo-European traditional epithet 15. An Indo-European theme and formula: Imperishable fame 16. The hidden track of the cow: Obscure styles in Indo-European III. The Strophic Style: An Indo-European Poetic Form 17. Some Indo-European prayers: Cato's lustration of the fields 18. Umbria: The Tales of Iguvium 19. Italy and India: The elliptic offering 20. Strophic structures as "rhythmic prose"? Italic 21. Strophic structures in Iranian 22. 'Truth of Truth', 'most kavi of kavis', 'throng-lord of throngs': An Indo-Iranian stylistic figure 23. More strophic structures 24. Early Irish rosc 25. The Asvamedha or Horse Sacrifice: An Indo-European Liturgical form 26. Orphic gold leaves and the great way of the soul: Strophic style, funerary ritual formula, and eschatology HOW TO KILL A DRAGON IN INDO-EUROPEAN: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEORY OF THE FORUMLA IV. The Basic Forumla and Its Variants in the Narration of the Myth 27. Preliminaries 28. The root *guhen-: Vedic han- 29. The root *guhen-: Avestan jan- 30. The root *guhen-: Hittite kuen- and the Indo-European theme and formula 31. The slayer slain: A reciprocal forumla 32. First variant: The root *uedh- 33. 'Like a reed': The Indo-European background of a Luvian ritual 34. Second variant: the root *terh2- 35. Latin tarentum, the ludi saeculares, and Indo-European eschatology 36. The myth of Greece: Variations on the formula and theme 37. Expansion of the forumla: A recursive formulaic figure 38. Herakles, the formulaic hero 39. Hermes, Enualios, and Lukoworgos: The Serpent-slayer and the Man-slayer 40. Nektar and the adversary Death 41. The saga of Iphitos and the hero as monster 42. The name of Meleager 43. The Germanic world 44. Thor's hammer and the mace of Contract V. Some Indo-European Dragons and Dragon-Slayers 45. Fergus mae Leti and the muirdris 46. Typhoeus and the Illuyankas 47. Python and Ahi Budhnya, the Serpent of the Deep 48. Azi dahaka, Visvarupa, and Greyon VI. From Myth to Epic 49. From God to hero: The formulaic network in Greek 50. The best of the Achaeans 51. To be the death of: Transformation of the formula 52. The forumla without the word: A note on Euripides and Lysias 53. The basic forumla and the announcement of death 54. Further Indo-European comparisons and themes 55. The song of victory in Greek VII. From Myth to Charm 56. From dragon to worm 57. The charms of Indo-European 58. Indo-European medical doctrine 59. The poet as healer
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