Posts Tagged by Indo-Eurepean oral tradition
|December 17, 2015||Filled under Book Club, Featured||
I will proclaim to the world the deeds of Gilgamesh. This was the man to whom all things were known; this was the king who knew the countries of the world.
He was wise, he saw mysteries and knew secret things, he brought us a tale of the days before the flood.
|October 31, 2015||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
We were delighted to welcome Olga M. Davidson for a CHS Open House discussion during which she introducie the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, and his epic Shāhnāma.
She has argued that the heroic tradition of this epic is deeply ancient, stemming from Indo-European poetic traditions. A primary example is the great warrior Rostam, who upholds Iranian kingship while at the same time posing a threat to kings who prove unworthy of the crown.