epics comparison

Lars Martin Fosse l.m.fosse at internet.no
Thu Jun 5 07:52:06 UTC 1997

At 22:06 4.06.97 BST, you wrote:
>Dear Indologists: I have been reading a translation of the Ramayana
>lately, and I am quite familiar with the Greek epics, THe Illiad and
>Odyssey. Has anyone done much in the way of a serious comparison of the
>two sets of epics? (Ramayana and Mahabarata vs. Illiad and Odyssey). I
>know Toynbee sees epics as the result of a certain stage in the
>distintegration of a civilization, but I am thinking more about a more
>specific comparison of the two sets of epics. I came across a reference
>to a bow that was difficult to bend in the Ramayana (Shiva's bow), and
>got to thinking of Odysseus' bow, and then to the comparison in
>general.Any thoughts or r eferences? Thanks in advance.  Randy Groves,
>Associate Prof. Of Humanities, Ferris State University

You may want to read: Christophe Vielle: Le mytho-cycle heroique dans l'aire
indo-europeenne. Correspondances et transformations helleno-aryennes.
(Publications de l'Institut de Louvain). Louvain-la-Neuve 1996.

Best regards,

Lars Martin Fosse

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