Paper Information

Journal:   MYTHO-MYSTIC LITERATURE JOURNAL (PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE JOURNAL)   FALL 2017 , Volume 13 , Number 48 #F0059; Page(s) 159 To 196.
 
Paper: 

THE TALE OF EUHEMERUS AND EUHEMERISM

 
 
Author(s):  SHAMISA SIROUS, SARRAF SHOOBANEH*
 
* ALLAMEH TABATABA'I UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

One of the oldest and most important schools in mythology, without doubt, is Euhemerism which considers myths as distorted accounts of historical events. Although, for a long time, this theory has had many supporters in Iran, there has been little research attempted on it. In the present article, we examine the history of Euhemerism from the time of publication of Euhemerus’s Sacred History in 300 BC to the 18th century when it became an established school in mythology. We demonstrate how and why Euhemerus's point of view, a theory about ancient gods, has gradually turned into a school of thought in modern mythology. In this regard, we utilize original texts and have translated a part of Sacred History to Persian. Finally, we attempt to find reflections of Euhemerus's work in Persian literature and to show that a part of Kush-nama can be considered as an adaptation of his work.

 
Keyword(s): EUHEMERISM, EUHEMERUS, SACRED HISTORY, MYTHOLOGY, CHRONICLE, KUSH-NAMEH
 
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