Dumezil, the dog and the javelin. A myth of transference

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Abstract

The myth of the transmission of Cephalus' and Procris's magical hunting implements (javelin and dog) is attested to almost exclusively in post-classical literature. So far, analyses have focused on a few specific issues of this myth, and more particularly on interpretations currently addressing the 'morphology 'rather than the 'syntax' of the tales. Yet, viewed in its complete form, the transmission of the dog and javelin shows a sort of mediation and communication between the three categories of Indo-European religious ideology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-492
JournalRevue des Etudes Anciennes
Volume108
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

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