By Martin Persson Nilsson
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The most dtstinguished mythographer of our time, the late C. Robert, has recently published three parts of his great work, Die gr~ec"tsclle Heldensage (the fonrth 1S forthcoming), a fresh treatment of the material designed to supersede PreUer's Griecllische JvIytholog~e, vol. it His Otdipus (19l5), in which he investigates the development of a smgle legend in literature and art, is a model piece of research, so far as it deals with the ongin of the myth, r am, however, not able 'to agree with him.
Nilsson, op. , PP. 426 et seq. BSA, xiv, 1908, pp. 108 et seq. 3 A. W. Persson, Der Ursprllng det eleusiniscllen Mysterkn, ARw, XXI, Ig:ZZ, pp. 287 et seq. t 2 Mi,Jtoan-Mycenaean Religio1~ 3! On the strength of the comparison with Magna Mater, at whose side her youthful lover Attis stands, it is generally believed that the Minoan Nature-goddess too had a youthful paramour. But certain indications seem to me to point to quite another and a peculiar idea. No Greek myth is so curious as the story of the birth of Zeus.
Reinach, Cultes, Mythes et Religions, ii, p 270; Repertoil'c des vases prints. i, p. 1. 3 P. Kretschmer in Aus del' Anomta (1890), pp. 17 et seq. ~ J. Kell in Wiener Eranos (19°9). pp. 102 et seq. M inoan-il1yceuaea1t Religton 33 Mother of the Mountains, who b related to the Minoan Nature-goddess. and the indigenous population of Western Asia Mmor was akm to the Minoans. The god who is born annually dies annually. Accordingly Dionysos died and was buried at DelphI, and Zeus in Crete, and the tomb of Hyakinthos was shown at Sparta and at Tarentum.
A History of Greek Religion by Martin Persson Nilsson