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Bibil Identifier bibil:224324
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Silver': A Hurrian Phaethon
Author James, Peter
Author van der Sluijs, Marinus Anthony
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 12, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 237-251 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is proposed that the story of the Hurrian deity 'Silver', as portrayed in the Late Bronze Age Song of Silver, is a plausible precursor to the classical myth of Phaethon. Shared motifs include the teasing of the young hero, the revelation by his mother of his father's divine identity, a temporary assumption of power in heaven, a clash with the god of thunder, a disastrous episode involving the Sun and the Moon, and an etymology meaning `radiance'. As the Phaethon myth also seems to contain Semitic elements, it is argued that the source of the classical story was the region of northern Phoenicia to Cilicia, or Cyprus.
DOI 10.1163/15692124-12341239
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Hurrians : Literature
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Literature : Myths and Narratives
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Mythology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Lands of the Levant (in general) : Literature : Myths and Narratives
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