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Hopkins Joseph S Germanic Mythology N Sphere July 2012

Hopkins Joseph S Germanic Mythology N Sphere July 2012

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JOSEPH S.HOPKINS
So you've heard of Zeus the Thunderer, presiding over Mount Olympus. And perhaps you've read a thing or two about one of his daughters, the virginal, owl-eyed Athena, or her half-brother, the willowy, ferocious Dionysus. Maybe you pass a statue of hat-ted Hermes every day, or perhaps now and then you see a paint-ing of nude Aphrodite. It is likely that you have heard a fair amount about these gods and their doings, and something or another about the synthesis of Greek deities into the empire of Rome. Much are the Greek gods celebrated in west-ern culture; they are so ingrained in modern Western Culture that the word
mythology
 often simply refers to the deities of the Greeks and Romans.But what about the gods native to the Germanic peoples, those peoples so greatly responsible for shaping modern Europe, those that were just as responsible for the foundation of what we now know as the Western world? Who were these deities native to the linguistic ancestors of such impor-tant modern languages as English, German, and the languages of
GermanicMythology. A (Very) Brief Intro-duction

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