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Description - From Scythia to Camelot by C. Scott Littleton

This work challenges scholarly wisdom concerning the origins of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. The authors assert that the Arthurian and Holy Grail traditions did not derive from Celtic folklore and mythology, but rather from the folklore and mythology of the peoples of ancient Scythia (modern South Russia and Ukrainian Steppes). The authors argue that this folklore was carried to Britain and Gaul from the Steppes by Alan and Sarmatian tribes during the final days of the Roman Empire. They also demonstrate that several key figures in the legends, including the Fisher King and the Maimed Kings are based on historical individuals who lived during the early years of the 5th century. This book presents an analysis of the origins and developments of the Athurian legends.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815335665
ISBN-10: 0815335660
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - C. Scott Littleton

C. Scott Littleton is professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of numerous books and articles on comparative Indo-European mythology, including the The New Comparative Anthology: An Anthropological Assesment of the Theories of Georges Dumezil (3rg Edition, 1982). He has also published extensively on Japanese Mythology and Folklore. Linda A. Malcor is a California-based free-lance writer and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and occassionally teaches and lectures on the Arthurian legends. In addition to scholarly publications, she writes fantasy fiction and screenplays.