Forgotten Connections: Implicit and Explicit Uses of Classical Scholarship in the Comparisons of Sir William Jones’s On the Gods of Greece, Italy, and India (1784)

  • Sebastiaan Godefridus Clercx Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Berlin
Palabras clave: Recepción clásica, historia de los estudios clásicos, mitología comparada, François Pomey, Sir William Jones

Resumen

Este artículo trata sobre el filólogo, abogado y (proto-)indólogo Sir WilliamJones (1746-1794) y, en particular, sobre su introductorio ensayo en India On the Gods of Greece, Italy, and India redactado en 1784. No sólo se centra en cómo elaboró su comparación de la mitología greco-romana y la hindú, sino también tiene en cuenta la tradición académica de reinterpretar la mitología en un contexto bíblico. Aunque esta tradición venía haciéndose desde hace siglos, la inclusión de la mitología hindú dio un empuje a los estudios comparativos europeos. Para comprender sus métodos y heurística, este artículo investiga tres ejemplos del ensayo (Saturn-Manu-Noah, Minos-Manu y Dionysus-Rāma- Raamah), y cómo Jones los redactó, utilizando el tesauro mitológico el Pantheum del jesuita François Pomey.

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