Baldr and Iraj: Murdered and avenged

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Comparing the Old Norse myth about Baldr with the Persian Iraj story, this essay deals with methodological considerations about comparativism and structural models as heuristic tools for reconstructing ancient traditions. The essay points to common aspects of the narratives focusing on familial relationships among the gods, which are analyzed by using a two-eras model (involving old gods and young gods) focusing on murder, revenge and avengers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOld Norse Mythology-Comparative Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationPapers from the Harvard mythology Conference October/November 2013
EditorsJens Peter Schjødt, Pernille Hermann, Stephen A. Mitchell
Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
PublisherHarvard University Press
ISBN (Print)9780674975699
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference - Harvard University, United States
Duration: 30 Oct 20131 Nov 2013

Publication series

NamePublications of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature


ConferenceAarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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