Northern Parallels to the Death of Pan

Northern Parallels to the Death of Pan

by Archer Taylor
Northern Parallels to the Death of Pan

Northern Parallels to the Death of Pan

by Archer Taylor


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In Northern Parallels to the Death of Pan, Archer Taylor identifies over two hundred variants of Plutarch’s tale of the death of Pan.
“I shall endeavor to illustrate the more clearly marked groups into which they subdivide themselves and to point out the special characteristics of each group. By this method it will be possible to show that the story has undergone many local modifications and that it enters, in one region or another, into a surprising variety of combinations with other, unrelated themes. . . . I begin with the tales which have the simplest form and pass on to the more involved combinations. Two distinct types of the story and one tale, which has some obscure connection with it, are treated in this fashion. The first type is represented by those stories in which the actors possess human form, and the second by those in which the actors are cats. Finally, a tale which deals with news of a fire is considered briefly.”
Archer Taylor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888215731
Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Archer Taylor (August 1, 1890-September 30, 1973). Taylor earned his PhD at Harvard. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis 1915-25, University of Chicago 1925-39 and University of California, Berkeley 1939-58. Taylor published The Proverb (1931), its Index (1934) and Bibliography of Riddles (1939). Archer Taylor and Bartlett Jere Whiting published A Dictionary of American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, 1820-1880 (1958). He wrote A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies (1955) and General Subject-Indexes Since 1548 (1966). His library is at University of Georgia, except his ballad collection at University of California, Berkeley. More information at
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