Comparative and Historical Mythology

October 2010

This exploratory seminar presents an innovative approach to mythology by combining the comparative and the historical study of worldwide mythologies. Beyond comparing our oldest, 5,000-year-old written mythological sources with worldwide myths, and reconstructing increasingly older levels of myths, there looms the enticing outlook of ultimately reaching tales of the African Eve. The project is additionally supported by the parallel results of comparative linguistics, archaeology, and human population genetics. Bringing together a community of scholars and local graduates, we will explore, discuss, and criticize the proposed new—and some older—approaches of comparative mythology.