Georges Dumézil


Born
in Paris, France
March 04, 1898

Died
October 11, 1986

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Georges Dumézil was a French comparative philologist best known for his analysis of sovereignty and power in Proto-Indo-European religion and society. He is considered one of the major contributors to mythography, in particular for his formulation of the trifunctional hypothesis of social class in ancient societies.

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Gods Of The Ancient Northmen

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Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on T...

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Mythe et Épopée I. II. III.

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Il libro degli Eroi

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Loki

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The Destiny of a King

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The Stakes of the Warrior

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“In short, the game is split in two, and it takes two floors of the great casino that is our world. The game has already been played, quickly and silently, in the invisible realm that communicates with our world only by oracles, signs, and dreams of premonition. It is also going to be played out, wordy and futile, on the earth, in prison, between two men.”
Georges Dumézil, The Riddle of Nostradamus: A Critical Dialogue

“And you yourselves, ruling over your billions of neurons, what do you know about the impression of unity that is no more to be scorned than the rest of your experience? Listen, to be honest, I have the impression of living in a perpetual, universal fairyland, where things that can be explained are the exception. It seems to me that the normal is to the marvelous as the circle is to the ellipse: a specific instance, skimpy and impoverished, gutted of everything that makes conics powerful. Your ordinary trigonometry looks great next to these two focal points, the sine and cosine — both elliptical — whose relationship can only be expressed in a formula if you dare write in a little 'i', the sign of an imaginary number whose content you cannot imagine. Is the square root of -1 any more rational or thinkable than the action of a god on your soul? Both are proven by their effectiveness.”
Georges Dumézil, The Riddle of Nostradamus: A Critical Dialogue

“Many stubborn errors of assertion and denial, he went on, are the result of some good minds in each generation having claimed to do the work of twenty or a hundred and claiming, at the same time, that they have put their finger on the "heart of the matter.”
Georges Dumézil, The Riddle of Nostradamus: A Critical Dialogue

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