Was ist Gerechtigkeit? Mit dieser Frage haben sich Gesellschaften über Jahrtausende hinweg beschäftigt. Daher überrascht es nicht, dass sich auch Aristoteles Gedanken hierzu gemacht hat und in mehreren seiner Werke versucht hat Gerechtigkeit, oder vielmehr, die verschiedenen Arten von Gerechtigkeit, zu definieren und einen Weg zu finden, wie Gesellschaften als Ganze und Individuen im Einzelnen … Continue reading Der Begriff der Gerechtigkeit und seine besondere Rolle in der aristotelischen Ethik
Last year around this time I've posted a little update in regards to what is going on with the blog at the moment and I thought now would be a good time to repeat this. As you may have noticed there hasn't been a whole lot of new content added to the website in recent … Continue reading 2021 Update
The origins of the High German Consonant Shift which defined the modern German language.
For quite some time now I've been trying to research the origins and early history of the Balts and the Slavs, both of which I count among my ancestors. Not only this, but as many of the readers of this blog surely know, the websites current logo is a Slavic version of the Indo-European Sun … Continue reading Research on the Baltic and Slavic Peoples
Eine Darstellung und Kritik der lateinischen, nordetruskischen und Phönizischen Thesen zum Ursprung der ältesten germanischen Runen, dem älteren Futhark.
A great article by Dr. Jackson Crawford about the Germanic/Icelandic inspiration for the Star Wars Saga.
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Earlier this week I was drawn into an enlightening discussion with my colleague Ben Frey about the complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son. Below I present some remarks on the Old Icelandic version of the legend, with some spare comparative notes on the cognate traditions in other old Germanic languages.
The story as presented in George Lucas’s films represents only one manuscript tradition, and a rather late and corrupt one at that – the Middle High German epic called Himelgengærelied (Song of the Skywalkers). There is also an Old High German palimpsest known to scholars, later overwritten by a Latin choral and only partly legible to us…
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Much of the content on this website revolves around the Proto-Indo-Europeans and their descendant peoples, the Indo-Europeans. A couple of months ago I made it a priority to write a few introductionary articles on the Proto-Indo-Europeans themselves, their mythology and their languages, to make the topic more accessible and understandable to a wider audience. Now, … Continue reading Update on ‘The Indo-European Languages’
After some consideration I will start publishing posts in my native language and the language of my studies. When I started this blog it was aimed at an international audience and it definitely still is, but I have recently noticed an increase in activity from German-speaking countries and came to the conclusion that some of … Continue reading European Origins in German
Someone asked this on Quora and Oscar Tay gave a fascinating answer. The oldest recorded word In English is Gægogæ mægæ medu. The Undley Bracteate In 1982, a farmer in Undley Common, Suffolk, England, was walking across his field when he came across a fantastic bit of history: The Undley Bracteate, an Anglo-Saxon medallion dating … Continue reading What Is the Oldest English Word?
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The mythical runes of the Vikings have fascinated many throughout the centuries. In some areas of Scandinavia they remained in use until as late as the 17th century. But where did they originally come from? A comparison of the Latin, North Etruscan and Phoenician Theses of the origin of the runes.
Many European Nations today claim Celtic heritage. But where did their ancestors originally come from? A comparison of the linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence.
As promised in last weeks article, I've been updating a few of my older posts, such as this one: Apart from this I've added a table of contents with links to the different sub-chapters to articles over 5 minutes reading time for easier access and navigation. I've also started work on a new, more in … Continue reading Update on the Ancient Italic Peoples
This is just a little update on the blog and what's been happening with it over the last few weeks. After running European Origins for almost a year and having had a blog prior to this I decided to dedicate to this website, more so than I have done in the past. I purchased the … Continue reading Thank You!
The myths and legends of the Proto-Indo-Europeans have influenced the world like no other be it through the great Greek Classics, the Icelandic Sagas or the Indian Vedas. But what exactly did they themselves believe in and how did they practice their faith?
A great article on a classic of Old English Literature by Kristyn J. Miller.
Epic poems have incredible staying power both as literary achievements and as historical resources. The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is one of the foremost examples of this. Despite its mythological themes, the story offers historians a rare insight into Anglo-Saxon ideals of masculinity, heroism, and society. At the same time, it presents literary scholars with a wellspring of opportunities to analyze symbolism and metaphor, as well as a look at the progression of our literary language.
Within the literary sphere, modern Beowulf criticism finds its origins in J.R.R. Tolkien. In his 1936 lecture at Oxford University, later transcribed as an essay, Tolkien argued:
I have read enough, I think, to venture the opinion that Beowulfiana is, while rich in many departments, specially poor in one. It is poor in criticism, criticism that is directed to the understanding of a poem as a poem.
The essay goes on to reaffirm the value…
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An intersting article about the Divine Twins, two of the most fascinating deities of Indo-European Mythology, by arya-akasha.
A short introduction to the Proto-Indo-Europeans, featuring questions regarding their homeland, their daily lives, how their society worked, what they believed in and how they spread across all of Eurasia.
How come that languages all across Eurasia use similar words for such essential concepts like family relations, flora and fauna and even God's and Doddesses? The answer lies in the prehistoric migrants of a people known as the Proto-Indo-Europeans.
Ragnarok describes the end of the world in Norse Mythology. Or does it really? Not only the world itself is reborn after its destruction, but one of the gods as well. Could this be an indication for reincarnation in Germanic myth or perhaps even evidence for a pan-Indo-European phenomenon of rebirth?
An overview of the Indo-European languages, including the Anatolian, Indo-Aryan, Hellenic, Celto-Italic, Balto-Slavic and Germanic languages.
My post on the Irish goddess Airmid provoked a discussion on whether the Tuatha de Danann were really deities, or just heroic individuals. The answer, of course, depends on who you ask.The Ambiguous Status of the Tuatha De Danann This post is a repost. For more information click the link above.
Ancient Sparta is known for its exceptionally tough and militaristic society. But where did it come from? The answer may lie within Proto-Indo-European society.
Report on the ‘Martin Burr Fund’ grant offered for a monograph on the Norse God Loki written by Riccardo Ginevra (Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University) The historical and comparative approach to Indo-European poetic language and myth has developed greatly in the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the efforts of, among […]How … Continue reading How linguistics helps us reconstruct ancient fire mythology — The Philological Society Blog
As it has been a while since I announced the article about Subsistence Work in Hunter-Gatherer societies I thought that it's time for a general update. Unfortunately this project wasn't approved by my University and thus it had to be postponed indefinitely. I am still planning on writing and publishing at least a short article … Continue reading Update: Subsistence Work of Hunter-Gatherers and New Project
The Proto-Indo-Europeans had a vast amount of myths and legends revolving around a unique Pantheon of deities. Whilst these gods and goddesses are confined to the past in Europe, some of them have survived in Asia.
How to spend your time productively during lockdown if you're into history.
All societies have their own, unique story of creation, some of which we may be more familiar with than others. The ancient Greeks believed that in the beginning there was Chaos, the Norse that there was Ginnungagap, 'the big gap' of nothingness between the forces of fire and ice. But what if these myths, together with a few others across the Eurasian continent, had a common, Proto-Indo-European origin?
Western society is often thought of as profoundly patriarchal, capitalist and power hungry, as has been shown multiple times throughout history. But how deep these traits run within our ancestry has only come to light within the last few decades with the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European society.
The issue of consciousness and how to define it has been the topic of much debate over millennia and many different points of view from the fields of science, philosophy, spiritualism and religion have been proposed through the ages. Nowadays it is safe to say that more people than ever believe in materialism, that is … Continue reading The Biggest Scientific Study on “Consciousness after clinical death” yet