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« Reply #4: August 01, 2010, 11:00:23 pm »

Indeed.  One of the reader comments mentions that it doesn't cite sources

It does cite sources, actually; I'm reading it right now. It is one of the books on the ADF booklist, which is why I requested a discussion thread. Smiley

But yes, it cites sources (Puhvel was a classics/Indo-European studies professor at UCLA, I doubt they'd have let him get away with a book with no scholarship behind it!), though the majority of the sources are the texts of the myths themselves and people like Tacitus. Not too many modern sources, though I remember seeing at least a couple cited in the introductory chapters. He uses some type of APA sort of citation rather than footnotes, though, and for some reason I don't get (publishing error, maybe?) there's no bibliography in the copy I'm reading, so I could see where the confusion would come in.

I am not very far along in the book yet, so I can't really address the other criticisms, aside from confirming that he does compare the common threads/possible common origins in myths from IE cultures. But I'm just past the introduction, so I'm not sure yet how far he goes in comparing them (or whether he goes into "all myths are one myth" territory or not).

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