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Marohnić, Jelena. (2010). The birds of Diomedes. Vjesnik za arheologiju i povijest dalmatinsku, 103(1). pp. 41-61. ISSN 1845-7789

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The myth of the birds of Diomedes is placed in the context of the Greek mythological system by way of a comparison with the myths of the birds of Meleager, Achilles and Memnon. The identifications of the Diomedean birds proposed in the scholarship are evaluated on the basis of the ornithological data about the more remote Adriatic islands. Reports of Greek sailors about two types of seabirds, the Scopoli’s shearwater and the northern gannet, probably fit into the myths of metamorphosis into birds at the time of mourning over a hero and thus the aetiological myth of birds emerged about the Diomedean shrine on Palagruža.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: island of Diomedes, Palagruža, mythology, Diomedes, Achilles, Memnon, Meleager, birds, Scopoli’s shearwater, northern gannet
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 11:58

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