On the Ossetic Legend about Art’awyz

in Iran and the Caucasus
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Abstract

The Ossetic legend about Art&#0146awyz belongs to the well-known Prometheus cycle. It is a marginal mythological episode, recorded only in a single version in South Ossetia. It bears a close resemblance to the Armenian story about Artawazd, a mythical hero from the same Prometheus cycle, attested in Xorenac&#0145i and in the later Armenian tradition. The author tries to show that the Ossetic and Armenian legends are actually two versions of a single saga (with further transformation of the &#0147Scythian&#0148 (Ossetic) version on the Caucasian substratum), a common heritage of a lasting or a short-time Armenian-Scythian (Alanian) symbiosis in prehistoric period, presumably during the inroads of the Scythians to Armenia and to the South Caucasus.

On the Ossetic Legend about Art’awyz

in Iran and the Caucasus

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