Neil Price (Uppsala University), Old Norse Religion: Origins and Comparisons with Greek Mythology
The religions of Viking-Age Scandinavia and Classical Greece are both among the
best-known of all world mythologies. At first glance, Northern gods such as Odin,
Thor, and Freyja might seem to have little in common with the residents of Mount
Olympus, but in fact there are many points of comparison – ranging from basic
similarities to features so similar as to suggest an actual connection. This talk
explores and compares the details of these spiritual traditions - from the origins of
the cosmos in a void of chaos, to the three women who spun the fates of humans –
and poses the deeper question of where, when, and how such links might have arisen.
The event will take place in a hybrid format, at the Swedish Institute at Athens with limited live participation and via zoom link. To register (mandatory), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those joining the seminar at the Institute, coffee is served from 16.30.