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On the Ossetic Legend about Art&#0146awyz

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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.

Affiliations: 1: Arya International University, Yerevan


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