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Exposure, myths and legends of
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There are many peoples around the world with examples of myths and legends of exposure in their history; they differ very little in terms of structure, particularly in the case of the myths regarding origins or derivations from animals, which are very widespread in European and Asian peoples. In these myths the progenitor, the first king or the hero of a tribe is either himself the offspring of an animal (often of a wolf) or is suckled by an animal (most often a wolf or dog). Myth…

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Oswald, Renate (Graz), “Exposure, myths and legends of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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