The Mountain in Labour: A Possible Graeco-Anatolian Myth

Almut Fries

Abstract


The Graeco-Latin proverb and fable of the ‘mountain that gives birth to a mouse’, with Athenaeus’ version in which Zeus expresses fear at the impending birth, can be connected with the motif of the ‘mountain in labour’ of the Hurro-Hittite Kumarbi Cycle.


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