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For further discussion of the three spolia opima vis--vis the Pre-Capitoline triad, and interpretation of Festus remarks, see ARR: He ordered the Flamines to travel to her shrine in a hooded carriage drawn by a twin team, and to sacrice with the hand covered right up to the ngers, signifying that Faith must be kept inviolate and that her seat is sacred even [hidden] within the right hand. The Flamines who conduct this archaic ritual are not specied. Livys silence on their identity, however, comes directly after his attributing to Numa the founding of the oces of the three Flamines Maiores; this concatenation almost certainly reveals the ociating clergy to have been those three major prieststhe Flamines of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus.

The archaic nature of Fides ritual is assured by an Umbrian parallel. He shall sacrice with mead, perform [the sacrice] upon the ground, oer grain, recite the same formulas as before the Trebulan Gate, pray silently, have a maniple folded double upon his right hand, and add to the parts cut o a cla cake and a strusla cake.

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The god to whom the Umbrian priest oers this sacrice, Fisus Sancius, has a name which is clearly etymologically linked to that of Latin Fides and is then transparently a protector of oaths and solemn pledges see Poultney ; see also Boyle and Woodard Their name is derived from salire to dance, and they were famed in antiquity for their dancing promenades around Rome, performed as they sang their ancient songs, the Carmina Saliaria.

These hymns are composed in Saturnian verse and preserve a form of Latin so archaic that, writes Quintilian Inst. As they dance the priests carry copies of the ancile which had fallen to earth in Numas reign the archaic-style shield; see Boyle and Woodard Dionysius of Halicarnassus describes both their performance and their dress Ant.

Plutarch, Numa The priests dance and leap about individually and in unison, and to the accompaniment of a ute they sing their archaic songs. They wear embroidered tunics with wide bronze belts, covered by scarlet-striped robes edged in purple. Tall cone-shaped hats top their heads. A sword hangs from the bronze belt, a spear is held in the right hand, and the ancile is fastened to the left arm. The sodality of the Salii is attested in numerous Italian cities. At Rome the Salii are of two types. Twelve of the priests constitute the Salii Palatini, that body said to have been established by Numa, and are priests of Mars.

A second twelve form the Salii Agonales or Salii Collini. In his commentary on Virgils Aeneid, Servius takes note of the Salii. By at least the third millennium BC, the peoples of the early Indo-European communitynow splintered into daughter cultureshad begun to spread across the European continent and to push deep into Asia. With them they brought their age-old ideas about the gods and the On the Proto-Indo-European community, its early descendent cultures, and their geographic spread, see, inter alia, Mallory ; Meier-Brgger The archaic triad composed of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, Dumzil discerned, is the Roman inheritance of a tripartite division of divine society that characterized Proto-Indo-European theology.

Dumzils analytic framework for the elucidation of Proto-Indo-European society has already been mentioned see 1. In the course of a long and enormously productive research career, Dumzil developed and rened the notion that the distinctive feature of that society was its tripartite structure and ideology. The three distinct, hierarchically related elements shaping and dening Proto-Indo-European societythe three functions les trois fonctions are, to use their common shorthand denotations, that of the priests prtres; the rst function , that of the warriors guerriers; second function , and that of the producers producteurs; third function.

Dumzils rst function, the function of sovereign power, itself entails two ideological aspects les deux aspects de la premire fonction , one legal, the other magico-religious. These two aspects are embodied, for example, in divine pairs such as Mitra and Varua in the Rig Veda see 1. In his essay, Les trois fonctions sociales et cosmiques, Dumzil expounds on the rstfunction nuances:. Dumzils second function is that of physical power and might:. For Dumzil, the second function has a certain solitary character about it, though the great warrior is often accompanied by a warrior band.

When interfunctional relationships nd mythic expression, the second function typically distances itself from the rst function with an attitude of de Dumzil 96; the essay rst appeared in in the volume entitled LIdologie tripartie des Indo-Europens. In contrast, Dumzil surmised, the relationship of the second function to the third is one of dependence and a reciprocating, dutiful complicity. It is a diuse assemblage in comparison to functions one and two, and this heterogeneity has not gone unnoticed by Dumzils critics.

There are, however, common threads that interlace and draw together these various elements, Dumzil argues; the realm of the third function is that of fecundityfertility, fruitfulnessits conditions and its consequences: Il nest dailleurs pas besoin dun gros eort de rexion pour sentir ce qui relie fortement la fcondit des hommes, des animaux, des plantes ses conditions dune part la paix tranquille par opposition la guerre, la sexualit et tout son arsenal physique et psychologique, la sant et ses consquences dautre part la richesse sous toutes ses formes, le grand 21 nombre des possesseurs et des choses possdes.

Dumzil ;. And it is through these puriers, healers, and givers of substance that he either hopes to escape, and, in eect, does escape from the grievous consequences of his useful but blameworthy deeds, or to recover the forces he had lost because of a false allys duplicity. In other words, in these ambiguous situations the third functionitself paying no great attention to the rstis put, or puts itself, at the disposal of the second, in accordance with its rank and nature p. These remarks are found in his essay Les diverses fonctions dans la thologie, la mythologie et lpope, originally published in Dumzil This seems to have been overlooked or otherwise misunderstood by many of his critics, especially by classicists who focus on the study of Roman religion.

Religion and Law; 2. War; 3. Production, especially agricultural production. This was an enormously ambitious claim, and at rst 22 Dumzils theories drew very little acceptance. Enormously ambitious? Perhaps so, were this a careful statement of Dumzils research program, which, unfortunately, it is not. At what moment in its history the primitive Indo-European community began to see itself as structured in threes is unknownpossibly unknowable.

And at what point along the continuum of that history would one locate the original Indo-European people? More than that, where does Dumzil claim that it was the social divisions of the Indo-Europeans that gave birth to their trifunctional ideology? There is, however, more to Dumzil than tripartition, and tripartition is not unique to Dumzil. On the one side, as early as , the French linguist mile Benveniste had begun independently to explore and develop his own interpretation of Indo-European social classes.

The most succinct expression of Benvenistes conclusions is found in his masterly work treating primitive Indo-European economy, society, law, and religion, Le vocabulaire des institutions indo-europennes ; therein as earlier Benveniste argues for a similar hierarchically ordered, three-part social structure: 1. BNP, vol. This relationship between structure and ideology is a complex matter which has been admirably explored by N. Allen Par des sries parallles de termes dtymologie souvent parlante, mais dirents dune langue lautre, liranien, lindien, le grec et litalique attestent un commun hritage indo-europen: celui dune socit structure et hirarchise selon trois fonctions fondamentales, celles de 24 prtre, de guerrier, dagriculteur.

The structure is most readily perceived among the Indo-Iranian peoples, and indeed, in the research path followed by both Benveniste and Dumzil,25 the reconstruction of an ancestral structure was rst projected to Proto-Indo-Iranian society see Benveniste ; Dumzil b. Cette division qui embrasse la totalit des hommes est-elle limite la socit indo-iranienne? Benveniste asks rhetorically in his great synthetic work of vol. De fait, elle a laiss ailleurs des traces. The broader Indo-European evidence that he here invokes for a common ancestral tripartite social structure is that provided by Greek legends of the primitive organization of Ionian society pp.

In an intriguing article exploring the possibility of a fourth Indo-European function, N. Allen calls attention to various remarks made by Dumzil in which he explicitly addresses this matter; indeed, Dumzil expresses annoyance at the view that his work is narrowly conned to concerns of tripartition. For example, in an interview which Dumzil gave to Jacques Bonnet and Didier Pralon in , the inter1. Benveniste , vol. This is not to suggest that Dumzil and Benveniste ever undertook anything like a common research eort.

On the contrary, and unfortunately, relations between the two appear to have been somewhat distant. Consider, for example, Dumzils remarks made in an interview with Didier Eribon Dumzil Georges Dumzil a consacr des travaux fondamentaux, trop connus pour quon les rappelle ici Benveniste , vol. Dumzil responds: Non, et je suis quelquefois agac de me voir toujours ramen aux trois fonctions.

Je me suis occup dautres choses: la thorie de lAurore par example, et celles du Solstice dhiver, du calendrier romain, des organisations guerrires. Tout mon travail comparatif nest pas 29 accroch la tripartition! Volume 3 of Dumzils magnum opus, Mythe et pope, concludes with three appendixes, the rst of which is a study of Roman Mater Matuta, whom Dumzil identies with the Vedic dawn goddess, Uas. Tracking the evolution of his own thought, Dumzil begins: Les tudes sur lAurore appartiennent la seconde priode de la nouvelle mythologie compare.

Entre et , toute lexploration comparative avait t concentre sur la conception des trois fonctions, reconnue, en , fondamentale dans lidologie des Indo-Europens: on ne stait occup que den inventorier les expressions, vivantes ou fossiles, dans la religion, dans lpope, dans la vie sociale des divers peuples de la famille. Cest ensuite seulement quon a pu entreprendre dappliquer les procds mis au point sur cette matire centrale dautres types de reprsentation 30 mythologie des commencements, des feux, des saisons, eschatologie. Allen 33 summarizes this, quoting from Dumzils work, LIdologie tripartite des Indo-Europens: [Dumzil] is perfectly clear that the three functions do not exhaust the ideological heritage from Proto-Indo-European times.

However important, even central, the ideology of the three functions may be, it is far from constituting all the shared Indo-European heritage that comparative analysis can glimpse or reconstruct One can hardly see how it could be reasonably denied by the comparativist; the paradigm is fundamental, and elements of such a structure will recur throughout the present work. As the argument develops through the course of this investigation, however, it will 29 The fundamental threeness of ancestral Indo-European self-awareness is, nevertheless, assumed, and crucially so; but to co-opt Dumzils declaration as a confession: Tout mon travail comparatif nest pas accroch la tripartition.

These various clarications having been made, let us now consider some of the evidence that Dumzil has adduced for Proto-Indo-European tripartition. After surveying the fundamental evidence from the rst several of these 1. The gods of Vedic India are divided among three classes: i the dityas, gods of sovereignty rst function ; ii warrior deities, commonly named as the Rudras second function ; and iii , rounding out the tripartite structure, the deities called the Vasushaving a corporate denotation meaning literally goods, wealth.

In a parallel fashion, Vedic divine society is at times summarized by substituting for these group designations, the names of individual gods: i Mitra and Varuna; ii Indra along with Vyu or Agni ; and iii the Avins, also known as the Nsatyas see, inter alia, Dumzil The hierarchical prominence of these deities is one of great antiquity, as is 1. For a convenient overview of Dumzils interpretations of Indo-European tripartition, see his Leon inaugurale, reprinted in Dumzil pp. For more explicit discussion see the essays collected in part 2 of the same volume: Les trois fonctions sociales et cosmiques; Les thologies triparties; and Les diverses fonctions dans la thologie, la mythologie et lpope pp.

The fullest single exposition of Dumzils Indo-European investigations is to be found in Dumzil A convenient treatment of Dumzilian ideas is found in Puhvel The development of Dumzils thought regarding tripartition is traced in Littleton As noted immediately above, N. Allen has argued for expanding Dumzils tripartite structure by the addition of a fourth Indo-European function; see also Allen The people of Mitanni were predominantly speakers of the non-Indo-European language of Hurrian; however, speakers of an archaic form of Indo-Aryan or perhaps a form of Indo-Iranian antecedent to the separation of Indo-Aryan and Iranian entered the region at some early period and for a time gained dynastic control see Harrak Called on to witness the treaty are several deities: mi-it-ra-, u-ru-wa-na-, in-da-ra, and na-a-at-ti-ia.

Clearly these gods are equivalent to their better-known Indic counterparts: Mitra, Varua, Indra, and the Nsatyas. The same tripartition also characterizes human society in Vedic India. Three Indo-Aryan varnas or classes are identied: the brhmaa, the priestly class; the katriya, class of the warrior rjanya ; and the vaiya, class of cultivators, goods-producers. To these three is appended a fourth, nonAryan, varathat of the udras, the native peoples of India subjugated by the invading Indo-Aryans.

We encounter these classes, for example, in Rig Veda In spite of the religious reforms undertaken by Zarathutra, a tripartite division of divine beings can still be found in Iranian theology see, inter alia, ME 1.

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Zarathutra elevated his god Ahura Mazdh to a position of supremacy. The Ama Spntas, six abstract beings who embody the attributes of Ahura Mazdh in the Avesta the Zoroastrian book of scripture , correspond closely to the chief Vedic 1. In transcription of the syllabic cuneiform script. See Dumzil , The text of the Rig Veda used herein is that of van Nooten and Holland Iran similarly preserves evidence of a tripartite division of human society. Three classes, or pira, are attested in the Avesta: that of the zaotar, the priest; the nar, the warrior, literally man cf.

Greek ; and the vstar, the herder. Such are their names in the Gths the hymns constituting the oldest portion of the Avesta ; in the later portions of the Avesta they are the ravan, the raatar chariot-rider, and vstry-fuyant fattening pasturer respectively Boyce The former is a reex of what Dumzil has identied to be the magico-religious aspect of the rst function, and so is a homologue of Vedic Varua; the latter, Tyr, belongs to the legal aspect of the rst function, making him a homologue of Vedic Mitra see Dumzil a.

Among the Germanic gods, the principal representative of the second function is rr Old English Thunor, eponym of Thunresdg, Thursday. It is the Vanir who continue the Indo-European divine third function in Scandinavia, chief of whom are Njrr and his two children, a son Freyr and a daughter Freyja. The tripartite structure of Gaulish society is well known from Caesars Bellum Gallicum 6. In omni Gallia eorum hominum, qui aliquo sunt numero atque honore, genera sunt duo.

Nam plebes paene servorum habetur loco, quae nihil audet per se, nullo adhibetur consilio. Plerique, cum aut aere alieno aut magnitudine tributorum aut iniuria potentiorum premuntur, sese in servitutem dicant nobilibus: in hos eadem omnia sunt iura, quae dominis in servos. Sed de his duobus generibus alterum est druidum, alterum equitum. In all of Gaul exist two genera of people who are of a certain rank and honor. The plebes are accounted little more than slaves, who undertake no endeavor on their own and are in no way consulted for advice.

The majority of them are weighed down by debt or heavy taxation or by the cruel whims of the more powerful; and so they enslave themselves to the upper classes. The latter classes have the very same authority over them as masters have over slaves. But concerning these other two genera, one is that of the Druids, the other that of the equites. Caesars three Gaulish generaDruid priests, warrior nobles equites , and laboring commoners plebes are matched term for term by the three classes of Irish society: dru, aith, and b-aire Rees and Rees And so we come to Rome and a principal vestige of Indo-European tripartition in that place, and in so doing begin a new phase of our discussion, one which will begin to move us nearer to the heart of the present investigation.

This vestige is of course the Pre-Capitoline triad which we examined in detail above see 1. The Pre-Capitoline triad continues this ancient Indo-European tripartition of divine society in Rome. On a further tripartition within the individual classes of Celtic society, see Rees and Rees Mars is the god of the second function, the warrior god whose month, March, opens the season of military campaigns; whose bellicose sacricial rite, the Equus October, occurs at the end of the campaigning season; whose wives in the ancient prayers of the Roman priests Aulus Gellius Quirinus is catalogued as one of the gods of Titus Tatius, that set of third-function deities to which Terminus also belongs see 1.

Served by one of the three Flamines Maiores, he is clearly the chief member of that group. Reecting the deitys aliation with the Roman populace generally, his priest, the Flamen Quirinalis, participates in sacred rites performed on behalf of other gods.

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An examination of these rites, Dumzil discerned, reveals the gods fundamental aliation with Roman grainyoung grain in the eld the Robigalia , stored grain the Summer Consualia , and roasted grain the Fornacalia; see ARR: ; Boyle and Woodard Quirinus Flamen also takes part in the Larentalianot a festival of grain, but one aliated with the courtesan Acca Larentia, and so a festival falling squarely within the domain of the third functionrealm of fertility and sensuality see ARR: ; Boyle and Woodard Such casual dismissiveness could only be maintained by choosing to ignore the great body of comparative evidence amassed by Benveniste and Dumzil, by ignoring the recurring structural patterns attested by widely separated Indo-European peoples within the historical periodin.

This is not to say that some alternative interpretation could not be applied to the data provided by the methodical inquiries of Benveniste and Dumzil; it is to say that the claims of their comparative analyses cannot be dismissed by examining only the evidence internal to Rome, excising it from its cross-cultural Indo-European context. The necessity of understanding and evaluating Dumzils work within a comparative framework has of course not gone unrecognized by all classicists presently engaged in the study of Roman religion.

In a recent general work on Roman religion, for example, John Scheid writes of Dumzil and his method: Dumzils plan was to reconstruct the Roman religion of archaic times but, despite his brilliant analyses. But it is only fair to note that, from Dumzils own point of view, this would not necessarily have made any dierence. For, as an Indo-Europeanist rather than a student of Roman religion alone, Dumzil was ultimately more interested in the timeless structures common to all societies which share Indo-European languages than in the precise historical period during which these structures rst made their appearance.

In the case of Rome, his principal concern was to show how closely the earliest religious structures he could detect matched those of other Indo-European societies. Despite all the historical problems that they pose, Dumzils careful analyses of Roman myths, language and institutions provide an incom35 parable methodological model for the use and interpretation of sources.

Scheid also rightly understands that the vantage point oered by the comparative perspective brings into clearer view what may be blurred in a local view: Dumzils method was always rst to examine the evidence within its own context and only then to compare the Roman data to similar structures in the wider Indo-European world as more recently Walter Burkert has always looked carefully at the evidence before moving on to his own.

So even if. Dumzils comparison of Roman religious structures with those of other Indo-European societies leads principally to further questions, his careful analysis of the surviving evidence often constitutes a real methodological breakthroughthrowing light, for example, on the modus operandi of various shadowy deities and By combining the philological methods of Wissowa with a more anthropological savoir faire, Dumzil eectively invented the religious 36 anthropology of the Romans.

Those scholars of Roman religion who dismiss the Indo-European tripartite heritage of the Pre-Capitoline triad typically do so as part and parcel of a broader Romano-centric rejection of tripartition. Regarding the latter 37 response, consider the comments of Beard, North, and Price: If Dumzil were right, that would mean quite implausibly that early Roman religion and myth encoded a social organization divided between kings, warriors and producers fundamentally opposed to the actual social organization of republican Rome even probably regal Rome itself.

For everything that we know about early Roman society specically excludes a division of functions according to Dumzils model. It was, in fact, one of the dening characteristics of republican Rome and a principle on which many of its political institutions were based that the warriors were the peasants, and that the voters were warrior-peasants; not that the warriors and the peasant agriculturalists were separate groups with a separate position in society and separate interests as Dumzils mythic scheme demands.

In order to follow Dumzil, one would need to accept not only that the religious and mythic life of a primitive community could be organized dierently from its social life, but that the 38 two could be glaringly incompatible. If there is something here which blinds us, it would seem to be reected from the dazzling prob Scheid In volume 1 of their Religions of Rome, they write p.

Although this group was of no particular prominence through most of the history of Roman religion, they were the gods to whom the three most important priests of early Rome. They appeared to t his three functions perfectly. Even supposing Dumzil were right about their very earliest signicance, all three soon developed into the supposed domains of at least one and possibly both of the others.

The tone appears at least mildly disparaging. However, in volume 2 pp. To begin with, as the authors of this statement must, one would expect, be aware, Dumzil addresses directly the matter of the historical social expression of the prehistoric Indo-European ideology; in Archaic Roman Religion he writes: In all the ancient Indo-European societies in which this ideological framework exists, it is a problem to know whether, and up to what point, the structure of the three functions is also expressed in an actual structure of society.


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For there is a dierence between making an explicit survey of these three needs and causing a division of social behavior to 39 correspond to them in practice. Dumzil infers, and reasonably so, that throughout the long travels by which the primitive Indo-Europeans spread themselves from the shores of Ireland to the deserts of central Asia, there survived ipso facto the warrior element that eectuated that successful dissemination and, at least in some regions, the keepers of the sacred and legal traditions. Consider the astonishing resemblances. But it is also certain that at the end of these great travels, after they had settled down, the greater part of the Indo-European-speaking groups sooner or later, often very soon, abandoned this framework in actual practice.

It thus remained only ideological and formed a means of analyzing and understanding the world, but with regard to social organization it oered at best only an ideal cherished by the philosophers 41 and a legendary view of the beginnings. One might protably ask what precise sense Dumzil assigns to the term ideology.

Allen addresses this point in his study of Indo-European ideology: The qualitative question, simpler perhaps, turns on what one expects of an ideology. Dumzil does not spend much time on denitions of the The word survives only at the eastern and western extremities of the Indo-European expansion area; see Benveniste , vol.

Thus he writes recently : By analogy with the words theology and mythology, which mean respectively the articulated system of deities, and the more or less coherent and nite set of myths, I mean by ideology the inventory of directing ideas that dominate the thinking and behaviour of a society. Beyond the general case of the social expression of ideology, Dumzil explicitly addresses the situation in Rome: The problem must thus arise at Rome as well. But it arises under almost desperate conditions, since too many centuries elapsed between the origins and the account which the annalists gave of them for us to be able to expect authentic information concerning the earliest social organization.

If in the eighth century there was any survival of a division of society into three classes, respectively operating the three functions, its last traces quickly disappeared, at any rate before the end of the regal period. It was probably one of the accomplishments of the Etruscan domination to achieve its destruction. On Dumzils penultimate point If in the eighth century there was any survival of a division of society into three classes. And it is worth noting that on his ultimate point as well It was probably one of the accomplishments of the Etruscan domination. Jupiter was, after all, an ancient Latin deity with an ancient Latin nameand at the same time the focus of what we may choose to classify as in part at least Etruscan religious forms such as the ceremonial of triumph or the 43 Capitoline temple.

For a further and fuller consideration of these remarks, see below, 1. We will return shortly to the matter of Etruscan religious inuences on Rome. And what of the above-cited pronouncement of Beard, North, and Price? In order to follow Dumzil, one would need to accept not only that the religious and mythic life of a primitive community could be organized dierently from its social life, but that the two could be glaringly incompatible. There are at least two dierent points to which we should give attention. One concerns the issue of compatibility and the other the social life of a primitive community vis--vis that of its ancestral culture, specically its linguistic preservations.

They are striated and heterogeneous. Incompatibility within communities is not an exceptional state of aairs.

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One must more accurately rst determine for what element of this primitive Roman community the religious and mythic life might reasonably be construed as organized dierently and, thus, for whom the invoked incompatibility exists. In his insightful study of Indo-European ideology, N. Allen explores the historical continuity of Dumzils tripartite ideology:.

From this point of view the history of the Indo-Europeans consists in a transition from an early period, when the segmentary [that is, discretely tripartite] ideology was creative and pervasive, to the contemporary period, when it has, to all intents and purposes, given way to non44 segmentary ideologies. Allen then continues, echoing Dumzils own ponderings on the IndoEuropean cultural extensions rehearsed above: Continua are often dicult to handle, and an ideology can very easily be only partly alive.

It may be alive for the masses, dead for the elite, or vice versa. It might be strong enough to eect adaptations, too weak to inspire genuine innovation. It might be alive in narrative, dead so far as institutions were concerned. And so on. I imagine that even the earliest of our sources date from periods when the ideology was no longer alive as it had been when the PIE speakers were beginning to disperse. However it would be arbitrary to assume that was the time when the segmentary The process of decline could well have begun earlierone can say nothing about dates.

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The Roman ideological remnants of the old Indo-European tripartition, whatever the era of its apogee, survive within the realm of the divine. In Rome that ideology is indeedin Allens wordsonly partly alive. It is kept alive in the domain of ritual and theological structure by the priests, or a subset thereof, guardians of ancient, ancient traditions and knowledge, as elsewhere in the Indo-European world and beyond.

It is at least the priestly element of society that houses the incompatibilities envisioned by Beard, North, and Price. In the modern world, the incompatible dierences one might even say glaring between the religious ideology embraced by a clericChristian minister or priest, rabbi, mullah, and so onand the actual structures, conventions, and behaviors of society at large, particularly societies fallen under the inuence of some foreign element, are easily enough perceived; one need only read the headlines.

The second consideration is this. As seems to have been overlooked by Romanist critics of tripartite ideology, Benveniste argued cogently that there were dynamics of early Indo-European social structure quite distinct from tripartition. Lorganisation tripartite qui vient dtre dcrite tablit, au sein de la socit, des classes de fonction; elle ne revt pas un caractre politique, sinon du fait que la classe sacerdotale, tant la premire, dtermine la hirarchie des pouvoirs.

Lorganisation proprement sociale repose sur une classication toute dirente: la socit est considre non plus dans la nature et la hirarchie des classes, mais dans son extension en quelque sorte nationale, selon les cercles dappartenance qui la contiennent. Cest dans lancien Iran que cette structure est la plus apparente. Elle comporte quatre cercles concentriques, quatre divisions sociales et territoriales qui, procdant de lunit la plus petite, slargissent jusqu 45 englober lensemble de la communaut.

In Iran the innermost circle is that denoted by dam- or dmna-, nmna- , household or family. The next circle out is that of the vs, clan groupant plusieurs familles , beyond which is the zantu, tribe proprement lensemble de ceux qui sont de mme naissance. The outermost circle is that of the dahyu country. It is only in Iran that the structure plainly survives into the histori Even in India it has undergone modication: though Sanskrit cognates of each term are attested, the system no longer remains a living mechanism. Elles ne se rejoignent plus Much more so elsewhere, though fossils of the system, frozensometimes idiomaticallyin the lexicon, show themselves scattered across the Indo-European family.

For example, each of the social units has its own chief: in Iran they are denoted the dmna-paiti, the vis-paiti, the zantu-paiti, and the dahyupaiti, respectively; they exist in a hierarchical relationship, still surviving in Middle Iranian. Beside Vedic dam-pati- master of the home, cognate to Avestan dmna-paiti, Greek preserves - master, despot, lord, owner; the Avestan vis-paiti nds his etymological counterpart not only in Vedic vi-pati- chief of the settlement, lord of the house, but in Lithuanian vi-pats lord, Albanian zot lord product of obscuring sound change ; compare the Old Prussian accusative feminine waispattin the lady of the house.

Beside Iranian vs, clan, Greek preserves earlier , meaning house, and Latin has vcus, village; block of houses; and next to Iranian zantu, tribe, Greek shows , denoting race, ospring, family, and Latin gens, meaning race, people, as well as identifying a family unit having a shared nomen and ancestor. But neither in Greece nor in Rome does the ancient Indo-European social structure in which such linguistic forms have their roots survive: La correspondance nest qutymologique.

En grec et en latin, ces vocables hrits ne sordonnent pas comme en iranien. Ils ne se recouvrent mme pas entre le latin et le grec. En latin, nous ne retrouvons pas non plus la structure iranienne: vcus nest pas le degr suprieur de domus; cest autre 48 chose que la vs iranienne, autre chose aussi que le w okos grec. The nested ancestral Indo-European social structure with its hierarchically ranked chieftains did not survive the urbanization of the Indo-European peoples who descended into the Italian peninsula and intermingled Beveniste , vol.

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Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult (Traditions)

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