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Martin P. Nilsson
Martin Persson Nilsson (Stoby, Kristianstad County, 12 July 1874 - Lund, 7 April 1967) was a Swedish philologist, mythographer, and a scholar of the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman religious systems. In his studies he combined literary evidence with archaeological evidence, linking historic and prehistoric evidence for the evolution of the Greek mythological cycles.
Nilsson's best-known work in German is Geschichte der griechischen Religion (transl. History of Greek Religion) in the Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft (transl. Handbook of Classical Antiquities), which went through several editions. Nilsson had previously published it in Swedish under the title Den grekiska religionens historia (1922). In English his Minoan-Mycenaean Religion, and Its Survival in Greek Religion is more often quoted. Other important works include:
Primitive Time-Reckoning; A Study in the Origins and First Development of the Art of Counting Time Among the Primitive and Early Culture Peoples (Lund: C. W. K. Gleerup) 1920
The Mycenaean Origin of Greek Mythology (Berkeley: University of California Press) 1932 (On-line text) This work had its origins in the Sather Classical Lectures
Homer and Mycenae (London: Methuen) 1933
Primitive Religion 1934
"Early Orphism and Kindred Religious Movements" Harvard Theological Review28 (1935):180-230
The Age of the Early Greek Tyrants (Belfast) 1936 (The Dill Memorial Lecture)
Greek Popular Religion (New York: Columbia University Press) 1940 (On-line text)
Grekisk Religiositet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Hugo Gebers Förlag. 1946.
Translated as Greek Piety (Norton/Oxford University Press) 1969
Translated as Griechischer Glaube (in German). Bern: A. Francke Verlag. 1950.
Greek Folk Religion. Reprinted with a foreword by Arthur Darby Nock, 1972
Den Grekiska Religionens Historia [History of Greek Religion] (in Swedish). 1922.
Translated as "Geschichte der griechischen Religion". Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft [Handbook of Classical Antiquities] (in German).
Minoan-Mycenaean Religion, and Its Survival in Greek Religion (Lund: Gleerup); revised 2nd ed. 1950
The Bacchic Mysteries in Italy
See also "The Bacchic Mysteries in the Roman Age" Harvard Theological Review46 (1953):175-202
Cults, Myths, Oracles, and Politics in Ancient Greece (Studies in Mediterranean Archeology)
The Historical Hellenistic Background of the New Testament (The Bedell Lecture, Kenyon College)
"Martin P. Nilsson: In Memoriam" The Harvard Theological Review60.4 (October 1967), p. 373.
Einar Gjerstad, Martin P. Nilsson in memoriam. (Lund: Gleerup) 1968. (With Erik Johan Knudtzon et al., Bibliographie Martin P. Nilsson.)
John Granlund, "Martin Persson Nilsson (1874-1967)" 'in Dag Strömbäck (ed.) Leading folklorists of the North (Oslo) 1971:135-170.