Conceptual Machinery of the Mythopoetic Mind: Attis, A Case Study

  • Sándor DarányiEmail author
  • Peter Wittek
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9535)


In search for the right interpretation regarding a body of related content, we screened a small corpus of myths about Attis, a minor deity from the Hellenistic period in Asia Minor to identify the noncommutativity of key concepts used in storytelling. Looking at the protagonist’s typical features, our experiment showed incompatibility with regard to his gender and downfall. A crosscheck for entanglement found no violation of a Bell inequality, its best approximation being on the border of the local polytope.


Bell Inequality Text Variant CHSH Inequality Hellenistic Period Bell Test 
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no FP7-601138 PERICLES. PW would like to thank Alexia Salavrakos for the discussions on Bell inequalities. The authors are grateful to two unknown reviewers plus Roger Pearse’s blogs on antiquity and his links to translations. Other classical sources were used from the Perseus Digital Library.

Dedicated to the memory of Hugo Hepding (1878–1959), classical philologist, ethnographer and librarian.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BoråsBoråsSweden
  2. 2.ICFO-The Institute of Photonic SciencesBarcelonaSpain

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