The Survival of the Pagan Gods: The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - Religion - 376 pages
The gods of Olympus died with the advent of Christianity - or so we have been taught to believe. But how are we to account for their tremendous popularity during the Renaissance? This illustrated book, now reprinted in a new, larger paperback format, offers the general reader a multifaceted look at the far-reaching role played by mythology in Renaissance intellectual and emotional life. After a discussion of mythology in late antiquity and the Middle Ages, Jean Seznec traces the fate of the gods from Botticelli and Raphael to their function and appearance in Ronsard's verses and Ben Jonson's masques.
 

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Contents

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About the author (1995)

Jean Seznec was for many years a member of the faculty at Harvard University, and up until his death in 1983 he taught at All Souls College, Oxford, England.

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