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

The Survival of the Pagan Gods

The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art

By: Jean Seznec, Barbara F. Sessions (Translator)

Paperback Published: 21st January 1953
ISBN: 9780691029887
Number Of Pages: 392

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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 first a discussion of mythology in late antiquity and the Middle Ages, and then a multifaceted look at the far-reaching role played by mythology in Renaissance intellectual and emotional life.

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"Such a synthesis has never been attempted before, and the author ... has performed this much-needed service with exceptional distinction and clarity of purpose."--Art Digest "Here is a book ... that tells us what became of the gods after the fall of Rome, in what strange disguises they lived on, and how they emerged in the Quattrocento with odd attributes and symbols the ancients never knew... It is a formidable task, demanding vast learning in many fields; and it is brilliantly performed."--The Times Literary Supplement

Introductionp. 3
The Historical Traditionp. 11
The Physical Traditionp. 37
The Moral Traditionp. 84
The Encyclopedic Traditionp. 122
The Metamorphoses of the Godsp. 149
The Reintegration of the Godsp. 184
The Science of Mythology in the Sixteenth Centuryp. 219
Theories Regarding the Use of Mythologyp. 257
The Influence of the Manualsp. 279
Bibliography I. Sourcesp. 327
Bibliography II. Studiesp. 332
Indexp. 346
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ISBN: 9780691029887
ISBN-10: 0691029881
Series: Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 21st January 1953
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.46  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.57