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

The Survival of the Pagan Gods The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art 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 no

  • Title: The Survival of the Pagan Gods: The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art
  • Author: Jean Seznec Barbara F. Sessions
  • ISBN: 9780691029887
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 eThe 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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    1. Jean Seznec’s Survival of the Pagan Gods was originally published in 1940. A number of books since then have explored the role of classical mythology in Renaissance art but this was certainly one of the first to really try to come to grips with the part played by pagan beliefs and philosophies.While the traditional view of the period (and certainly the accepted view in 1940) was that the Renaissance marked the rediscovery of paganism Seznec advances the theory that the pagan gods never went aw [...]

    2. Like the Gods of Olympus which I reviewed earlier, this is a book that tracks the gods of antiquity through the centuries. But whereas Graziosi's book is broader and is designed more for the general reader, Seznec's book is more focused on the renaissance and is much more crammed with a dizzying amount of information. This is a book designed for the specialist, so I found it more of an informative read rather than a fun one. There are many illustrations, but some are not too clear, making it har [...]

    3. if you wish to learn the mythodological tradition and its place in Renaissance Humanism and Art, Seznec's book is a brilliant choice

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