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The Survival of the Pagan Gods: The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art (Mythos: The Princeton-Bollingen Series in World Mythology) [Paperback]

Jean Seznec , Barbara F. Sessions
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21 Jan 1953 Mythos: The Princeton-Bollingen Series in World Mythology

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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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (21 Jan 1953)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691029881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691029887
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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ON THE APPEARANCE, early in the third century B.C., of the romance by Euhemerus which was destined to exert so lasting an influence, the intellectual climate of the Greco-Roman world was in a state exceptionally favorable to its reception. Read the first page
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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It is a book I want to recommend to anybody looking for a key to untangle our past Mythological tradition, as it re-emerged in the Renaissance.
The book is a pearl of wisdom for any body eager or curious to have a closer look at the Gods and Goddesses that disappeared from Europe during the Middle ages to be re-presented by the Fifteenth-Century Sculptors and Painters of Italy.
Jean Seznec gives us the key to understand the oppression of the Christian Church, and we regain the Genius in Mythology and our European Mythological Philosophical past - Stripped of Christian Doctrine and Symbols. The ancient Gods and Goddesses re-emerges for us, not as abominations or Barbarian, Pseudo-Antique Divinities, but in their own right - with information of the philosophy incorporated in the original Icon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 3 Aug 2010
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Excellent book, immensely erudite. Of interest to anyone interested in the Western cultural tradition. A classic.
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