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    Jean Seznec(Author) Barbara F. Sessions(Translator)

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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.


"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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  • By Isabella Balkert on 20 October 2005

    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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