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The Renaissance

in How Philosophers Saved Myths

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226075358
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226075389.003.0010
The Renaissance

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This chapter focuses on the various explanations of the gods which were established and developed by the Renaissance. The gods slowly recovered their true forms during the Renaissance. The most important factors were the influence of printing and the prestige of the illustrated book. The Renaissance scholars restored to the pagan god their true images with the help of direct contact with antiquity, primarily through Greek texts but also through various types of visual representations. The scholars of the Renaissance attempted with all possible ways to integrate mythology into sacred history and Christian theology. Thus, few people living in the Renaissance were able to analyze whether they had found the interpretations they defended in the texts and objects of antiquity or in their own imaginations.

Keywords: Middle Ages; Renaissance; Gods; Greek texts; visual representations; interpretations

Chapter.  10385 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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