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‘Forms of Dark Delusion’: Mythography and Politics

Jon Mee

in Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183297
eISBN:
9780191674013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183297.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses William Blake's mythography as one which shared more of the radical impulses of those speculators like Erasmus Darwin and C. F. Volney whose syncretism was part of an attempt ... More


Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Greta Hawes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199672776
eISBN:
9780191775253
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672776.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Instances of rationalistic interpretation in ancient Greek authors constitute a rare and valuable example of an indigenous mode of ancient myth criticism. They display some of the ways in which the ... More


English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Anna-Maria Hartmann

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807704
eISBN:
9780191845529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807704.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

Greco-Roman mythology and its reception are at the heart of the European Renaissance, and mythographies—texts that collected and explained ancient myths—were considered indispensable companions to ... More


Ericthonius's Secret: Body Politics in Ariosto's Orlando furioso

Albert Russell Ascoli

in A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234288
eISBN:
9780823241231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyzes Ariosto's elaborate exploration of the politics of gender and the gendering of politics in the curious tale of the defeat of the phallocratic giant, Marganorre, by the warrior ... More


Zeno of Rhodes and the Rhodian View of the Past 1

Hans-Ulrich Wiemer

in Polybius and his World: Essays in Memory of F.W. Walbank

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199608409
eISBN:
9780191745102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608409.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Though Polybius is on occasion critical of the Rhodian historian Zeno, his detailed knowledge of Rhodian activities in Lycia, and her dealings with Philip V and Antiochus III, and with Rome, points ... More


“Iohannes de Certaldo”:: Self-Validation in Boccaccio’s “Genealogies of the Gods” (ca. 1350–75)

Jane Chance

in Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060125
eISBN:
9780813050492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060125.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Visible early on in Boccaccio’s Latin mythological works is his practice of using classical myth and allegory as a vehicle for concealing the personal and political. Illegitimate himself, Boccaccio ... More


Conclusion

Jane Chance

in Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813060125
eISBN:
9780813050492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060125.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This volume has detailed late medieval mythography by means of three Italian paradigm-shift figures, Dante, Boccaccio, and Christine de Pizan. Their hybrid texts combine and switch allegory and gloss ... More


Conon. Diegeseis

Greta Hawes

in Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199672776
eISBN:
9780191775253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672776.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Three passages from Conon’s Diegeseis show the appeal of rationalistic interpretation within a mythographic text. In this context, such non-standard versions of the canonical stories of Midas, ... More


From Myth to Logos in Greek Studies

Adam Lee

in The Platonism of Walter Pater: Embodied Equity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198848530
eISBN:
9780191882944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848530.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Pater’s understanding of myth and its creation in his Greek Studies (1895). Although the book was published posthumously, the majority of its essays appeared within a five-year ... More


Martianus Capella, De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, CA. 420–490

Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter (eds)

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199653782
eISBN:
9780191803628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii (The Marriage of Philology and Mercury), an influential commentary on the liberal arts written by the fifth-century author Martianus Capella. ... More


Mythical History

Charles E. Muntz

in Diodorus Siculus and the World of the Late Roman Republic

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190498726
eISBN:
9780190498740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498726.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter looks at Diodorus’s inclusion of mythology in his history. This is another example of his originality, given a long tradition of excluding myth in Greek historiography. There are also ... More


Introduction

Anna-Maria Hartmann

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807704
eISBN:
9780191845529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807704.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

Mythographies were books that collected, explained, and interpreted myth-related material. Extremely popular during the Renaissance, these works appealed to a wide range of readers. While the ... More


Mythography in Europe, 1500–1567

Anna-Maria Hartmann

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807704
eISBN:
9780191845529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807704.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, there were several collections and editions of earlier mythographies available, but these books often drew attention to the need for new ... More


Conclusion

Anna-Maria Hartmann

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807704
eISBN:
9780191845529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807704.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

Although they did not set out explicitly to theorize myth, the mythographers in this study formulated particular concepts of myth. These concepts were developed ad hoc, rather than as part of a ... More


Hesiod and Early Mythography

Athanassios Vergados

in Hesiod's Verbal Craft: Studies in Hesiod's Conception of Language and its Ancient Reception

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198807711
eISBN:
9780191845536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807711.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the ways in which early mythography resonates with Hesiodic. In doing this, it goes beyond the question of whether certain narratives in Hesiod’s poetry (esp. the myth of the ... More


Mythological Sources: Classical Texts, Renaissance Contexts

Oliver J. Noble Wood

in A Tale Blazed Through Heaven: Imitation and Invention in the Golden Age of Spain

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198707356
eISBN:
9780191778629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707356.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Chapter 1 explores the remarkable range of sources of the tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan available in the Golden Age of Spain. After introducing the principal classical sources of the tale (Homer, ... More


‘The fanciful traditions of early nations’: History, Myth, and Orientalist Poetry in India Prior to James Mill

Daniel Sanjiv Roberts

in Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199687084
eISBN:
9780191766992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687084.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter considers the assimilation of Indian mythology by British poets and historians in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Indian myths are often subjected to European modes ... More


The Homeric Hymns, Cornutus, and the Mythographical Stream

José B. Torres

in The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198728788
eISBN:
9780191795510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This study deals with the possibility that Lucius Annaeus Cornutus may have known and alluded to some major Homeric Hymns (Hymn to Demeter, Hymn to Hermes, and the fragmentary Hymn to Dionysus) in ... More


Mythography and Mythographical Collections

Nicolette Zeeman

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter surveys ‘mythographies’ (collections of summary versions of classical myth) from the late antique period to the late Middle Ages. It argues that most of these collections are ... More


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