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The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance

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This book recounts the almost untold story of how the rediscovery of the pagan, mythological imagination during the Renaissance brought a profound transformation to European culture.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Weiser Books (first published 2002)
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Brian
Nov 02, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
In this extensively-illustrated book, Joscelyn Godwin takes the reader on a tour of the public and private expressions of the brief but indelible influx of Classical Greek and Roman themes and images into the visual and performing arts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, beginning in Italy but quickly spread by craftsmen and their patrons among the courts of Europe. In this era, the fortuitous rediscovery of ancient pagan imagery, the historical vectors of which remain incompletely ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
Initially I chose this book as an aid to understanding DP Walkers Spiritual and Demonic Magic. It has lived up to that purpose. I was fascinated by exploring the private sanctuaries built into wealthy homes, shrines to the imagination. Just as the author has separated the texts out of his historical overview, these rooms were more about artefacts than books, designed to aid their owners in introspection and character development.
There is an interesting chapter on the birth of opera, an out grow
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Feb 26, 2008 Colin rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly argued, beautifully illustrated - I love this book. Almost as hypnotic as Godwin's edition of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili . . .
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Composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult.

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