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The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis & The Pursuit Of Paganism

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Pagan myths of metamorphosis were an essential point of origin for artistic inspiration from antiquity through the Renaissance. As the beliefs implicit in metamorphosis come to be identified with paganism, the heritage of these myths becomes the heritage of antiquity itself.
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Published September 10th 1986 by Yale University Press
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Robert
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, this is not an easy book to write, as Barkan explains in his preface. Using Ovidian metamorphosis as a foundation, this book is a "history of the idea" as seen through periods leading up to Shakespeare.

The first chapter has a nice exposition on Diego Velazquez's Las Hilanderas, which gets muddied in my view by the following chapter on Ovid which seemed too free-ranging with every paragraph pointing out something new, interesting, or important... I lost the point.

The third section on
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Leonard Barkan is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton, where he teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature along with appointments in the Departments of Art and Archaeology, English, and Classics. He has been a professor of English and of Art History at universities including Northwestern, Michigan, and N.Y.U. Among his books are The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis and the ...more
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