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Roman and European Mythologies
     

Roman and European Mythologies

by Yves Bonnefoy, Wendy Doniger (Translator), Gerald Honigsblum (Translator)
 

This volume begins with Roman myths and traces their influence in early Christian and later European literature. Ninety-five entries by leading scholars cover subjects such as sacrificial cults and rites in pre-Roman Italy, Roman religion and its origins, the mythologies of paganism, the survival of the ancient gods in the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance, gypsy

Overview


This volume begins with Roman myths and traces their influence in early Christian and later European literature. Ninety-five entries by leading scholars cover subjects such as sacrificial cults and rites in pre-Roman Italy, Roman religion and its origins, the mythologies of paganism, the survival of the ancient gods in the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance, gypsy myths and rituals, romanticism and myth in Blake,
Nerval, and Balzac, and myth in twentieth-century English literature.

Mythologies offers illuminating examples of the workings of myth in the structure of societies past and present—how we create,
use, and are guided by systems of myth to answer fundamental questions about ourselves and our world.

Many of the sections in Mythologies, originally published as a two-volume cloth set, will soon be available in four paperback volumes
(two are announced here; two more are scheduled for 1993). These volumes will reproduce the articles, introductory essays, and illustrations as they appeared in the full Mythologies set.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A selection of 95 articles from the 1991 translation of Bonnefroy's two-volume Mythologies (1981), complete with illustrations and bibliographies. Contributors discuss topics ranging from pre-Roman rites in Italy and the survival of pagan mythology in early Christianity, to the influence of European myth on romanticism and science fiction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226064550
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Yves Bonnefoy (1923–2016) was a poet, critic, and professor of comparative poetics at the Collège de France. In addition to poetry and literary criticism, he published numerous works of art history and translated into French several of Shakespeare’s plays.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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