From Many Gods to One

From Many Gods to One

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Epic poets of the Renaissance looked to emulate the poems of Greco-Roman antiquity, but doing so presented a dilemma: what to do about the gods? Divine intervention plays a major part in the epics of Homer and Virgila€”indeed, quarrels within the family of Olympian gods are essential to the narrative structure of those poemsa€”yet poets of the Renaissance recognized that the cantankerous Olympians could not be imitated too closely. The divine action of their classical models had to be transformed to accord with contemporary tastes and Christian belief. From Many Gods to One offers the first comparative study of poetic approaches to the problem of epic divine action. Through readings of Petrarch, Vida, Ariosto, Tasso, and Milton, Tobias Gregorydescribes the narrative and ideological consequences of the epica€™s turn from pagan to Christian. Drawing on scholarship in several disciplinesa€”religious studies, classics, history, and philosophy, as well as literaturea€”From Many Gods to One sheds new light on two subjects of enduring importance in Renaissance studies: the precarious balance between classical literary models and Christian religious norms and the role of religion in drawing lines between allies and others.Divine Action in Renaissance Epic Tobias Gregory ... in the title of a mythographical manual such as Stephen Batmana#39;s Golden Booke of the Leaden Goddes(1577), the initial sense of ... One can emphasize deep structure, continuity, coherence, and red threads, or one can emphasize stress points, occlusions, and latent or open contradictions. ... Less so in the Aeneid; as Feeney points out, Introduction 27.

Title:From Many Gods to One
Author:Tobias Gregory
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-11-15


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