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The Gods of Olympus : a history, Barbara Graziosi

Label
The Gods of Olympus : a history
Title
The Gods of Olympus
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Graziosi
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Elegant and entertaining, this is the history of the most vibrant characters in classical civilisation. With their vast appetites, great beauty and warlike tendencies, it's hard to resist their pull on the imagination, even though, in antiquity, the gods of Olympus were just as often seen as cruel, over-sexed, mad or just plain silly. And yet they were survivors, whose story only began with classical civilisation. Masters of re-invention (though never too hard to identify), they began to resemble pharaohs in Egypt and lead respectable Roman citizens in orgiastic rituals of drink and sex. Under Christianity and Islam they went undercover as demons, allegories, and planets, waiting for a triumphant re-emergence in a Renaissance vision of ancient beauty. They travelled east along the Silk Route to the walls of cave-temples in China, and west, colonising the Americas. They featured on Wedgwood teapots, attacked the poet Holderlin, haunted Nietzsche, and visited Borges in restless dreams. Barbara Graziosi deftly traces the travels and transformations of these pagan deities from the distant past to the present, showing that the gods of Olympus remain potent symbols that help us to feel part of a broad and fascinating humanity
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Graziosi, Barbara
Dewey number
292.211
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Gods, Greek
Target audience
adult
Label
The Gods of Olympus : a history, Barbara Graziosi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Control code
000054058956
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781846683220
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The Gods of Olympus : a history, Barbara Graziosi
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Control code
000054058956
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781846683220
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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