The Olympians Are The Most Colorful Characters Of Greek Civilization Even In Antiquity, They Were Said To Be Cruel, Oversexed, Mad Or Just Plain Silly Yet For All Their Foibles Flaws, They Proved To Be Survivors, Far Outlasting Classical Greece Itself In Egypt, The Olympians Claimed To Have Given Birth To Pharaohs In Rome, They Led Respectable Citizens Into Orgiastic Rituals Of Drink Sex Under Christianity Islam They Survived As Demons, Allegories Planets In The Renaissance, They Reemerged As Ambassadors Of A New, Secular Belief In Humanity Their Geographic Range, Too, Has Been Astounding In Their Exile, The Gods Of Olympus Have Traveled East To The Walls Of Cave Temples In China, West To Colonize The Americas They Snuck Into Italian Cathedrals, Haunted Nietzsche Visited Borges Restless Dreams In An Original History, Graziosi Offers The 1st Account To Trace The Wanderings Of These Protean Deities Thru The Millennia Drawing On A Wide Range Of Literary Archeological Sources, The Gods Of Olympus Opens A Window On The Ancient World Its Lasting Influence.Preface Simonides Was WiseIntroduction A Family PortraitPart I Birth Archaic Greece Part II Dialogue Classical AthensPart III Travel Hellenistic EgyptPart IV Translation The Roman EmpirePart V Disguise Christianity IslamPart VI Born Again The RenaissanceEpilogue A Marble HeadAppendix The Twelve GodsList Of IllustrationsNotes Further ReadingAcknowledgmentsIndex
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- The Gods of Olympus
- Barbara Graziosi
- 15 June 2019 Barbara Graziosi