Monday, February 16, 2015
The Gods of Olympus - Barbara Graziosi
Worship and understanding of the Gods changed as philosophy became a popular past time. And as Christianity grew in popularity, the cults and their gods had to go into hiding because of persecution. While the gods disappeared as religion, they reappeared in the pursuit of astrology and astronomy, which used references to mythology to identify constellations or star formations. In the renaissance, they saw a revival in sculptures in chapels, reimagined as saints or demons. Or in paintings of artists who were sometimes haunted by their presence.
For anybody who is interested in the history of the Greco-Roman Gods and Goddesses, this is a fantastic book that will provide insight into the ever-changing world.
Mythology - Edith Hamilton
Bulfinch's Mythology - Thomas Bulfinch