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date: 25 October 2020

mythology and mythographers. 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

The principal ancient source of classical mythology was Ovid's Metamorphoses, which was widely studied in schools. The understanding of ancient mythology in Renaissance Europe was sometimes radically different from that of Ovid's original readers or his twenty-first-century readers, because Renaissance readers often understood the mythology as moral tales or as adumbrations of Christian truths. The most important Renaissance mythographies were ... ...

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