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THE PAGAN GODS

For the myths, consult H.J.Rose, A Handbook of Greek Mythology* (London, 1958, first pub. 1928). R.Graves, The Greek Myths (2 vols, Harmondsworth, 1955), is detailed but eccentric in interpretation. M. Grant, Myths of the Greeks and Romans* (London, 1962), is an attractive introduction which compares literary uses. G.S.Kirk, The Nature of Greek Myths* (Harmondsworth, 1974), is a good introduction to theory. On the Christian absorption of classical educational methods see H.I.Marrou, A History of Education in Antiquity, trans. G.Lamb (New York, 1964, first English edn 1956). The most important book on the continuity of the gods is J.Seznec, The Survival of the Pagan Gods, trans. B. Sessions (New York, 1961, first pub. 1940). On myth in English Renaissance literature see D.C.Allen, Mysteriously Meant: The Rediscovery of Pagan Symbolism and Allegorical Interpretation in the Renaissance (Baltimore, 1970), especially ch. VIII; D.Bush, Mythology and the Renaissance Tradition in English Poetry (Minneapolis, 1932); D.T.Starnes and E.W.Talbert, Classical Myth and Legend and Renaissance Dictionaries (Westport, Conn., 1973, first pub. 1955); H.G.Lotspeich, Classical Mythology in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser (New York, 1965, first pub. 1932); C.G.Osgood, The Classical Mythology of Milton’s English Poems (New York, 1900). On the gods in Renaissance painting see E. Panofsky, Studies in Iconology (New York, 1962, first pub. 1939); E.Wind, Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance (London, 1958, rev. 1967).