First published in 1987, this is a critical edition of the 1647 text by the Scottish author Alexander Ross which offered the Renaissance reader not only a wealth of factual information concerning the gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters of ancient myth and legend, but also served as a treasury of interpretation and commentary ingeniously explaining the facts in terms moral, theological, historical and scientific.
Part I. Introduction. 1. Alexander Ross. 2. The Renaissance Mythographical Tradition. 3. Mythography in England. 4. Mystagogus Poeticus. 5. Composition and Text. Part II. Mystagogus Poeticus, or the Muses Interpreter.