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Anna-Maria Hartmann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807704.001.0001

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Mythography in Europe, 1500–1567

Mythography in Europe, 1500–1567

(p.17) 1 Mythography in Europe, 1500–1567
English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Anna-Maria Hartmann

Oxford University Press

In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, there were several collections and editions of earlier mythographies available, but these books often drew attention to the need for new mythographies to be written. The first phase of the renewal of the mythographical genre came in humanist miscellanies, in which sophisticated indexes allowed readers to look up all the latest information on a specific god. In the middle of the sixteenth century, there then emerged a series of large-scale, Italian mythographies by Giraldi (1548), Cartari (1556), and Conti (1567). Each of these mythographies specialized in one of the three key aspects of Renaissance mythography: etymology, images, or allegory. Unlike the English works, all of these continental mythographies were educational tools that were designed to be used as reference works, and not to engage in political or religious debates

Keywords:   mythography, humanism, history of scholarship, Giraldi, Conti, Cartari, epithets, allegory, miscellanies, Pictorius, Rhodiginus

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