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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser (February 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633470
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joscelyn Godwin is a professor of music at Colgate University and the author of more than 15 highly regarded books on music, harmony, and the Western esoteric traditions. Among them are Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant Garde, Robert Fludd: Hermetic Philosopher and Surveyor of Two Worlds, and Mystery Religions in the Ancient World.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Pagan Dream Of The Renaissance by academician and Western esoteric traditions expert Joscelyn Godwin is an informed and informative exploration of how pagan deities captivated the Renaissance European imagination during the Renaissance, to such an extent that symbols of pagan doctrine would sometimes exist side-by-side with official symbols and doctrines of the Christian Church. Enhanced with numerous black-and-white photographs of Renaissance era art and stonework that celebrated pagan deities pepper this scholarly and insightful text, The Pagan Dream Of The Renaissance is a highly recommended addition to academic Western History and Renaissance History reference collections and reading lists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alita on October 2, 2010
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Interesting, but does not touch literature, only the visual arts. Even so it cannot compare with the classic Sezenec on the same subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zach on November 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Middle Ages was dominated by Christianity. The title of the book alludes to this fact by stating the only way to be a pagan during the Middle Ages was in your dreams (imagination). The theme of the book is how classical culture and the Kaballah arose and sometimes blended with Christanity for the first time. The main characters and works are all included.

Sometime during the 15th century, classical culture began popping up all over Europe. For example, The Strife of Love in A Dream was an early book printed by the Gutenberg press. It included pictures. Its plot was pagan.

The Florentine Picture Chronicle by a talented, anonymous artist includes drawings of Adam and Eve, Achilles, Ganymede and many more in classical style. So Christian ideals were slowly blending with classical culture. This included architecture, drawing, sculpture, painting, etc.

An example of architecture was the studiolo. A small room decorated with painting and imagery to inspire self-contemplation.
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