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English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Anna-Maria Hartmann


Greco-Roman mythology and its reception are at the heart of the European Renaissance, and mythographies—texts that collected and explained ancient myths—were considered indispensable companions to any reader of literature. Despite the importance of this genre, English mythographies have not gained sustained critical attention, because they have been wrongly considered mere copies of their European counterparts. This monograph studies the English mythographies written between 1577 and 1647 by Stephen Batman, Abraham Fraunce, Francis Bacon, Henry Reynolds, and Alexander Ross. By placing their te ... More

Keywords: Mythography, Renaissance Literature, English Renaissance, Ovid, Francis Bacon, English literature—European context, mythology, classical reception, myth theory, myth philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna-Maria Hartmann, author
Departmental Lecturer in English Literature, Corpus Christi College, Oxford