(19) Economou notes that 'there is no definitive evidence that medieval mythographers
and poets were well-versed in this platonic tradition or that they identified their good Venus with caritas as Ficino later did with the platonic heavenly Venus.
But Diakonoff might argue that even if this was true, it was a final literary outcome, like the works of the Greek mythographers
, serving only to distract attention from the issue of where the plots came from and why the storytelling mode could still be used in a society that may no longer have believed in the substance.
As another instance, Revard uses the Renaissance mythographers
to reveal complex, constantly shifting interrelationships among the muses, sirens, nymphs, and other female deities that appear in such English poems as "L'Allegro," "Il Penseroso," and "Lycidas." Revard develops this investigation further in a chapter on "Sabrina and the Classical Nymphs of Water." Sabrina is often taken as a representative of Christian grace, but that grace is mediated through a Classical or Neoclassical figure.
(21) Like Herbert's poems of this type, Sidney's Echo speaks with the voice of truth, in accordance with the interpretation of certain mythographers
, including Boccaccio.
Chapter 4 pursues some of these themes in the mythographers
Conti and Cartari and their French translators Du Verdier and Baudouin (Paris is guilty of succumbing to "le plaisir du texte" (189), and Hercules's choice is between substance and ornamentation).
In accordance with a useful postmodern awareness, Tinkle refuses to consider the mythographers
' discussions as a key "divulg[ing] the deities"proper' or historical medieval meanings" (98).
The Eagle was an antique symbol of triumph, frequently discussed by Renaissance mythographers
, and thus the 'apotheosis' of The Scales through the agency of Jupiter's Eagle must have been part of this visual understanding.(67) But in a more particular Italian Renaissance astrological sense, the constellation Eagle brings with it its military and political power, especially in achieving the papacy.
Chance points out that medieval mythographers
are generally known for their inclination to moralise and allegorise, whereas Chaucer "often inverts typically allegorical signification for psychological or political and ironic purposes in developing characterization.
Wolfe marshals an impressive array of evidence to demonstrate the widespread tendency among translators, commentators, mythographers
, polemicists, emblematists, dramatists, and visual artists to interpret aspects of Homer's epics as having rich and ineluctable contemporary resonance.
Many later mythographers
, including Sidney's contemporary, Natale Conti, would concur.
Meliado presents a description of the principal mythographers
, which, as he declares at the end of the chapter, "does not claim to be complete but may have helped to define the fundamental role covered by the study of myth in ancient times".
Lighting the blue lotos touchpaper of Romantic Indophilia, Sakuntala inspired poets, philologists, ethnologists, and mythographers