Review – The Gods of Olympus

Posted October 25, 2017 by Nicky in Reviews / 0 Comments

Cover of The Gods of Olympus by Barbara GraziosiThe Gods of Olympus, Barbara Graziosi

For me, there weren’t many surprises here in Barbara Graziosi’s analysis of the Greek pantheon and their afterlife. I already knew how they translated into the Roman world (thank you, Mrs Wilson, for many fascinating lessons in classics!) and I had some idea of how they translated into the medieval and Renaissance world as well (I believe thanks there must go to Richard Wilson, Martin Coyle and Rob Gossedge – I can’t untangle in my mind quite who was responsible for this, but I blame my degree all the same).

Nonetheless, it’s a good survey of the Greek pantheon and the enormous influence they had on religious thought and, in the end, literature. I could wish for a bit on modern paganism, since I have friends who have revived the worship of the Olympians, but that’s probably a little much to ask.

It’s an enjoyable read, though not a particularly enlightening one, for me.

Rating: 3/5

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