The tale of Titan and the broken pact is a striking revision of the Hesiodic Titanomachy, a myth whose importance for assertions of monarchical authority across the ages is well documented. Giovanni Boccaccio’s genealogy is quite literal, and serves as a constant reminder of the work’s fundamental euhemerism and its concern with politics. Boccaccio and John Milton are also comparable in the way they represent their authorship and authority, using tropes which resonate with our topic. Responding to the political euhemerism of Boccaccio, Raoul Lefevre provides a wealth of justification for such resistance. Where modern scholarship on the Renaissance tends to view euhemerism through the lenses of Christian dogma, rationalization, or euergetistic appreciation of the cultural achievements of the ancients, we need to recognize also its power and prevalence as a polemical tool in contemporary ideological debates.
|Title of host publication||Euhemerism and Its Uses|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Mortal Gods|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||32|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781000356588, 9781003094760|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2021|