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Les singes de Mars et le singe antiquaire. A propos des dieux gréco-romains

By Anne-Marie Mercier-Faivre

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Anne-Marie Merceer-Faivre : Aping Mars and the antiquarian ape. In the 18th Century the world of the ancient gods divided into two ; fables were the futile side while mythology made it an object of science. The fable, which was present in teaching, in social codes and in the arts, seemed ever more old-fashioned, or even immoral or incomprehensible. Mythology, the object of research on the part of historians, philologists and antiquaries, tried to read human history in that of the gods or to interpret these accounts as allegories useful to humans. Ancient traditions subsisted in both the arts and the preoccupations of the learned, but they were drained of life by this two-fold development. On the one hand there were empty forms and on the other disincarnated meaning, and thus they evaporated when faced with changes in people and time.Mercier-Faivre Anne-Marie. Les singes de Mars et le singe antiquaire. A propos des dieux gréco-romains. In: Dix-huitième Siècle, n°27, 1995. L'Antiquité. pp. 61-72

Publisher: 'PERSEE Program'
Year: 1995
DOI identifier: 10.3406/dhs.1995.2032
OAI identifier: oai:persee:article/dhs_0070-6760_1995_num_27_1_2032
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