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In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance

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In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance
In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance Book Cover, written by Armando Maggi
In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance Book Cover, written by Armando Maggi
Author(s) Armando Maggi
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
Publication date June 1, 2006 (Hardcover)
June 15, 2008 (Paperback)
June 1, 2006 (eBook)
Media type Hardcover
Paperback
eBook
Length 257 Pages
ISBN 978-0226501314
ASIN B003XKO5YG

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In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance is book of research on Renaissance demonology written by Armando Maggi. Part of the work is concerned with explaining what Succubi and Incubi and their myths meant in that time and place.

Overview

  • Title: In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance
  • Author: Armando Maggi
  • Published By: University Of Chicago Press
  • Length: 257 Pages
  • Format: Hardcover, Paperback & eBook
  • ISBN-10: 0226501310 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226501314 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-10: 0226501302 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226501307 (Hardcover)
  • ASIN: B003XKO5YG
  • Publishing Date: June 1, 2006 (Hardcover)
    June 15, 2008 (Paperback)
    June 1, 2006 (eBook)


Plot Summary

In its interpretation of Latin and Greek culture, Christianity contends that Satan is behind all classical deities, demi-gods, and spiritual creatures, including the gods of the household, the lares and penates. But Armando Maggi, an expert in Renaissance demonology, argues throughout In the Company of Demons that the great thinkers of the Italian Renaissance had a more nuanced and perhaps less sinister interpretation of these creatures or spiritual bodies.

Through close readings of Giovan Francesco Pico della Mirandola, Strozzi Cigogna, Pompeo della Barba, Ludovico Sinistrari, and others, Maggi reveals that these demons speak through their sudden and striking appearances—their very bodies seen as metaphors to be interpreted. But the core trait of these spirits is compassion, and sometimes their odd, eerie arrivals are seen as harbingers or warnings to protect us. It comes as no surprise then that when spiritual beings distort the natural world to communicate, it is vital that we begin to listen.


Book Review

The following review is from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below:

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book
  • Reviewed On: June 12, 2008
  • Reviewed By: R. Arellano

In the Company of Demons is mesmerizing, fascinating and quite interesting.I encourage anyone interested in the subject of myth, mythology or otherwordly subjects to buy this book.Very readable and great as a gift for Friday the 13th., or Holloween.

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