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

Armando Maggi


Who are the familiar spirits of classical culture and what is their relationship to Christian demons? In its interpretation of Latin and Greek culture, Christianity contends that Satan is behind all classical deities, semi-gods, and spiritual creatures, including the gods of the household, the lares, and penates. But this book argues that the great thinkers of the Italian Renaissance had a more nuanced and perhaps less sinister interpretation of these creatures or spiritual bodies. The form of the body relies on the spirits' knowledge of their human interlocutors' pasts. But their core trait i ... More

Keywords: classical culture, Christian demons, Satan, Italian Renaissance, appearances, compassion, harbingers, protection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226501307
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Armando Maggi, author