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Author Nigg, Joe, author
Title The Phoenix : an unnatural biography of a mythical beast / Joseph Nigg
Imprint Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  GR830.P4 N53 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020840097
 Modern History Library  398.2454 N686  2017    AVAILABLE    30550100631207
Descript xxv, 487 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-470) and index
Introduction -- Cultural transformations of the phoenix -- Prologue sacred to the sun -- Egyptian beginnings -- Royal bird of China -- Classical marvel. Birth of the Western phoenix ; Early Roman sightings ; Later Roman variations -- Bird of God. The Judaic phoenix ; The early Christian phoenix ; The phoenix in old English ; The bestiary phoenix ; Beyond the bestiaries -- Renaissance transformations. Innovations and renewals ; The Elizabethan phoenix ; The emblematic phoenix ; The philosopher's stone ; Metaphorical variety -- Challenged and discredited. Rising doubts ; Battle of the books ; Fading into fable -- Modern rebirth. Mythical bird ; Poetic fire ; Literary distinction ; From literal ashes
Subject Phoenix (Mythical bird)
Phoenix (Mythical bird) in art
Phoenix (Mythical bird) in literature
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