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- n. the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
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Its themes of rebellion, isolation, and the lake-girt island all reflect Yeats’s early interest in Shelley, while the use of classical mythology is typical of his poetry before he met John O’Leary in 1885.
These two little pictures thus become historically the first-fruits of the neo-pagan spirit which was gradually supplanting the older ecclesiastical thought, and Giorgione, once having cast conventionalism aside, readily turns to classical mythology to find subjects for the free play of fancy.