Boccaccio and the Ineffable, Aniconic God Demogorgon

  title={Boccaccio and the Ineffable, Aniconic God Demogorgon},
  author={Jon Solomon},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • J. Solomon
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
In his encyclopedic Genealogia deorum gentilium, Giovanni Boccaccio lists and describes over 700 pagan gods organized within a single comprehensive genealogy. The first god, the ancestor of all the rest, is the illusive Demogorgon. Described as nearly invisible, hidden by clouds and gloom, with a name toο horrible to utter, Demogorgon will reappear in subsequent drama and literature, playing a decisive role in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound. This article traces the origins of Demogorgon, first to… Expand
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