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Ancient Myths in the Making of Culture


Malgorzata Budzowska and Jadwiga Czerwinska

The reception of Mediterranean Antiquity heritage is one of the dominant research areas in contemporary classical studies. This issue has constituted the scope of the conference Reception of Ancient Myths in Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Culture, which took place at the University of Łódź (Poland) in November 2013. The volume consists of the selected articles based on the conference papers. They are divided into the main chapters: Literature, Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy as well as Anthropology. The authors consider different methods of reception of ancient myths focusing on various cultural phenomena: literature, fine arts, theatre, cinema and pop culture.
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Cain, or the Secularization of Myth


The expressionist theatre was a response to an ideological and religious crisis of values. Transcendence, rejected in the age of rationalism not only by science, but also, paradoxically, by religion itself, has become a reference point for renegade artists. The continuing secularization of the Church was a logical result of the rejection of the dogmas imposed by the fathers in charge of the ossified institutions.

“Ah! race of Abel, your carcass Will fertilize the steaming soil!

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