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Ancient Myths in the Making of Culture


Małgorzata Budzowska and Jadwiga Czerwińska

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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The Myth of Atreides in Letter to Orestes and Supper by Iakovos Kambanellis


The article focuses on the use of Atreides’ myth in two plays by Iakovos Kambanellis, Letter to Orestes and Supper. The differences between Kambanellis’s characters and their equivalents known from mythology are shown and examined. Since the actions of these characters are presented through the prism of modern times and problems, women’s issues in a patriarchal society and family relations between characters known from the myth of Atreides are examined. Attention is paid also to the techniques of metatheatre that Kambanellis used in both of these plays. The author of the article tries to answer the question why metatheatre is used again in relation to mythology.

In the work of Iakovos Kambanellis (1921–2011) mythology always played a very important role. The author in his plays usually referred to the myth of Odysseus1. Among the mythological characters there is one more though, very special to Kambanellis, to whom he gave a lot of sympathy. It is Clytemnestra. Kambanellis wrote two one-act plays about the myth of Atreides: Letter to Orestes (Καμπανέλλης 1994a) and Supper (Καμπανέλλης 1994b), which were both written in the years 1991–1992 and were put on the stage together as the two first parts of a trilogy with the title Supper2.

Kambanellis, in a short note that was attached to the theatrical programme prepared for the first show, wrote that always when he saw the next adaptation or reinterpretation of the myth of Atreides, he felt that Clytemnestra was wrongly assessed or no...

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