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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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Mythical and Sartrian Influences in Yannis Ritsos’ The Fourth Dimension



The paper focuses on one of Yannis Ritsos’ finest and most mature achievements: The Fourth Dimension. The collection consists of 17 sustained dramatic monologues, most of which draw on Ancient Greek tragic myth. As I argue, Ritsos’ stance towards ancient Greek myths should be examined not only through a biographical lens − as the poet’s attempt to talk about personal experiences and mischief in an allegorical way − but also through the filter of major 20th century political and intellectual trends, more particularly Sartrian existentialism. Ritsos’ ‘Agamemnon’ is used as a case-study.

The Fourth Dimension

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