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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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Polish Reception of the Myth of Artemis and Acteon based on Selected Examples


This article consists of six sub-chapters: 1. An introduction to the oldest version of the myth of Artemis and the later reception of the figure of Artemis; 2. The subject of the relationship between the literary trail of metamorphosis and the experience of metanoia. 3. B. Leśmian, ‘Akteon’ –the myth of Artemis and Actaeon as a prefiguration of the experience of metanoia; placing the poetic vision between the Greek tradition and the Christian one. 4. A. Lange, ‘Akteon’ – I present the amplifications of the myth of Artemis (the vision of the Ephesian Artemis) and Actaeon’s transformation. 5. L. Brywczyński, ‘Artemis Hunting. A Drama in One Act’ – the function of a clash of various aesthetic conventions, leading to an oscillation between the comedy and the tragedy, the ritualization and profanation of an archaic myth. 6. Conclusions: the analysis of the myth of Artemis (as a guardian of childbirth) and Actaeon in the perspective of the anthropology of the body.


A metonymic expansion of the name of the Temple of Ephesus allows for the Artemision to be perceived as a collection of the texts of culture centred around the Aegean goddess. The inductive nature of the myth of Artemis was initiated with the topos of the killer with a golden bow. In the most ancient tradition, Artemis and her brother Apollo (the Destroyer and the Killer) constituted together, as justified by Ignacy Danka, a hypostasis of the primary asexual power to inflict violent...

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