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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