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Ancient Myths in the Making of Culture

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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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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 University of Lodz in November 2013. The conference was attended by 48 scholars from all around the world, who have presented the papers during the 18 panels. Questions of literary studies, philosophy, linguistics, culture studies, art history, theatre, and cinema were considered and discussed.

This volume consists of the selected articles based on the conference papers, which are divided into the three main chapters: Literature, Visual and Performing Arts and Philosophy and Anthropology. The first chapter is dedicated to the literature which was, and still is, the field of art mainly involved in the “work of myth”. This situation can be obviously explained by the phenomenon of the ancient Greek literature, especially Greek tragedy, which was the first artistic medium for ancient myths and which determined some canonical versions of myths. “The work of myths” regarded as the basic structures of the creative imagination of the Mediterranean culture lays down their vital continuum in all epochs of development of culture until the present day. One may note phenomena of mythical signatures’ transfer in space and time of ancient, modern and postmodern culture. The mythical signatures referring to the mythical figures of heroes and heroines make a group of symbols and signs existing in the collective imaginary and...

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