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 Lodz (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.
Malgorzata Budzowska is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Classical Philology of the University of Lodz (Poland). She holds a PhD in Classical Philology and a MA in Theatre Studies. Her main research interests include the reception of ancient tragedies in contemporary theatre, modern and postmodern adaptation of ancient dramas as well as the theory of emotions. She is the author of the monograph Phaedra. Ethics of Emotions in the Tragedies of Euripides, Seneca and Racine. Jadwiga Czerwinska is an Associate Professor at the University of Lodz (Poland) and Head of the Chair of Ancient Drama and Theatre at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland). Besides she is Head of the Laboratory of Reception of Ancient Literature. Her main research interests lie in the tragedies of Euripides and in Greek philosophy. Currently, she is involved in the research project Ancient Drama and Theatre in the Works of Scholiasts.
Contents: Antoni Bobrowski: Some Aspects of the Homerkritik in Ancient Literary Tradition - Roberta Franchi: Hercules at the Crossroads: Sources, Models, and Variations - Jadwiga Czerwinska: The Myth of Helen of Troy and Its Transformations in the Dramas by Euripides - Damian Pierzak: A Reading of Greek Myth in Cicero's Speeches. The Case of Medea - Soledad Llano Berini: The Use of Myths in Humanisitc Satire. The Example of Antonio Vinciguerra - Katarzyna Chizynska: Telemach(us) - Telmah - Hamlet. The Myth of Telemachy in the Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Raffaele Ruggiero: Orpheus' Myth in Vico - Agata Buda: The Time and Space of Antiquity in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Tiziana Ottaviano: Gabriele D'Annunzio and Apollo - Tomasz Kaczmarek: Cain, or the Secularization of Myth - Katarzyna Wojtysiak-Wawrzyniak: Juan Antonio Castro Tauromachy. Between the Myth and the Art of Corrida - Maria Judyta Wozniak: `Exiled Arcadians' - Presence of Myth in the Poetry of Antonio Colinas and Zbigniew Herbert - Dorota Jedras: The Myth of Atreides in Letter to Orestes and Supper by Iakovos Kambanellis - Maria Pavlou: Mythical and Sartrian Influences in Yannis Ritsos' The Fourth Dimension - Anna Zaorska: About the Politicization of the Antigone Myth by Rolf Hochhuth - Victoria Yefymenko: The Myth of the Minotaur in Postmodern Narrative Space - Justyna Biernat: Mythical Transformations. (A)Pollonia, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski towards Ancient Tradition - Malgorzata Budzowska: Ancient Myth in Postmodern Theatre - Monika Wasik: Odyssey Europe. Contemporary German Theatre and the Problem of Immigration - Agnieszka Liszka-Drazkiewicz: The Story of Orestes as a Reflection of the Transformations of Modern Society in Pylades by Pier Paolo Pasolini - Anna Miller-Klejsa: The Night of the Shooting Stars - in the Circle of Myths and Fairy Tales - Karolina Prymlewicz: Narcissus - from Myth to Treatise. Andre Gide's Theory of Symbol - Vassiliki Malatra: The Transmission of the Zodiac Signs from the Eastern to the Western World: the Case of the Wall-Paintings in Tavant, France - Agnieszka Gralinska-Toborek: An Empty Myth - the Aesthetic Reception of Antiquity in Contemporary Art - Joanna Slosarska: Polish Reception of the Myth of Artemis and Acteon based on Selected Examples - Damian Stocking/Sidney Mitsunaga-Whitten: The "Myth-ing" Link: The Postmodern Community and Classical Myth in John Barth's Menelaiad - Elizavetta Koemets: Grimly Reaping: Melancholy and the Creative Harvest - Adriana Grzelak-Krzymianowska: The Nine Muses and Their Modern Existence - Artur Galkowski: Mythonyms as the Key to Mythological Phraseology: An Interlinguistic Approach - Francoise Lecocq: The Dark Phoenix: Rewriting An Ancient Myth in Today's Popular Culture.