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Author(s): Deserto, Jorge
Title: A incerta viagem dos mitos e das mulheres que neles vivem: a reinvenção de Helena
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Ancient Greeks based much of their identity and of their culture, and of their literature on a set of narratives, varied, multiform, able to include all human experience. To these narratives we usually call myths. It is on them that relies the strength and variety of Greek literature, from Homer to the tragedy, from the lyric poets to the historians and the philosophers. These were stories of incredible plasticity, constantly told and retold, always ready to take on new forms and different versions, in a constant dialogue with themselves. In this paper, I deal with this reinvention capacity, taking as example the figure of Helen (in Homer, in Stesichorus, in Euripides, in Herodotus), perhaps the one, from all the mythological characters, which saw her history written in more different ways. If today we continue to write and rewrite the Greek myths, this may happen perhaps because the Greeks themselves understood that was the right way of dealing with them, to reinvent them continuously.
Description: Os antigos Gregos assentaram grande parte da sua identidade e da sua cultura, e da sua literatura num conjunto de narrativas, variadas, multiformes, capazes de incluir toda a experiência humana. A essas narrativas costumamos chamar mitos. É sobre elas que assenta a força e a variedade da literatura grega, de Homero à tragédia, dos poetas líricos aos historiadores e aos filósofos. Eram narrativas de uma incrível plasticidade, permanentemente contadas e recontadas, sempre prontas a assumirem novas formas e diferentes versões, num incessante diálogo consigo mesmas. Neste texto, abordo esta capacidade de reinvenção a propósito da figura de Helena (em Homero, em Estesícoro, em Eurípides, em Heródoto), talvez aquela, de entre as figuras mitológicas, que mais viu refeita a sua história. Se hoje continuamos a reescrever os mitos gregos, talvez isso aconteça porque os próprios Gregos já entendiam que essa era a forma indicada de lidar com eles: reinventá-los continuamente.
Subject: Critica literária, Línguas e literaturas
Literary criticism, Languages and Literature
Scientific areas: Humanidades::Línguas e literaturas
Humanities::Languages and Literature
URI: https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/86844
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional
Rights: openAccess
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