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Title From Ariadne to Medea: The Anthropology of the foreigner. Mythical figures and their multiple reflections and socio-psychological uses, from antiquity till pieces of modern Greek literature.

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«Greek Logos is literary lethal», wrote Hölderlin (Steiner, 2001), referring to the Tragedy and the Word in it, that becomes action, referring to Logos that does not only create the world, but also destroys it. Hölderlin goes on and distinguishes the universal feeling that «words can hurt», from the curses or prophecies in Greek tragedy that can result death, they can tear-apart human flesh. Logos, this way, becomes God and its creator, man, the perpetual Prometheus who, naked upon the rock, will try to sculpture with his nails the Light, using his or her pen like a sword against our common fate of death and surrender. In this paper we examine mythical women as representations of broader social and psychological phenomena that influenced the sense of the Self and the Other, the sense of justice and Injustice, Punishment or Forgiveness, the Sense of Belonging or not Belonging for our kind. More specific we proceed into a comparative analysis between Medea and Ariadne and their multiple reflections and socio-psychological uses, from antiquity till pieces of Greek literature of the present day, exploring what their evolving stories can mirror and project for our changing societies.

Primary author
Eleni Karasavvidou

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helenkapa@gmail.com