Aretusa e altre ninfe d'acqua: rifrazioni mitiche della giusta maniera d'amare

Sonia Macrì


One of the recurring elements of the mythic landscape is the spring, whose appearance is linked to the fate of a series of female figures. Greek and Roman literature abound in stories of human and divine girls, who are the protagonists of plots based on the theme of erotic transgression and who meet their ends by being transformed into the liquid. In an anthropological perspective, I focus on these stories to examine the power of myth which refracts meanings and cultural practices in narrative contexts, and to highlight the action of myth which redefines geographical space.

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