We all need myths. Not only, and not so much, because we like it or because we are passionate about it, but because we all need a frame through which to see ourselves and our present. Myths seduce the imagination, they amaze us, but above all they offers roots to our thinking because, as Jean-Pierre Vernant teaches us, what at first glance would seem "a jumble of bizarre tales” actually rests on extremely deep foundations, thanks to which the Greeks could build their spiritual and material world. Obviously, no one believes that the stories of heroes and gods are literally true, and probably they didn’t fully believe them even in antiquity... that Aphrodite emerged from the waters or Athena was born from the head of Zeus? Nevertheless, all of Western civilization continues to see itself within the intellectual horizon traced almost three thousand years ago by Greek myths. As Andrea Marcolongo argues in his illuminating preface, "the Greek myth still reveals itself today as the perimeter within which we practice the exercise of thought and measure the success or failure of our civilization."
Number of pages: 140
Release date: April 15, 2021.
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