Aim of this paper is to investigate the history of female monstrosity in ancient Greek literature in order to recover some archetypal structures of thought concerned with ancient and modern collective consciousness on the evil‟s problem, its nature, its reasons and also its absence of reasons. So, I retrace the „parallel lives‟ of three famous femmes fatales of classic mythology that, placed at turning points of horrific genealogical trees full of „genetic curses‟, are able to form a well defined triptyque of „medallions‟ framed by a fil rouge of uninterrupted monstrosity. Paradigmatic of the ambiguous dialectics between male-female, right-evil, victim-executioner, normality-deviance, and of the uncontrollable dynamics between crimes and punishments, ancestral fears and wish of discovery, good and bad demons, the myths of Lamia, Circe and Empusa highlight the irrational attraction that, in the ancient, so rationalistic, Greek culture, feminine personifications of evil are imagined to move, so as to influence human behaviour in the main seasons of life.

La donna diavolo nella Grecia antica: Lamia, Circe, Empusa e le stagioni della vita umana

IMPERIO, Olimpia
2015

Abstract

Aim of this paper is to investigate the history of female monstrosity in ancient Greek literature in order to recover some archetypal structures of thought concerned with ancient and modern collective consciousness on the evil‟s problem, its nature, its reasons and also its absence of reasons. So, I retrace the „parallel lives‟ of three famous femmes fatales of classic mythology that, placed at turning points of horrific genealogical trees full of „genetic curses‟, are able to form a well defined triptyque of „medallions‟ framed by a fil rouge of uninterrupted monstrosity. Paradigmatic of the ambiguous dialectics between male-female, right-evil, victim-executioner, normality-deviance, and of the uncontrollable dynamics between crimes and punishments, ancestral fears and wish of discovery, good and bad demons, the myths of Lamia, Circe and Empusa highlight the irrational attraction that, in the ancient, so rationalistic, Greek culture, feminine personifications of evil are imagined to move, so as to influence human behaviour in the main seasons of life.
El objetivo de este trabajo es investigar la historia de la monstruosidad femenina en la literatura griega antigua para recuperar algunas estructuras arquetípicas de pensamiento que se ocupan de la antigua y moderna conciencia colectiva sobre el problema del mal, su naturaleza, sus razones y también su falta de razones. De este modo yo repasé las "vidas paralelas" de tres famosas mujeres fatales de la mitología clásica que, colocadas en puntos decisivos de árboles genealógicos horribles llenas de 'maldiciones genéticas', son capaces de formar un tríptico bien definido de "medallones" enmarcados por un fil rouge de la monstruosidad ininterrumpida. Paradigmático de la dialéctica ambigua entre hombre-mujer, bien-mal, víctima-verdugo, normalidad-desviación, y de las dinámicas incontrolables entre los crímenes y los castigos, miedos ancestrales y deseo de descubrimiento, demonios buenos y malos, los mitos de Lamia, Circe y Empusa destacan la atracción irracional que, en la cultura griega antigua, tan racionalista, las personificaciones femeninas del mal son imaginadas moviéndose, con el fin de influir en la conducta humana en las principales etapas de la vida.
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