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Geographies of Myth and Places of Identity: The Strait of Scylla and Charybdis in the Modern Imagination
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Geographies of Myth and Places of Identity: The Strait of Scylla and Charybdis in the Modern Imagination (Hardback)

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In the Western imagination, the Strait of Messina conjures images of ancient Greece, picturesque South Italy and the mythical Scylla and Charybdis. This volume explores the ways in which classical myths continue to shape how the Strait is perceived today, influencing selectively philhellenic constructions of heritage and enticing locals to celebrate the landscape of the Odyssey, appropriate Homer as their fellow citizen, and purport themselves as the heirs of the Greeks and original Westerners, at the expense of their more diverse identities in the Mediterranean and beyond.

Homer set the tale of Ulysses facing two fearsome marine monsters in the Strait between Calabria and Sicily, and since then it has preserved its mythical significance within a Mediterranean playground of such landmarks. Travellers and tourists have played Ulysses by re-enacting his journey since the Grand Tours, while scholars and explorers have explained myths as metaphors of marine whirlpools and animals, and artists have refashioned them in the cultures of fantasy and horror. Tracing the reflections of the Strait as a landmark of Greek antiquity within different iconographical traditions, Marco Benoit Carbone develops a historical and ethnographic treatment of how landscape and heritage become sites of memory and identity. The volume explores in particular how the real village of Scilla has become a place-myth in contemporary imagination and media-a chronotope, elsewhere in space and time, defined chiefly by its literary aura in connection with the region's ancient heritage.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEClassical history / classical civilisationHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Reference & ResearchMuseums & museology Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 04/11/2021 ISBN-13: 9781350118188  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Marco Benoit Carbone is a Lecturer at Brunel University, London, UK. He specialises in cultural and media history and in ethnographic methods of social research.

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