Delos´ homecoming?



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Nostos means a longed-for homecoming. The premise of the narrative of such a return is that the hero/heroine finds himself in a foreign country from where he/she is trying to get back. However, in addition to returns, there is also a narrative of "anti-return" in ancient literature, as represented by Virgil's Aeneis. Aeneas leaves his old home to find a new one whose glory surpasses all expectations and changes the existing order of the world. But it is not only the heroes who can contribute to a new world order in their newfound home, where they have arrived after long wanderings. Location can also play such a role. A prominent example of this kind is Delos in the hymn of Callimachus dedicated to that very isle. The island wanders vaguely in the sea at first so that no one knows in advance where it will be seen. But when it defies the threats of the goddess Hera, who incidentally drives various other geographical entities (rivers, mountains, islands...) from their homes, it gains anchorage and a special significance as an island dedicated to the god Apollo. The presentation showed the different aspects of the island's wandering before it became Delos and the consequences of the isle finding its new home.
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