In Plutarch’s De defectu oraculorum a mysterious voice announces to a ship’s helmsmanthat «the Great Pan is dead». This enigmatic legend gave rise to two different interpretationscrossing the history of European literatures. The first, concerning ritualismand folklore, connects this episode to the death of vegetations’s God (Tammuz, Adonis)or of another demonic entity. According to the second, common in Christian authors,Pan is the same crucifix Jesus or, on the contrary, the paganism defeated by his death.Gabriele D’Annunzio overturns announcement’s meaning and proclaims that «theGreat Pan is not dead».
|Title of host publication||Sulle orme degli Antichi. Scritti di filologia e di storia della tradizione classica offerti a Salvatore Cerasuolo|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|