Phos in Omero: “uomo”, oppure la più antica nozione greca di “persona”?

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Abstract · Phos in Homer: “Man”, or the Most Ancient Greek Notion of “Person”? · The paper proposes a study of term φώς, often interpreted by scholars generically as “man”, or as the designation of man as hero or warrior. On the basis of the proposed analysis of the Homeric attestations, the term should be understood in the sense of a human person, physically considered, plastically characterized by his identity traits. The latter make him recognizable and make him “shine”, according to the most widespread etymology of φώς, that is confirmed here. Thus, we can date back to Homer an anthropological category, related to the idea of the human body in its entirety, which is usually considered much more recent and connected to the term πρόσωπον and to the idea of “mask”.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalQuaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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