PROTEUS. An interpretative database of the Greek and Roman mythical lore

Progetto: Research project

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Description

PROTEUS. An interpretative database of the Greek and Roman mythical lore is designed as a systematic online digitalinterpretative book of Greek and Roman mythical tales. PROTEUS takes its start from the project “Mythical lore. Ananthropology of ancient myth”, funded by the MIUR (PRIN 2010/11). The Units of Palermo (led by Giusto Picone) and Torino (led by Giulio Guidorizzi) will deal with the secondcategory (The community).This project is methodologically rooted in the belief that myth is capable of conveying models of thinking and patterns ofbehaviour particularly important for the cultures that devised, elaborated and transformed it over time.The myths will be arranged into four thematic categories.1. The individual2. The community3. The world4. The gods

Layman's description

The PROTEUS project is methodologically rooted in the belief that mythological tales are not just a specific way of tellingstories on gods and heroes, but also, and principally, a potent tool capable of conveying and handing down models ofthinking and patterns of behaviour particularly important for the cultures that devised, elaborated and transformed it overtime.According to the scientific approach adopted by the research units, myths are considered essentially as conveyors ofmeaning: therefore, in PROTEUS they will be arranged thematically, and the placing of a myth in a certain thematic area ofthe database will follow from a cultural interpretation established by the research units.The thematic organization of the material draws on the criteria usually adopted by the dictionaries of anthropology (whoseentries are often shared by PROTEUS, as in the cases of ‘marriage’, ‘sacrifice’, ‘magic’ etc.) but, surprisingly, never (or onlymarginally) by the dictionaries of classical mythology.

Key findings

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Data di inizio/fine effettiva2/5/162/5/16