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La muerte de los héroes
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La muerte de los héroes
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«Contra el olvido, los nombres de los héroes perduran en la red imaginaria de la mitología, y en la literatura que se alimenta de sus historias y recuenta sus hazañas con nuevos acentos». En la mitología griega, la vida de los héroes (Ulises, Jasón, Teseo, Hércules...) es casi siempre un ejemplo de heroísmo, valor e ingenio. Pero ningún libro (del que tengamos noticia) se dedica a recoger y analizar así las muertes de estos personajes míticos: muertes extrañas, azarosas y sorprendentes, que subrayan la fragilidad de la condición heroica. Pocos llegan a viejos, y a menudo encuentran la muerte en alguna emboscada, seducidos por amantes perversas o cruelmente alanceados por la traición o el odio. Con su característica erudición teñida de amor y humor hacia los personajes de los mitos griegos, Carlos García Gual recoge en este breve libro veinticinco muertes míticas, comparando sus versiones literarias y sin olvidarse de las grandes heroínas clásicas, arquetipos femeninos de inquietante actualidad: Clitemnestra, Casandra y Antígona.
«Contra el olvido, los nombres de los héroes perduran en la red imaginaria de la mitología, y en la literatura que se alimenta de sus historias y recuenta sus hazañas con nuevos acentos». En la mitología griega, la vida de los héroes (Ulises, Jasón, Teseo, Hércules...) es casi siempre un ejemplo de heroísmo, valor e ingenio. Pero ningún libro (del que tengamos noticia) se dedica a recoger y analizar así las muertes de estos personajes míticos: muertes extrañas, azarosas y sorprendentes, que subrayan la fragilidad de la condición heroica. Pocos llegan a viejos, y a menudo encuentran la muerte en alguna emboscada, seducidos por amantes perversas o cruelmente alanceados por la traición o el odio. Con su característica erudición teñida de amor y humor hacia los personajes de los mitos griegos, Carlos García Gual recoge en este breve libro veinticinco muertes míticas, comparando sus versiones literarias y sin olvidarse de las grandes heroínas clásicas, arquetipos femeninos de inquietante actualidad: Clitemnestra, Casandra y Antígona.
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  • Carlos García Gual (Palma de Mallorca, 1943), escritor, crítico y traductor, es catedrático de Filología griega en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ha escrito libros y artículos sobre literatura clásica y medieval, filosofía griega y mitología, y es, además, director de la colección Biblioteca Clásica Gredos. Ha traducido numerosos textos clásicos y medievales, recibiendo en dos ocasiones el Premio Nacional de Traducción.
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