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Cologne Mythological Network

After a preparatory meeting in February 2019, the international research group "Cologne Mythological Network" was established with the aim of bringing together scholars with different academic backgrounds who share a common interest in myth and mythology. 

The first outcome of the group’s work has been the research seminar series Ancient Myths in Modern Art: Comparative Perspectives on Micro- and Macro-Structures, organized by Historical-Comparative Linguistics (Prof. Anna Bonifazi) and Comparative Literature (Prof. Joachim Harst). The research seminar series has not only brought together speakers from different departments of the University of Cologne, but also from other academic institutions in Cologne, as well as from other parts of Germany and Europe. 

The group is currently planning further events dealing with myth and mythology, maintaining its highly interdisciplinary perspective and international character; anyone interested in past and future activities and events may contact Riccardo Ginevra and Penelope Kolovou, coordinators of the group.


02.12.2020 | 18:00 Uhr über Zoom 

Im Rahmen des Cologne Mythological Network wird Erika Weiberg (Duke University) einen Gastvortrag halten. 

The Writing on the Mind:

Deianeira’s Trauma in Sophocles’ Women of Trachis

Almost every Greek tragedy features a wound. Oedipus’ gouged-out eyes are among the most memorable, but there are many other varieties: combat wounds, animal bites, and even emotional wounds. This last type of trauma dominates the events of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, which dramatizes the connection between Deianeira’s emotional pain and the physical pain of her husband, Heracles. Over the course of the play, Deianeira narrates the chronic pain and anxiety she feels during Heracles’ cyclical absences, as well as a past incident of sexual violence that continues to affect her even many years later. Drawing on modern trauma research, this talk argues that Sophocles’ Women of Trachis depicts the struggle of putting words to these types of emotional wounds.

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