Jean-Pierre Vernant's scientific contributions

Citations

... Aristotle stressed that theatrical performance involves a skillful imitation of social life and the mythical universe of the gods; Vernant (cf. Georgoudi & Vernant, 1996) consequently argues that this imitation implies a magical evocation of the divine, which in turn may (or may not) lead to a transfiguration of the body of the actor. The gods may 'shine' through the actors and thus become actually present. ...