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Event #36

Sunday 1 September, 07.00 pm

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Matteo Nucci

Achilles, Odysseus and the truth of the future

According to the ancients, Achilles and Odysseus were two opposite figures. The former was straightforward, spontaneous, direct. The latter was deceptive, prudent, and with tortuous thoughts. Two forms of intelligence, therefore, mainly linked to a different way of living. Achilles is constantly thrown into the present. Odysseus, on the other hand, never stops planning for the future. And yet great souls are full of contradictions. In his eagerness to look beyond, Odysseus' future often appears as a chimera. While Achilles seems to tell us that only by living the present is it possible to build a future. But what to do when the future is broken by an untimely end? At the moment when Achilles, in Hades, will meet Odysseus still alive, we will discover a great truth. A truth which, however, Odysseus did not have the courage to grasp.

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Matteo Nucci was born in Rome in 1970. He is a scholar of ancient thought and editor of a new edition of Plato’s Symposium (Einaudi, 2009). His first novel, Sono comuni le cose degli amici, was finalist at Premio Strega 2010. In 2011 he wrote the novel-essay Il toro non sbaglia mai, published by Ponte alle Grazie. The narrative essay Le lacrime degli eroi (Einaudi, 2013) is about the weeping in homeric poems. In 2017 he wrote the novel È giusto obbedire alla notte (Ponte alle Grazie), also finalist at the Premio Strega. L’abisso di Eros, narrative essay on seduction from Homer to Plato, published by Ponte alle Grazie in 2018. His short stories have been published in main magazines, anthologies and e-books (such as Mai, 2014). He principally works with Il Venerdì di Repubblica and L’Espresso. He takes care of a taurine culture web: www.uominietori.it

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