La risposta di Ulisse a Calipso
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Ulysses’ answer to Calipso
Ulysses’ refusal to Calipso, which promised to make him immortal, should be read as the realization that only the state of weakness, lack and poverty allows us to experience good and beautiful things. In the same way, the state of fragility, of inevitable degradation with the passage of time, makes our monuments true wounded witnesses of our past. From this point of view, their fragility implies the need for our care, a cure that repairs, as a mending technique to heal the wounds of being there. These ideas also return to the other events of the Odyssey, as at the end of the long adventure when Ulysses, once he returned to Ithaca, wants to restore the previous situation, to resume the past that has already passed. However, the irreversibility of the elapsed time opposes this. Ithaca is no longer the same, a new start is needed.