FREUD ON THE ACROPOLIS
The book is an exploration of the importance of the Acropolis based on two very different experiences. On the one hand, a letter by Sigmund Freud to Romain Rolland’s 70th It is an honest letter about Freud himself in which he describes his experience on the Acropolis – the memory of which regularly haunts him. Trying to overcome his guilt, Freud had to face the brutality of death. The Acropolis as a monument, broken but also standing, reminds us all of a past that still exists despite of all the death surround it. Maybe Freud, in this text and in awe of the Acropolis, asks us to respect his life’s work which still manages to create tension and dispute.
On the other, a dream by Seferis who in 1904, while Freud was facing his own demons on the Acropolis, Seferis was just a boy growing up. In 1970, under the dictatorship, Seferis had a dream – a nightmare – on the Acropolis. What does the Acropolis symbolize, so grandiose on the eyes of its visitors?
Seferis’ nightmare is quite clear and utterly connected to the demise of civilization. Freud’s awe on the other hand, coincides with the Acropolis’ function as well as its place in the history of civilization.