As we know, Ulysses’ shipwreck, as imagined by Dante in canto XXVI of Hell, has no relationship with Homer’s Odyssey in which, instead, in Book XII, the very famous shipwreck of Scylla and Charybdis is described, in which only Ulysses survived, losing all his companions. In the Odyssey we read that Ulysses and his men, during their voyage back from the Trojan War, were moored on the island of the sorceress, Circe, and remained there for about a year. Once they had set off again [...]
Umberto Saba (Trieste, 1883-1957) was one of the major Italian poets of the 20th century. In the poem “Ulysses”, published in the collection Mediterranee of 1946, he is «the questing seeker, derived from the heroic figure in the twenty-sixth canto of Dantes Inferno, committed to a lifelong pursuit of self-knowledge». Ulisse Nella mia giovinezza ho navigato lungo le coste dalmate. Isolotti a fior d'onda emergevano, ove raro un uccello sostava intento a prede, coperti d'alghe, scivolosi, al sole belli come smeraldi. Quando l'alta marea e la notte li annullava, [...]
The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland is an opera set by Claudio Monteverdi to a libretto by Giacomo Badoaro. The opera was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1639–1640 carnival season.