Mορμώ δάκνει… Morde il babau! Gli spauracchi femminili della Grecia antica. Storie di donne e di dolore

Unconscious fears and the desire to fix specific patterns of behavior find their natural outlet in the myth: Lamia, Empusa, Mormolice, Mormò, Accò, Alfitò and Gellò are unmarried female figures, without children and not subject to male authority. These figures find themselves in an almost subversive position of reality, threatening existing social structures: they become monsters, bogeywomen for children, a symbol of the evil darkness that feed on the fear of those who believe in them. The purpose of the study is to analyze the connection with the historical context of belonging, through reading of ancient literary sources, to identify the causes that have determined their creation and development over the centuries.