Γκάουτσο : η πραγματικότητα ενός μύθουPart of : Παρνασσός ; Vol.ΜΔ, No.1, 2002, pages 151-172
Gaucho : The reality of a myth
The author examines the evolution of the term “gaucho” in the frame of Latin American history and culture. Used initially to describe the ox-hunters of early 19th century Argentina and Uruguay, the term “gaucho” evolved in such a way as to designate the brave and lonesome men who used to err in the desert lands of Argentina, seeking adventure and fortune in the margins of legality. The romantic, albeit controversial, figure of the gaucho, attached to his horse, his code of honor and the rules of nomadic life, became the symbol of a certain kind of “barbarie”, but also of civilization. Hence the creation of an attractive yet ambiguous modern literary myth cultivated by several Latin American writers.