for Francesca [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: In principio erat via: In the beginning was the road. (1) With a slight twist of the solemn beginning of the Gospel of John [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: In principio erat Verbum: In the beginning was the Word), I would surmise that travel, be it an individual's geographical displacement or the sum of the migrations of faceless masses of human beings throughout the millennia, is at the source of the human experience. It is one of the most elemental activities, almost as basic as the act of breathing. Hodos (or via: way, road, voyage), in fact, seems to possess, mutatis mutandis, some of the multifarious characteristics of the Christian Logos. We won't go so far as to alter the same verse of John's Gospel and state that [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], Deus erat via (God was the road), we know, however, that a few pages later, in the same text, Christ calls himself [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], via (Ego sum via, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: I am the way, John 14:6). Thus we know that the Logos is also the hodos, as the way (back) to the Word that was (in) the beginning. This divine cycle, twisted--admittedly--with a slight hermeneutical legerdemain, will haunt the readers of this issue of Annali d'italianistica.