The popular 2019 song “Señorita” utilizes the same idea about love seen in the “Ode to Aphrodite” by the ancient Greek poetess, Sappho: that love’s power is so great, even those who try to escape from it are forced, in the end, to seek it out. How does this trope allow these two works to convey their own unique perspectives on the nature of love?
Black Panther, a superhero film that has taken on a literary and theatrical dimension, borrows from the mythological family sagas of Classical tragedy. A comparison with the Oresteia and Seneca’s Thyestes reveals lessons about overcoming the injustices of the past.
It can be easy to think of ancient stories like the Iliad and the Odyssey as unconnected to our modern world because they come to us from a distant time and mythological reality. But an uncomfortable parallel between the Iliad and Trump’s attacks on a disabled reporter has caused me to re-evaluate my view of the text in light of my own personal experiences.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones, say in a behind-the-scenes video that Arya’s homecoming scene in the latest episode of Game of Thrones was inspired by Odysseus’ return to Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey. But the parallels with the Odyssey in that particular scene are not all that strong.
The new ‘Wonder Woman’ movie provides a goldmine of opportunities to discuss the influence of Classical mythology on modern media. … More
The essential conflict of STARZ’s American Gods is between the Old Gods, who are being weakened as fewer people worship them, and the New Gods of modernity and technology who are rising to dominance. To retain relevance and a source of worship in this rapidly-changing world, Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking, adapts himself to American culture by “franchising” his faith and transforming from the god of fire into the god of firearms.
I am proud to announce that my article, “Playing the Game of History: The Identity of Alexander and the Macedonians … More
As we’re wrapping up 2015 and heading towards a new year, it’s time for an update about the status of … More
This summer, I decided to re-read the entire Odyssey in preparation for my senior thesis project, and I have written several … More
Last time, I wrote about Books 13-16 of the Odyssey. Now we move onto Books 17-20, and as usual, I … More
Time for more about Euripides’ Medea! Last time, we saw that Medea is a woman of extremes, but what drives … More
It’s been awhile since I’ve put up a post about Euripides’ Medea. Previously, I wrote about how Medea counteracts the … More
Last time, we discussed the famous wanderings of Books 9-12, but today we move on to Books 13-16: Book 13: … More
For my senior thesis project, I have decided that I will probably be focusing on the role of food, feasting, and … More
In my previous post about the Odyssey, I shared my thoughts on Books 5-8. Now we move onto Books 9-12, which … More