“Should Be Running” or “Keep Me Coming”? – The Pursuit of Love from Sappho to “Señorita”

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?


Healing the Wounds of the Past: ‘Black Panther’ and the Lessons of Classical Tragedy

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.

Reflections on Trump, Thersites, and Disability Experiences in the Iliad: Personal Encounters with Classical Texts

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.

Homecomings and Reunions in Game of Thrones: Echoes of the Odyssey?

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.

Worshiping the Gun: The Evolution of Vulcan from Roman Mythology to ‘American Gods’

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.