Fantasy authors successfully rework myths, fairy tales and folklore into stories that resonate with the contemporary world. – Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, Quartzy. More:
Madeline Miller’s retelling of classical myth in her novel, Circe, draws praise from classicist Emily Wilson. “What she’s doing is partly about gender, but it’s also addressing a bigger question about power, and the abuse of power.” – Alexandra Alter, NYT. More:
War veterans are finding that ancient epics give them the language to cope. Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart. Toxic combat experiences narrated in Homer’s Iliad (800 B.C.E.) appear similar to those reported by current military veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More:
It’s hard to believe now, but women learning the classics was a genuine threat to male power. Against this long background of misogyny and fear, it is surprising, but not astonishing, that the first English translation of the Odyssey by a woman has only now come out. – Annalisa Quinn, NPR. More:
The thought that a Buttercup could morph over time into an Antiope is perhaps the greatest comfort of all, in a world where women’s roles are often limited and limiting. Let us be princesses, but let us be generals too. Let us live in stories made to heal, but also in stories made to marshal bravery, fortitude, and wisdom. — Emily Asher-Perrin, Tor.com. Read More:
Siduri, goddess of beer, urged the hero Gilgamesh to enjoy life’s simple pleasures — the company of loved ones, good food and clean clothes — perhaps an example of Mesopotamian mindfulness. — Louise Pryke, Macquarie University, The Conversation. Read More:
Tolkien’s book The Hobbit was released in 1937, a couple of months before Snow White hit theaters. Both works highlighted a gaggle of dwarves as major supporting characters, but they could hardly have been more different. – Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura. Read More:
James Cameron provides audiences with a rich film experience by using all three levels of brain stimulation simultaneously: biological stimulus, social emotion, and intellectual metaphor. – Mike Hill, Film & Game Concept Designer.
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