Category Archives: Research

Friday essay: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

Ali Alizadeh, Monash University One need not be a parent of a young child, as I am, to be conscious of the full-blown resurgence of the superhero in contemporary popular culture. Beyond the dizzying proliferation of fetishised merchandise to do … Continue reading

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We humans are the stories we tell ourselves -The Narrative Ape

Source: The Narrative Ape A great blog today via Curtis Craddock for Tor/Forge Blog! Written by Curtis Craddock I am. It’s the shortest story in the English language. It’s really the root of all stories and, by extension, the act of … Continue reading

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Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

Ishtar (on right) comes to Sargon, who would later become one of the great kings of Mesopotamia. Edwin J. Prittie, The story of the greatest nations, 1913 Louise Pryke, Macquarie University As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a … Continue reading

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Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh

Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh explores what it means to be human, and questions the meaning of life and love. Wikimedia Commons This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article Louise Pryke, … Continue reading

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Christianity, Qumran and a relationship of Assimilation- An Essay

Note: This is an essay I recently completed for my university unit on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was a fascinating subject and highly recommend it if you enjoy Ancient History. Since Solomon Schechter first discovered The Damascus Document in … Continue reading

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The female werewolf and her shaggy suffragette sisters

    This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jazmina Cininas, Lecturer in Fine Art, Printmaking, RMIT University – Check out her incredible artwork here on her website As Melbourne lights up for tomorrow’s White Night … Continue reading

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The real-life origins of the legendary Kraken

Original article on The Conversation by Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador –PhD student in Paleontology, University of Tubingen The Kraken is perhaps the largest monster ever imagined by mankind. In Nordic folklore, it was said to haunt the seas from Norway through … Continue reading

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