Journeys to the Underworld- Greek Myth, Film and American anxiety

A fascinating read, courtesy of the Conversation Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead. Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious MediaPaul Salmond, La Trobe University The success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman, depicting warring Olympians and Amazons, continues to …

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Guide to the classics: Homer’s Iliad

The Greeks defend their ships from the Trojans in Alfred Churchill’s Story of the Iliad, 1911. Wikimedia Chris Mackie, La Trobe University Homer’s Iliad is usually thought of as the first work of European literature, and many would say, the greatest. It tells part of the saga of the city of Troy and the war …

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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, 1913Louise Pryke, Macquarie University As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to love’s …

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Guide to the classics: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Yggdrasil, the tree that supports the world in Norse myth, can be found in America in Neil Gaiman’s mash-up of world religion. StarzThis article was original published on The Conversation Elizabeth Hale, University of New England Fans of Neil Gaiman are having a bountiful year. In February there was the release of his retelling of …

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Origins of WYLT : The Blood Lake Chronicles

Wylt's launch is one week away! Thank you to all of the lovely ARC readers who have given me feedback in time for me to fix a few formatting mistakes so the finished copy is perfect. This blog is going to be as spoiler free as possible but I wanted to share with you how …

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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 Festival, the façade of RMIT’s Storey Hall annex will transform into an illuminated billboard of …

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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 Iceland and all the way to Greenland. The Kraken had a knack for harassing ships …

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