The Odyssey versus Oceaniden – A Danish take on the Ancient Myth?

Introduction The Odyssey – a work surrounded by myths almost as legendary as the contents of the story itself. The Odyssey, whose writer remains unknown,[1] has inspired film makers, cartoonists, playwrights, our language, and much more and thusly the work has retained its significance despite being approximately 2800 years old. The Odyssey, therefore, cannot be ignored even in our modern world, and in 2010 the Danish short film Oceaniden (The Oceanid) premiered[2] – a film which partly Read more [...]

The Monster in the Labyrinth – Finding Your Way In and Out of „Inception“

“… often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.”[1]
Classical antiquity has long provided its posterity with a treasure trove of magnificent and unbelievable narratives, characters, myths, and creatures free for the taking. The myths, characters, and narratives can be seen in everything from modern art and literature, to films and advertisements and are thus used for aesthetic, entertainment and economic Read more [...]

Athene McGonagall and the Devine Owl – The Use of Ancient Greek Myths as Imagery in Harry Potter

During the past twenty years or so the world of Harry Potter has enraptured the minds of millions of people, young and old. The masterfully crafted magical universe sparked a world-wide interest in fantasy, magic and myths – an ongoing interest that does not seem to imply a downward trend happening in the near future. The world of Harry Potter is complex, and the parts not invented by author Joanne Rowling lends its themes, characters and narratives from a variety of sources; among Read more [...]

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” Reimagined – The Maze Runner as a Modern Interpretation

Imagine being trapped in a box. You are chained to the floor alongside others in the same situation, but being chained, you cannot see them, and your only sense impression consists of shadows on the wall in front of you. You have no idea of where the shadows are coming from or what is causing their presence. You assume the sounds you hear come from the shadows, as you have no other way of explaining their coherence. You cannot turn around, nor stand. Does this sound like a nightmare? Read more [...]

Harry Potter and the Greek treasure trove – How and why Greek myths were incorporated into a modern magical epic

In ancient Greek the word μῦθος (mythos) simply means word, speech or story, but can also carry the connotations normally associated with the word “myth” today: namely fiction, legend or fable.[1] In recent years books and films alike have provided us with a cornucopia of fantastical tales of gods, heroes and mystical creatures. The genre of fantasy seems to be getting ever more popular, and looking to the future, it appears we still have a lot to look forward to from companies Read more [...]

The Odyssey as told by Monty Python – How Odysseus made his way to 20th century England


References to Classical antiquity can be found everywhere. In fact, our modern world is built around its concepts and ideas, its language, architectural and stylistic elements as well as its stories, myths and characters. Classical antiquity has had such a huge impact on every single following century, that many of the above-mentioned elements have become a natural part of our daily lives – so natural, I believe, that most people probably do not even know they are passing on knowledge Read more [...]

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