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

Introduction 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 [...]

The Hospitality Quest: The Homeric Odyssey and Tolkien’s „The Hobbit“ (Gastbeitrag Hamish Williams)

The socioreligious ritual of hospitality has long been regarded as an important component in our proper understanding of the Homeric Odyssey. One might turn, in this regard, to Steve Reece’s important monograph The Stranger’s Welcome (1993), which lists the typical elements of the Homeric reception scene (he lists over thirty-five repeatable [sub]elements). Scholars such as Reece and Glenn Most have illustrated how the epic poem presents different models of hospitality: from Telemachus’ benevolent Read more [...]

Oedipus, Bilbo Baggins and Atreyu – Deadly riddles and Sphinxes in Greek Mythology, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and Michael Ende’s “The Neverending Story”

[This article of mine has first been published on Antipodean Odyssey.] When Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of J.R.R.Tolkien’s  The Hobbit or There and Back Again (1937), got lost in the cave system and tunnels of the Misty Mountains, he found by chance – or rather by fate – the One Ring, a powerful magical artefact crafted by the evil entity Sauron a long time previously. Shortly afterwards, Bilbo met the strange creature Gollum, who challenged him to a game of riddles. If Bilbo won the Read more [...]

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

Introduction 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 [...]

H.P. Lovecraft meets the Bronze Age – Designing Ancient Horror (Gastbeitrag von Philip Boyes)

[The English text begins after a short introduction in German] Philip Boyes forscht an der University of Cambridge, wo er sich mit dem östlichen Mittelmeerraum und besonders der Levante in der späten Bronze- und der frühen Eisenzeit, Handel und kulturelle Interaktion sowie der Archäologie von Schriftsystemen widmet. Nachdem er sich in seiner Doktorarbeit mit dem Thema ‘Social Change in “Phoenicia” in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age transition’ vom 13. bis 10. Jh. v.Chr. beschäftigt Read more [...]

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

Introduction 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 [...]

A New Way to “Engage”? Gilgamesh in Star Trek … and Beyond (Gastbeitrag von Louise M. Pryke)

[The English text begins after a short introduction in German] Louise M. Pryke lehrt an der Macquarie University Sidney Sprachen und Literatur des antiken Israels. In ihrer Doktorarbeit untersuchte sie die diplomatische Korrespondenz zwischen den Pharaonen des Neuen Reiches mit ihren Repräsentanten in der Levante. Zu ihren Forschungsinteressen zählen die Sprachen und Literatur des antiken Israels, altorientalische Religionen, Mythen, Epen und Erzählungen sowie die hebräische Bibel, die Göttin Read more [...]

Classical Trek – 4000 years of boldly going (Gastbeitrag von Daniel B. Unruh)

[The English text begins after a short introduction in German] Daniel B. Unruh ist ein britischer Althistoriker, der sich hauptsächlich mit der Entwicklung des politischen und sozialen Denkens in der antiken griechischen Welt befasst. In diesem Rahmen beschäftigt er sich u.a. mit monarchischen Herrschaftsformen wie dem Königtum und der Tyrannis sowie der Frage nach der Interaktion der Bürger griechischer Stadtstaaten mit auswärtigen Alleinherrschern. Zu seinen weiteren Forschungsfeldern zählen Read more [...]

Antikenrezeption in den Tiefen der Ozeane – Die Nektons [The Deep] (Gastbeitrag)

[The English text begins after a short introduction in German] Heute widmen wir uns im zweiten Gastbeitrag auf diesem Blog einer Geschichte, auf die ich erst durch Elizabeth Hales sehr interessanten Blog Antipodean Odyssey - Explorations in Children's Culture and Classical Antiquity aufmerksam geworden bin. Da die Autorin selbst in ihrem weiter unten folgenden Beitrag in inhaltlicher Hinsicht alles Notwendige über das Comic und die zugehörige TV-Serie sagt, möchte ich diesbezüglich nicht viel Read more [...]

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