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 [...]

My Little Mythical Pony. Reception Studies and Reshaping Childhood (Anna Mik)

My Little Pony in the 1990s
Being a girl born and raised in the 1990s, I remember watching My Little Pony movies on VHS rented from the local video store. Just like beloved Disney animations, Care Bears or Moomins, My Little Pony was a magical escape from the “grey reality” (as we say in Poland). I also remember the first (and sadly, the last) pony I’ve got – one of the most beautiful toys that was ever a part of my childhood collection. I’ve never thought it would become something more Read more [...]

From Ovid to Automata: An interview with screenwriter Sarah Daly (Women in Horror I)

Sarah Daly is an Irish screenwriter, producer and director. She is probably best known for the movies "Lord of Tears" (2013), "The Black Gloves" (2017) and "Automata - The Devil's Machine" (2019) which she created together with director Lawrie Brewster.

While watching "Automata - The Devil's Machine" I noticed several references to the classical world and wrote a little analysis of the movie's classical reception. (Click here to read my analysis.) Afterwards I contacted Sarah Daly Read more [...]

Harry Potter and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Lisa Korbach)

Harry Potter has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena in modern times. What J. K. Rowling wrote in her very first book of the series – “[This boy will] be famous – […] every child in our world will know his name!”[1] – referring to the fictional children in the series, could just as easily be referring to our world today, or as Potterheads like to call it, the muggle world.

The relation of the Harry Potter universe to ancient Greek mythology has been examined Read more [...]

Back to the Future and Oedipus (by David Hogg)

Since David Hogg's great page "Ars Longa. An Index of Every Classical Reference Ever!" will go offline soon, David agreed to move its content to On this page you'll not only see one of his lovely drawings, but also his thoughts on "Back to the Future I":
Back to the Future and Oedipus

Reference: Oedipus

Level: Inferred

Description: It has taken me a long time to see the Oedipal references in this 80s classic and yet when I saw Read more [...]

Classical Reception in „Game of Thrones“ (by David Hogg)

Since David Hogg's great page "Ars Longa. An Index of Every Classical Reference Ever!" will go offline soon, David agreed to move its content to On this page you'll not only see his lovely drawings, but also his thoughts on the TV-show "Game of Thrones":

Game of Thrones: Jamie Lannister

Reference: Aquila

Level: Inferred

Description: Jamie Lannister was the youngest member of the Kingsguard, sworn to protect his king. Read more [...]

Classical Myth and Fantasy in 1970s Animation: Allegro Non Troppo, Metamorphoses and Fantasia (by Chiara Sulprizio)

[Chiara Sulprizio's English article starts after some preliminary remarks in German.]
Preleminary Remark/Vorbemerkungen by Michael Kleu
Chiara Sulprizio hat Classics studiert und eine Doktorarbeit zum Thema “Gender, Space and Warfare in the Early Plays of Aristophanes” geschrieben. Nach Stationen an verschiedenen US-amerikanischen Universitäten lehrt sie nun an der Vanderbilt University. Ihren großartigen Blog Animated Antiquity - Cartoon Representations of Greece, Rome and Beyond kann ich 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 [...]

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 [...]

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