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

Introduction 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 [...]

Mythkillers 3: The Thief of Tephet-Sheta

Nach den Bänden 1 und 2 geht es bei Mythkillers nun mit "The Thief of Tephet-Sheta" weiter. Hier liegt der Schwerpunkt deutlich auf ägyptischer Mythologie, bevor ganz am Ende noch die nordische Mythologie einfließt. Göttliche Unterstützung: Seth Die Darstellung Seths im Comic Nachdem unsere vier HeldInnen ihn im letzten Band der Reihe verärgert und zu einem Kampf provoziert hatten, gelingt es ihnen nun, den ägyptischen Gott Seth auf ihre Seite zu ziehen. Schließlich ist auch diesem daran 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 fantastischeantike.de. 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 [...]

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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