Fantasy & Gothic Blog

The Myths of Babylon and Egypt: Animals

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Animals play key roles in the myths and legends of many cultures around the world. In Babylon and Ancient Egypt animals can be found in multiple forms throughout art and religious worship. Often these creatures will be part animal, part human or comprised of many different animals. Sometimes certain characteristics are prescribed to an animal that causes it to be considered either evil or holy. In this blog post we’re going to take a look at a couple of examples of this from Egyptian and Babylonian culture.

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Topics: myths and legends, egyptian myths, myths of babylon

Destiny, Female Thor, and the Evolution of Ancient Lore

Posted by Matt Knight

Following Marvel's recent announcement that Thor will now permanently be a woman in the superhero universe, there was some surprise from onlookers. The change is intended to bring a larger female readership to the comic behemoth by speaking directly to an audience 'that long was not the target for superhero comic books.' 

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Topics: fantasy art, myths and legends

Fantasy Fiction to Big Screen: Hercules

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Hulking hero Hercules is one of the most popular figures to come out of Greek mythology. He has had several incarnations over the years, being presented in literature and more recently TV and film to great success. Summer blockbuster Hercules, featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, is due out at the end of this week, and it has prompted me to think about some of the memorable portrayals over the years.

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Topics: myths and legends

Fantasy Fiction: Theseus and the Minotaur

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Greek mythology is full of gods, monsters and supernatural events – much like any other fantasy fiction. Popular tale 'Theseus and the Minotaur' is getting a retelling in BBC's latest fantasy adventure, based in the city of Atlantis. This brilliant show is bringing to life all sorts of Greek myths with a dash of humour, interesting character dynamics and plenty of action.

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Topics: greek myths, myths and legends

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