Recent Posts

The items featured below reflect recent thinking about the adaptation of classical mythology in the arts. Index numbers throughout this site reference the OGCMA — Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts (OUP 1993).

THE Athens of the South

The big question, the deep thought behind this post is this: What does it mean when a place like Nashville, TN claims to be “THE Athens of the South”? Granted, I have added the emphatic CAPS. Yet, this was the claim in the age of …

Zeus to Utahns: “Dude, titan them chains”

A new PSA from the State of Utah uses a celebrity promo, the Cloud Gatherer himself, to encourage Utahns to try harder to prevent wildfires. — Zeus2.0100_UtahGov The directors of the state’s Fire Sense program know well that road-side fires turn often into large-scale range …

Ada reads Baucis and Philemon into C. Frazier’s Cold Mountain (1997)

The protagonist of Cold Mountain, Ada, reads to Ruby’s kids and to her own nine-year old daughter the story of Baucis and Philemon, a myth of gained paradise. Without any overt acknowledgement of this myth’s approach within the novel, Frazier uses the myth’s telling as …

How Does Andrew Bird Imagine Sisyphus?

———— Post by Sophia Ison* Andrew Bird’s music is often filled with philosophical themes, historical events, current issues, and scientific reference. He also dabbles in exploring classical myths. The folk indie song “Sisyphus”, by whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird, depicts the endless labor of the previously …

Willy Claflin and “Pegamoose”

Willy Claflin’s “Pegamoose and the Gorgonzola Medusa” is a mythological adaptation of the classical myth of Perseus and Medusa, a kind of doggerel pastiche passing familiar details but veering into a novel account of a heroic moose. Whether or not the result is comic brilliance …

Neofotistos’ new-age Andromeda, subduer of fish

The work called “Perseus and Andromeda — a role reversal” reworks the central premise of the familiar moment in the Perseus and Andromeda rescue. Here two nudes participate heroically in the rescue of a victim on a sea-side cliff. A desiccated piscine seamonster rises between the …