Understanding The Epic of Gilgamesh: History, Philosophy, Evolution — Discourses on Minerva

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest work of extant literature in the world.  The text was discovered in the nineteenth century and patched together into a working piece of literature and is a foundational read in any mythology or ancient Near East class.  It is also an ancient tale we are all familiar with: […]

Understanding The Epic of Gilgamesh: History, Philosophy, Evolution — Discourses on Minerva

What is „Mythology“? — Discourses on Minerva

Myth simply means story, or proclamation.  More specifically, myths are usually origin stories—detailing the beginning of a people and often implying a destiny.  As stories, myths are old but nothing new, per se.  Myths persist all around us.  New myths are crafted, and old myths discarded.  It is this dialectical process of myths being replaced […]

What is „Mythology“? — Discourses on Minerva

The Green Knight- mediaeval faery mystery… — British Fairies

Although I’ve had the film sitting on Amazon Prime since the start of the year, I’ve only just got round to watching The Green Knight– and then only because I was given it as a DVD (yes, indeed) for my birthday last month. Anyway, it’s a good film- if strange- and though only bears a […]

The Green Knight- mediaeval faery mystery… — British Fairies

Roman Religion: Politics and Sacrifice — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

There was no clear distinction between religion and politics for the ancient Romans (1).  The state expended its resources on the celebration of rituals and festivals. State festivals were great occasions accompanied by parades and especially so after a military victory when the victorious general dressed as the god Jupiter and entered the city accompanied by […]

Roman Religion: Politics and Sacrifice — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

Why does the devil have horns and hooves? | Live Science — Tom Metcalfe

Satan is often shown in popular depictions with horns on its head, furry legs and cloven hooves of a goat. But just why is the devil depicted with horns and hooves? It turns out that historians don’t agree on when this depiction of the devil became popular and where it came from. The devil’s appearance […]

Why does the devil have horns and hooves? | Live Science — Tom Metcalfe

The Origin of the Term “Swan Song” — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Aelian, History of Animals 2.32 “The Swan, which the poets and many prose authors make an attendant to Apollo, has some other relationship to music and song I do not understand. But it was believed by those before us that the swan died after he sang what was called its “swan-song”. Nature truly honors it more…

The Origin of the Term “Swan Song” — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

The Hidden Roots of Theology and Eschatology in Political Utopianism — Discourses on Minerva

Ben Jones. Apocalypse without God: Apocalyptic Thought, Ideal Politics, and the Limits of Utopian Hope. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2022. In his famous work, The Pursuit of the Millennium (1957), Norman Cohn declared, “revolutionary millenarianism and mystical anarchism are with us still.” Cohn’s assertion followed the preceding decade of scholarship on the so-called secular […]

The Hidden Roots of Theology and Eschatology in Political Utopianism — Discourses on Minerva

Was Loki a Christian Invention? — Whispers of Yggdrasil

A few more details on the figure of Loki, and its liminal character and transgressive behaviour, and hopefully, once and for all, this can settle the misconception of Loki having been a Christian creation. Bibliography and suggested sources at the end of this video. You can find all of my social media networks at this […]

Was Loki a Christian Invention? — Whispers of Yggdrasil

Happy Halloween: Werewolves in Greek and Roman Culture — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

full speed down a lykanthropic rabbit-hole in the annual tradition. Did the Wolf Win or Lose this Fight?Here are the sources I’ve gathered in rough chronological order. Most of the material is mentioned in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, although the entry says nothing about the medical texts. Herodotus’ Histories: A Description of the Neuri, a tribe…

Happy Halloween: Werewolves in Greek and Roman Culture — SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

A Transylvanian in Ireland: Dracula’s Celtic Roots — Myth Crafts

So, What’s In A Name? Sometimes, what was an odd bit of cultural theorizing becomes mainstream; C.K., or common knowledge as it’s known in academic circles. A recent example: the notion that Mary Magdalene, companion of Jesus Christ, was in reality his wife, and carried his unborn child to France. This was originally theorized in […]

A Transylvanian in Ireland: Dracula’s Celtic Roots — Myth Crafts