Category Archives: Mythology

Egypt had history while Greece had myth

This is a theme I’ve written on before, but I can’t shake the wonderment I have of the sheer bulk of ancient history — especially ancient Egypt! This bulk was brought home to me again today while perusing the appendices … Continue reading

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If finding an academic job fails…

When I was in the gift shop of the Capitoline Museums, there was this American (presumably from USA?) guy trying to get the cashier – who was on the phone – to answer a query of his. His question was … Continue reading

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Books of 2013

In 2013 I finished 86 books. Most of these I also started in 2013, but not all. My list includes all 86, however; I justify this because the books I started in an earlier year are not counted in that … Continue reading

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The Nibelungenlied: Variations

In April I was walking through the Universitätsbibliothek here in Tübingen and saw that there was a little display about the Nibelungs there, including some really fake-looking treasure to represent the hoard of the Nibelungs. I looked through it, at … Continue reading

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The fun of Norse myths

My first morning in Tübingen, I was breakfasting with the Akiyamas. They had hospitably allowed me to stay with them my first night because I couldn’t move into my room yet. Kengo asked me, ‘What book are you reading?’ — … Continue reading

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Mythology through literature

The title of this post is the name of a course my wife, Jennifer, was able to take in her fourth year of undergrad at the University of Ottawa. I, sadly, was only there part-time at that stage, taking naught … Continue reading

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Ancient Egypt and the Quest for Immortality

Last night I watched the second and final episode of Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings hosted by Dr Joann Fletcher. You can read my review of episode one here. In this episode, we learned … Continue reading

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Beowulf and The Hobbit III: On Hero-Stories (with reference to Joseph Campbell)

Yesterday I got a library discard of John Gardner’s Grendel for 50p. And then I realised that I wasn’t done this series on Beowulf and The Hobbit. If you haven’t been around for the whole ride, we began with Beowulf … Continue reading

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Augustine and the lesser gods of ancient Rome

I am auditing a class on St Augustine of Hippo, most especially to get my mind around his Christology so I can comment on Leo’s intelligently. Nonetheless, all sorts of other interesting things are arising on the way (so far, … Continue reading

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A Grimm Day

I just learned from today’s very fun and interactive Google doodle (which you should go and check out, pronto) that it is the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s Kinder- und Hausmärchen, more … Continue reading

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