And why they deserve their place in the spotlight

Well-known Greek gods like Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Athena have made numerous appearances in books, movies, games, and other forms of media. Even demi-gods, like Perseus or Hercules, frequently star on the stage of popular culture.

But some Greek gods have been unfairly lost to the wheels of time. Reading the first few verses of Hesiod’s Theogony will make that abundantly clear. That not every character from Greek mythology is remembered equally is hardly surprising: after all, the procreation rate of the Greek gods would have put rabbits to shame. …

Part of the coverimage for the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief.

If you liked reading as a child, there’s a good chance you know the name Rick Riordan. Most famous for his books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, this successful author seems to have realized that turning mythical stories into bestselling novels is a formula of success. After all, human history has produced vast collections of myths to use as inspiration.

This does in no way imply that Riordan does not owe his success to his own talent, which he does, but rather that many of his books have one thing in common: they are inspired by ancient…

The Mythological Roots of Disney’s Hercules

The mythical Twelve Labors of Hercules were used as inspiration for Hercules’ heroics in the Dinsey movie. Source.

The Greek myth of Hercules is not a children’s story. It’s a tale of murder, jealousy, violence and madness. In other words: hardly the kind of adventure a company like Disney would adapt into a kids’ movie.

And yet, through the magic of Disneyfication, the company found a way to do so. For with its animated classic Hercules, Disney successfully turned the brutal Greek myth of Hercules into a family friendly cartoon story.

How did the studio pull this off? Not without making some changes, they didn’t.

For starters, anyone with a basic understanding of Greek mythology knows that Zeus…

Stephen Fry’s Mythos is Remarkably Relatable

The cover of Stephen Fry’s bestselling Mythos.

Stephen Fry’s Mythos, a retelling of many different Greek myths, has become a popular work of modern-day literature. The English author’s humoristic and lively way of retelling these ancient stories proved widely popular. Yet, it’s not just the way Fry tells these stories that wins over so many readers.

The stories themselves seem–in their own way–very relatable, proving that the ancient Greeks who once told these tales are not as far removed from us as we might think. Which is pretty incredible, when you think about it. But does that alone explain Fry’s success?

Old Is Back in Fashion

Fry is a genuine Greek mythology…

How the TV-series Stargate SG-1 combined Norse mythology with Science-Fiction

The alien Thor as he appeared in the TV-Series Stargate SG-1.

Anyone familiar with the ten-season long sciencefiction series Stargate SG-1 knows that its main characters meet many aliens. A fan-favorite among the returning alien characters is Thor, Supreme Commander of the Asgard Fleet.

This small grayish alien leads a technologically superior race called the Asgard, becoming an ally and even friend to our heroes from earth. As the series progresses, viewers get to meet more Asgardians, including Heimdall, Aegir, and Loki.

These names are not just homages or Easter eggs, the show’s writers actually combined these little grey intellectuals from outer space with our ancient earthly belief in the Norse…

The ancient Amazons were hardly superheroes

The symbol of Wonder Woman. (source)

Most people know that the superhero Thor finds his origins in Norse Mythology. However, the fact that Greek mythology also provided a costumed superhero, might be a little less known.

Diana Prince, more commonly known as Wonder Woman, is probably the best known female superhero to date. Created in the 1940’s, she remained a frequent star of various comics, tv-shows and movies. The 2017 movie Wonder Woman is but the latest example of the character’s lasting popularity.

Knowing a bit about the character, or having watched the latest action flicks Diane appeared in, would reveal that she is in fact…

Anne Rozekrans

Anne is a historian with a love for old stories, the older the better! At Pinkerness, Anne focuses on the Greek gods and myths.

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