A round-up of interesting stuff

A bit since I’ve posted, so here’s some more links that should be of interest.

First of all, I should have recommended long ago the Classical Reception Studies Network. The CRSN promotes all aspects of Classical reception. They are particularly keen for people from outside Classics departments to join them.

On Sphinx, the Bristol Classics blog, Neville Morley, who I was sad couldn’t make the Liverpool conference, writes about Ken MacLeod’s novel The Cassini Division, suggesting the possible influence of Thucydides. I mentioned this to Ken, who told me that he actually hasn’t read Thucydides – but that doesn’t mean that he’s not influenced by the historian’s ideas, since they are thoroughly situated in the cultural zeitgeist.

Over at The Classics Closet, Jarrid Looney writes about Rick Riordan. I’ve finally got around to seeing Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, but have yet to see the sequel.

Liz Gloyn writes rather brilliantly about Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia. This piece has made me think about this novel again, and I shall come back to this when I next write about Lavinia (as I do plan on doing).  Liz’s piece has also sparked some interesting discussion on Twitter.  A version of her paper from the conference will be appearing in Strange Horizons soon.

Our other favourite Liz, Liz Bourke, fulfills her obligation to those who funded her trip to the conference with a piece on Lucian’s True History.

Liz B also draws my attention to the Call for Papers for Supernatural Creatures: from Elf-Shot to Shrek, the Second Łódź Fantastic Literature Conference in Poland. The conference has its own web page.

The BBC has an upcoming Greek fantasy series Atlantis, which begins on 28 September. It’s made by people who had worked on Merlin, but it looks to me aesthetically more like Sky’s ill-fated Sinbad. The ever-reliable Juliette Harrisson has been writing about the show. On Pop Classics, she uses it as a lead on to a post about five awesome women of Greek mythology. On Den of Geek, she reports from the set.

And finally, the Tor/Forge blog, Kendare Blake writes about her novel Antigoddess, a story of dying Greek gods.

6 thoughts on “A round-up of interesting stuff

  1. NevilleMorley

    Certainly not the first time that I’ve spotted influences in an author’s work that can have come only from the wider cultural ether rather than specific reading; the great J.G.Ballard confirmed that he’d never even heard of Fernand Braudel, despite obvious resemblances in their respective takes on the relationship between human time and la longue duree – but did helpfully offer some thoughts on the psychological impact of being in a wartime internment camp as a possible explanation. I really must write that paper one of these days…


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