Booking is now open for our Mythological Panoramas conference, taking place at Senate House, London, on the 4th October 2018. Click here to reserve your place. Check out our programme of wonderful speakers: 9:30-10:00: Registration and Coffee 10:00-10:15: Welcome from the organisers 10.15-11.30: Panel 1: Myth and the City Sayan Skandarajah (The Bartlett School of […]
Civilised garden or fantastical wilderness? These frescoes from the ‘Garden Room’ of the so-called ‘Villa of Livia,’ date to the first century BCE and this room is generally thought to have been painted in around 20 BCE. The room itself was half submerged and was most likely part of a wider system of underground corridors […]
Abigail Walker, Department of Classics, King’s College London, writes about her mythological experience of Iceland. As a Classicist, most of the mythological landscapes I encounter are remote in both time and place, they are lands to which I can never venture and which barely even exist within mortal life experience. But then, I went to […]
This mosaic, found in Palestrina, a town to the east of ancient Rome, dates to around the 1st century BC. It shows a turning point from a cartographic view of landscape to a Roman interest in the exotic potential of Nilotic scenes. The Nile here becomes the focal point around which we see both idyllic […]
Wood-cut print by the Northeast Brazilian contemporary popular poet and artist J. Borges. Such artworks often accompany poetry chapbooks which explore the region’s mythologies, politics, and history.
Flemish cartographer Jodocus Hondius’ 1611 map of the Strait of Magellan. Surrounded by mysterious sea creatures, the large text and compass rose used to fill the great unknown southern landmass show just how little Europeans knew about this region, even almost 100 years after Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe. Library of Congress, Washington DC.
This painting, dating to ca. 1470-1480, depicts the ancient Greek myth of the nymph Daphne who turns into the laurel tree in order to escape the amorous advances of the god Apollo. The story is told most famously in the Latin epic, written in ca. 8 CE by the poet Ovid, called the Metamorphoses. It is […]