The incredible trailer for the Chinese action fantasy League of Gods makes it seem like a straightforward tale of good versus evil, etc.—until you discover its main hero is a talking baby. But there’s a good reason for that, as we learned when we interviewed the film’s director and the VFX supervisor, who also told…
I know in the Venn diagram of “science fiction lovers” and “classic Greek and Roman literature,” there’s not exactly a ton of overlap. But for those like myself who are fans of both, or for those who enjoy taking a more scholarly examination of scifi, have I got a book for you.
Concept artist Nathaniel Anderson has illustrated a really cool graphic called Bestiary Alphabetum, which puts together a mythological creature with a corresponding letter of the alphabet.
Not every religion has a version of hell, but if they do, it’s generally not a nice place. It’s where the evil and unjust go to suffer, and the worse they are, the more elaborate their punishments can be. Here are 10 awful (but extremely creative) ways to spend the afterlife.
The heroes are the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero? Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the Greeks had the strangest, coolest, most terrifying monsters mythology had to offer — here is a baker's dozen of the best.
If you're a lover of Greek mythology like me, you've been constantly disappointed whenever anybody tries to depict Zeus, Hercules or their ilk on screen, because these movies and TV shows are always terrible. Based on this first trailer, Syfy's Olympus does not appear to be an exception.
Egyptian mythology has a lot of gods. Some of them have loomed large in pop culture and the public imagination: Ra, Apophis, Anubis, Isis, Bast, Osiris, etc. Some are far more obscure. But that in no way diminishes how scary they are. Here are 10 absolutely terrifying Egyptian gods that you might not have heard of.
We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies — here are a few of the more important ones.
Exactly how much the Bible intersects with history has been a matter of debate for a long, long time — and it's a thorny subject, with no easy answers. But still, looking at the intersection can make things very interesting. For example, Judas Iscariot might have been a member of an order of assassins.
When it comes to graphic violence, modern movies don't have crap on The Iliad. In an amazing infographic, Greek Myth Comix's Laura Jenkinson aptly shows the number of brutal deaths in the classic of Western literature, how they died, who the most efficient killers were, and more. It's great.
Uma Thurman stars as Hera in this short film about the Greek gods living out mundane lives in the modern world. Things turn around for the Queen of Olympus when she decides to see a therapist.
First things first: Remember all those awesome Hercules trailers? All those fantastic shots of The Rock fighting the Nemean Lion, the Erymanthian Boar, and the Hydra? If they were what had you thinking about seeing Hercules, don't bother. They are lies.
After Hercules murdered his family in a fit of madness — a tragedy engendered by the goddess Hera, who hated him — the demi-god and son of Zeus was ordered to do penance by performing 12 Labors for the weaselly King Eurystheus of Tiryns. Here are those feats, ranked from most to least badass.
It sounds like a crazy question. But two physicists took some time off from studying particles to study ancient epics, trying to answer classical humanities questions using network theory.
Stonehenge was as much a source of awe a thousand years ago as it is today. Historians and poets wove the mysterious circle into their tales of King Arthur, with one lushly illustrated book depicting the wizard Merlin as the architect.
Warner Bros. is planning a big-budget adaptation of The Odyssey. Titled Odysseus, the film will be directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, who made the Russian historical epic Stalingrad, and written by Jeremy Doner, of The Killing semi-fame. Only the gods know how this thing will turn out.
While dragons and unicorns have long topped the A-list of mythical animals, medieval bestiaries are filled with an assortment of bizarre creatures that are scarcely remembered today. Ever heard of a bonnacon, which attacks its opponents with poisonous dung? Then read on.
According to Japanese folklore, the Kappa is a monstrous creature that inhabits lakes and rivers. Occasionally, though, the demon will leave its watery lair and challenge humans to single combat. If so, one of them lost: the alleged mummified remains of a Kappa, shot to death in the year 1818, will soon be exhibited.