9 Classical Mythology Tropes in Modern Storytelling: Where Do Today’s Ideas Come From?

9 Classical Mythology Tropes in Modern Storytelling: Where Do Today’s Ideas Come From?

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You don’t need to be a Classics major or an expert in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures to appreciate Classical Myth. When I say Classical Myth, I don’t mean just Greek Myth – although it did make the biggest contribution. Classical Myth however, is Greek, Roman, Sumerian, and even Egyptian Myth, all of which shared Indo-European origins. These Ancient cultures and their myths have set the stepping stones for modern literature and storytelling as we know it today. Almost every trope, every story, every plot twist know to humanity has somehow – consciously or unconsciously – been inspired by Classical Myth. There is no such thing as a “new” idea; every story in fiction today is, in a way, an extension or a retelling of an older one. Ideas don’t just appear out of thin air, they’re slowly formed and executed.

The Charybdis of Literary Meme Culture

The Charybdis of Literary Meme Culture

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Hello internet denizens. Do you Like Homer? Sappho? Memes? Allow me to introduce you to the swirling vortex that is the classics fandom. It may have been two-hundred years since they got any new material, but the community is still going strong. Let’s take a look. Here, a meme about the greatest intellectual tragedy of all time.   Image via TheAmazingPeggyCarter     But it’s not all about history. Here are some about the Iliad.   Image via Classically Classical Classics Memes   Alright, so it wasn’t a gift, it was a sacrifice to the gods that the Trojans were foolish enough …