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.

5 Storytelling Songs for Fall Listening

5 Storytelling Songs for Fall Listening

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With September upon us, the wonder of golden leaves, apple picking, and pumpkin carving are teasingly close. As such, you may find that the upbeat summer dance vibes that’ have been on repeat for the past few months no longer match the cooling days. The essence of crisp autumn air and warm apple cider is more likely to lend itself to soothing instrumentals and soft, atmospheric sounds. These are songs that, instead of prompting you to bump along with the beat, make you want to curl up with a blanket and listen to the story they tell. I’ve included five …

Yes, There is a Such Thing as Storytelling Podcasts, And Yes, They Will Definitely Get You Through Quarantine

Yes, There is a Such Thing as Storytelling Podcasts, And Yes, They Will Definitely Get You Through Quarantine

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Reading is fabulous, but sometimes, everyone craves good live storytelling. Storytelling *literally* brings a tale to life and adds a whole new experience you didn’t know was possible. The characters are suddenly more real and the plot more exciting. I’ll never forget the first time I heard the Harry Potter books on tape. They truly transported me into the wizarding world and I wanted nothing more than to stay forever. While recent events may have changed our plans for the foreseeable future, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that stories never leave us. Podcasts have quickly become a popular …

Good Storytellers Have More Sex, Says Science

Good Storytellers Have More Sex, Says Science

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The Atlantic put out a super interesting article last week about the value we as humans place on storytellers, and I totally recommend actually reading it because it’s worth it. Andrea Migliano, an anthropologist at University College London, and her team have found evidence that stories and the act of storytelling began partially as a way of creating and solidifying social bonds, ethics, and cooperation.    When her study began, Migliano wasn’t looking for data on storytelling, she wanted to know what qualities the Agta, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Philippines, valued most in their society. Her team of students asked 300 Agta to …