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Finding Pokémon in Sumerian Mythology

I like reading myths from around the world and from different historical periods, but it’s taken me a while to get into the Sumerian stuff. It might be because they seem so removed from me – they were one of the earliest civilisations that we know much about, living in the late Neolithic/early Bronze ageContinue reading “Finding Pokémon in Sumerian Mythology”

Pets in the Underworld

I’m a big fan of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. There are currently 17 novels in the series, each one narrated by Harry Dresden who is both a wizard and, at least to start with, also a private investigator. It’s contemporary fantasy with a large cast of faeries, demons, vampires and other monsters, andContinue reading “Pets in the Underworld”

The Mythical Thermos

The Mabinogion are a collection of medieval Welsh folk tales. They are a collection of old tales of derring-do and are really good fun, but there’s one bit in particular I’d like to draw your attention to. Prince Culhwch wants to marry Olwen. I mean, his stepmother curses him so that he can marry noContinue reading “The Mythical Thermos”

Beekeeper on the Argo

You’ve heard of Jason and the Argonauts, right? Fifty heroes of ancient Greek mythology who went on a quest for the Golden Fleece. It’s a very exciting story but I won’t go into the plot, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But you’d make certain assumptions about what these heroes were good at,Continue reading “Beekeeper on the Argo”