Some more classic-y comics:

In response to Genevieve's post, here are some (I think) better written classics jokes. These are obviously a little more varied, but let's see how they compare...

And one about Nietszche (not technically classically related in and of all...but be sure to check the commentary just below it:

So what do these comics say about (or do to) the figures in them, reception-wise?


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Finally! I figured I'd go ahead and post something since I'm so excited we're all finally able to access the posting page, so here goes:


honestly one of the stranger things I've found on the internet, but surprisingly amusing.

my question about it and its relationship to reception is: why is taking a tragic mythological figure and placing him in incredibly mundane situations amusing? the humor itself is stale and predictable (very bad quality newspaper sunday morning comic strip quality), so why is this blog getting hits? Is the comic inventor lacking in creativity both in respect to subject choice and to humor, or is there somthing to say for comedy of this ilk?



In Alexandria the Men Make Glass...

So, while working on our project I stumbled across this artist who was inspired by the classics in a very interesting way.
Namely, glass.

(In Alexandria the Men Make Glass...(2), the inspiration for this post)

Her name is Dinah Hulet, and this is her site:

The interview section and her portfolio are particularly cool.

"Demeter's Scottish Lament" by Dawn Wood

Wood's poem on Poetry Daily relocates the Demeter myth in modern (contemporary?) Kelvingrove, Scotland.

Death's kiss: the kiss of Hades?

The felled tree shelters Persephone: Persephone has no shelter.

Summer being as uninhabitable for vegetation as winter, renewal and fertility? Not enough to sustain even six pomegranate seeds.

How necessary is it to know the mythological background to "get" the poem? Does the poem depend on that background knowledge?

Panis Secundarius?

Romertopf Clay Bakers is a company that makes it possible for the modern baker to recreate the ancient Roman cooking experience. Are these clay bakers and, more importantly, their backstory a case of acculturation, adaptation, appropriation, or migration--or a version of historical Roman food practice?



Notice the decorative registers on the lid, especially the row of figures in an archaizing style--so too the lettering. The lyre stands out as a particularly "classical" gesture.


P.S. Römer is 'Roman' & Topf is 'pot' and, apparently, a euphemism.

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