In the next installation of our Monsters and Demons series for the month of October, we bring you an interview with Dr. Fiona Mitchell of Birmingham, author of a recently published monograph on monsters in Greek literature. Dr. Mitchell discusses the roles and meanings of monsters in ancient Greek myth and reflects on why we resonate with these characters past and present.
In October, Peopling the Past brings you interviews and reflections from scholars whose work investigates monsters and demons in the ancient world, examining their meaning and symbolism and their deeper connections to human experiences past and present.
In our first instalment of this series, we interview Adrienne Mayor, an author and classical folklorist who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions.
Have you ever wondered if the ancient Greeks and Romans had serial killers living among them? In this post, Dr. Debbie Felton of UMass Amherst discusses research from her forthcoming book project on serial murderers in the ancient world. We might be bombarded by TV shows about murderers, but we know comparatively little about their existence in the distant past – read on for some creepy (yet illuminating) facts!
In the next of our Halloween-themed blog posts, we examine the widely misunderstood practice of human sacrifice throughout human history!
In this next scare-tacular blog post we examine curses in the Ancient Mediterranean. From mummies and tomb curses to spurned lovers and romantic rivals, curses could be used to harm and to protect.
Here at Peopling the Past we are excited to kick of an eerie series of posts in honour of Halloween! Every Friday through October we will release a new post explaining the history behind some of our most chilling Halloween traditions and scary stories. So grab your flashlight and your candy corn, and get ready for some scare-tacular history!