Ancient Literature

Why is Medusa’s sad backstory so rarely told in Greek myth retellings?

One of my favorite stories from Greek mythology is the popular version of Perseus and Andromeda’s myth. It’s one of the few I can recall in which the hero does NOT come to grief. Perseus does NOT enrage the gods via a fit of hubris. He does NOT suffer a tragic punishment. He fulfills his… Continue reading Why is Medusa’s sad backstory so rarely told in Greek myth retellings?

Ancient Literature

On Reading “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius

In English literature, the novel is a newer genre as compared to poetry and drama. It’s easy to forget prose fiction narratives existed in the ancient world. It doesn’t help that so few ancient novels survived. One that enchanted me in December is The Golden Ass by Apuleius. The plot revolves around a man called… Continue reading On Reading “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius