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Myth and modern culture

von The Open University

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What exactly do the creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer owe to Ovid, the Roman 1st Century CE writer? Ovid told the story of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with the statue he created. It’s a great story and has been picked up time and time again over the years. The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw reworked it for a play of the same name around 100 years ago. This was in turn reworked in the stage musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and most recently the theme was picked up in a Buffy episode called ‘I was made to love you’. This audio and video rich learning pathway looks at the influence that Greek and Roman mythology has had on civilisation, identity, art and culture through the ages.

Myths are also powerful political tools, from Classical times to the present day. Roman emperors used them to promote themselves to assert their power. It’s a technique also used by Italian Renaissance Popes and, in a very similar way, how modern politicians ‘spin’ their agenda and images in the media. Even today’s leaders of Rome, Italy, call on the founding myth of the She-Wolf and Romulus and Remus to assert the city’s importance and status. At the end of this broad-ranging pathway you’ll have learned much of the Classical past, and even more of human behaviour.
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