13 June 2023 Start
13 June 2023 End
10.00 am - 2.00 pm Time

e-mail.: [email protected]

The Gods of Antiquity in Contemporary Popular Culture

June 13, 2023

The aim of this webinar is to present current research and perspectives covering Ancient Religion and Popular Culture. Within this vast thematic area, the webinar seeks to establish a dialogue between the different civilisations of Antiquity, such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, focusing our interest on the representation and re-imagining of their divinities in popular culture (movies, TV series, comics, internet, video games, horror and fantasy literature…).


First session (10.00 – 11.30am)

Laureline Cattelain (Musée du Malgré-Tout):
Pazuzu: from protector to the personification of evil,
how Pop culture can change it all!

Jennifer Cromwell (Manchester, Metropolitan University):
Playing with Gods: Egyptian Deities in Board Games.

Julia Troche (Missouri State University):
Nuancing Imhotep and the Mummy Motif in U.S. Popular

Questions and Debate (11.30 – 12.00am)

Second Session (12.00 – 1.30pm)

João Paulo Simões Valério (University of Lisbon):
“He took a face from the ancient gallery”. Jim Morrison
and Dionysus: from the beginning of the band to
Oliver Stone’s biopic.

Maciej Paprocki, Alexander Vandewalle, Joel Gordon,
Kate Minniti, Briana Jackson, David S. Anderson
(multiple universities):
Divinity and Imagined Antiquity in the Marvel
Cinematic Universe.

Xiangruo Dai (Leeds University):
Teyvat, Land of Divinity: How East Asian and Western
European’s Ancient Mythology and Tradition Manifest
in Genshin’s Places, Stories, and Characters.

Questions and Debate (1.30 – 2pm)

To register, you can send an email to [email protected]
A link will be provided a few days before the webinar.