Archive for August 2009

The Versace logo: Connecting Modern Fashion and Myth

August 31, 2009

by Phedre de Feullide

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Greek Mythology is a topic which almost everyone studies in school, and which oddly enough, can be found influencing us in our daily modern lives. Everyone knows that Greece was the birthplace of democracy; basically it is where the American idea of government comes from, and has even influenced our ideas of heroes and villains. Not everyone however, is aware of how prolific Greek mythology is in today’s media. Many companies have taken names or logos which take their meaning from Greek mythology; companies like NIKE, named after the goddess of victory, or the product Ajax, named for a hero of the Trojan war. Gianni Versace’s clothing line has also taken its cue from the past.

The Versace logo shows a representation of the head of Medusa: a woman who was transformed into a monster after offending the gods. She was punished for allowing the god Poseidon to seduce her in the temple of the goddess Aphrodite. Her hair, which had once been her most glorified attribute, was turned into snakes. As the story goes, anyone who looked at her would be turned into stone. Perhaps this is not something which one would usually associate with a major fashion house; something being so ugly that it can turn you into stone. However, Gianni Versace had a fascination with classical art and architecture, and it is with the later, beautiful representations of Medusa that the logo is associated with. During the Roman period, especially, Medusa was depicted as a beautiful woman with wild hair, and a few snakes twined here and there.

Copyright 2005, Phedre de Feuillide. College grad with an Art History/archeology degree with a minor in religion. My other interests are classical lit, old movies, and extreme sports. Reprinted from AssociatedContent.com

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PITY POOR MEDUSA

August 28, 2009

Watch MEDUSA’S horrific transformation from ultimate beauty…to ultimate beast.

CLASH OF THE GODS: MEDUSA
airs Monday August 31, 10PM/9c
on HISTORY

CLASH OF THE GODS….thunders on

August 26, 2009

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Here’s the upcoming schedule for Clash of the Gods on HISTORY, Mondays at 10PM/9c

Most weeks, HISTORY follows the new episode with a repeat of the previous week’s.

Also, HISTORY posts previous episodes for free viewing on their website www.history.com/video

8/17 HADES
8/24 THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR (watch now)
8/31 MEDUSA(watch now)
9/7 (pre-empted by Charles Manson special)
9/14 ODYSSEUS: CURSE OF THE SEA
9/21 ODYSSEUS: WARRIOR’S REVENGE
9/28 BEOWULF
10/5 THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS
10/12 THOR

THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR

August 24, 2009

A half bull, half human monster is trapped in a maze–a place archeologists say may still exist today.

CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981 – 2010)

August 24, 2009

Clash of the Titans was released on July 12, 1981 (the same day as Raiders of the Lost Ark). As many have observed, the film gave Greek and Roman mythology the Star Wars treatment with a classy cast of international stars including Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Claire Bloom as Hera, and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite. The legendary Ray Harryhausen worked his stop-motion special effects magic to create the fantastic pantheon of analogue demigods and monsters. The film was made on a budget of $16 million, and it went on to gross $41 million.

Harryhausen was also co-producer of the film, and retired from filmmaking shortly after the movie was released making this his last main feature film.

Okay, so you probably already know that Warner Bros. is remaking Clash of the Titans. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) is directing. The film stars Sam Worthington (upcoming Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films, The English Patient) and Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Visual effects supervisor is Nick Davis of Entrapment (Troy and The Dark Knight most recently). Filming is underway; release is scheduled for March 2010.

Not to be confused with the Canadian animated teen TV series with the clever title variation: Class of the Titans.

[info courtesy wikipedia and imdb.com]

HADES #2 – Who Let the Dogs Out?

August 17, 2009

Maidens Picking Flowers – BEWARE!

August 14, 2009

PERSEPHONE beware! Greek mythology’s warden of death and the ancient world’s most feared god…is near.

Watch KPI’s CLASH OF THE GODS: HADES on History.com/video.

Learn about eerie links to real world curses, ghosts and secret cults.