Greek Culture Goes Pop
It doesn't take a Delphic Oracle to notice that ancient Greece is the vox populi these days. The
comic book racks feature the miniseries Age of Bronze, launching the Trojan War on the sandaled
heels of Frank (The Dark Knight Returns) Miller's five-issue run on 300, which covers the Battle of
The same battle of 300 Spartans versus the armies of Asia is the subject of Steven Pressfield's
novel, Gates of Fire. In Courtesans & Fishcakes historian James Davidson looks at the consuming
passions of classical Athens. Online, the community traffic in AncientSites' virtual Athens
(www.ancientsites.com) is number one with a javelin over the likes of moldy old Rome, Egypt, and
In Techgnosis,Wired contributor Erik Davis posits Greek mythology as a guiding light of the
"Lord of the lucky find, Hermes crafts opportunity like those brash start-up companies that fill a
market niche by creating it in the first place
Apollo can be considered the god of science in its
ideal form: pure, ordering, embodying the solar world of clarity and light. Hermes insists that
there are always cracks and gaps in such perfect architectures; intelligence moves forward by
keeping on its crafty toes, ever opening into a world that is messy, unpredictable, and far from
According to Davis, Platonism foreshadows William Gibson's cyberspace cowboys whose spirits are
released from the entropy of flesh.
Ancient Greece has always played well in higher learning's ivory towers, but the today's surround
sound is pure pop culture. Parallels between the millennium society and the world's first democracy,
maybe. At any rate, the birthplace of the forum hasn't been this appealing in centuries.
Age of Bronze, Image Comics
300, Dark Horse Comics, www.darkhorsecomics.com
Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield: $23.95. Doubleday. www.bdd.com
Techgnosis, by Erik Davis: $25.00. Harmony Books.
Courtesans & Fishcakes, by James Davidson: $25.95. Dunne Books.