​The Egyptian Gods' 8 Biggest Dick Moves

Compared to some ancient religions, the Egyptian gods were pretty chill. They rarely tried to wipe out humanity, get in drunken bar brawls with their own followers, or eat their own babies — although "rarely" is not "never," and Ra, Horus and the rest definitely had their moments of divine dickishness. Here are a few. » 3/28/14 10:00am 3/28/14 10:00am

This weekend is Ragnarok. But it isn't the end of the world.

You may have read that this weekend is supposed to mark the coming of Ragnarok, the violent "Viking Apocalypse" prophesied in Old Norse poetry. But the mythical apocalypse that inspired Game of Thrones' long winter isn't actually on the books—and may refer to events that happened centuries ago. » 2/21/14 11:00am 2/21/14 11:00am

The Original Robocop Was A Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—"a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie," as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Paul … » 2/16/14 5:08pm 2/16/14 5:08pm

This ancient tablet says Noah's Ark was round

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia is providing new details about the mythological tale of Noah and his ark, including detailed instructions on how the massive, round floating vessel was to be built. » 1/27/14 2:20pm 1/27/14 2:20pm

The creature design in 47 Ronin was just mind-blowingly good

We weren't crazy about 47 Ronin as a movie — but it had absolutely stunning creature design, based on Japanese mythological beasts and monsters. And now, concept art shop Framestore has released a ton of concept art showing their take on the Kirin, the dragon and others. » 1/09/14 11:14am 1/09/14 11:14am

10 Heroic Prophecies That Didn't Turn Out The Way the Heroes Expected

Nothing says "epic destiny" like a huge prophecy. When a hero hears a mystical-ish person intoning that he or she is destined to set everything right, that's when adventure comes a-calling. But sometimes these things don't quite work out. Here are 10 heroic prophecies that weren't quite what people had hoped. » 1/08/14 10:27am 1/08/14 10:27am

The Moral of this Week's Atlantis: Never Leave Hercules on Watch

We're getting wacky with the Bacchae this week on Atlantis, which continues to be a zippy little mythic adventure show. And once again, the best bits involve Hercules, who's Sir John Falstaff with a little bit of Vila from Blake's 7 mixed in. Observe in this handy clip. » 12/02/13 4:25pm 12/02/13 4:25pm

8 Things Marvel Got Wrong About Thor and Norse Mythology

It may shock you to learn that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did not do an accurate job bringing the Norse god Thor and his mythology into the Marvel comics universe back in 1962. If they had, they would have been arrested, because Norse myths are full of murder, mayhem and weird sex, most of which still wouldn’t be… » 11/05/13 12:33pm 11/05/13 12:33pm

The 13 Biggest Assholes in Greek Mythology

It’s a mystery why ancient Greeks worshipped their gods, because their gods were all complete dickheads. They could — and did! — steal, rape, torture, or kill pretty much anyone at any time. Of course, the kings and heroes of ancient Greece was also often terrible people, so maybe the gods were just par for the course. … » 10/29/13 10:15am 10/29/13 10:15am

Everything We Know About BBC's Atlantis TV Show Is Wrong

Okay, not everything — it's still set at least partially on the lost city of Atlantis. But based on the previews, we thought it was a classic fantasy-adventure show, like Hercules or Xena. So why is the first clip set in the present? Is Jason a time traveller? Has the legendary Argonaut been reincarnated? Is a Greek… » 9/24/13 10:20am 9/24/13 10:20am