The Myth Reading Group returns.
Wednesday 17 October 2018
5.00 – 6.30 pm
Our founding director, Leon Burnett, opens the new year of myth-exploration. The topic for this term is Animals and Mythical Creatures.
In the build up to the Great Exhibition (1851), one of the landmark events of Queen Victoria’s reign, a massive mythological creature from Assyria, part bull and part human, was imported into London setting up an improbable encounter between a fallen empire and a thriving one. Dante Gabriel Rossetti – poet, painter, translator – was on hand to capture the moment and proffer an insight, in his poem ‘The Burden of Nineveh’, into this meeting of myth and materialism. In the opening session of the Myth Reading Group, we shall consider the context, then and now, of a lamassu in London.
- Old Testament, Book of Nahum
- P. B. Shelley, ‘Ozymandias’
- Museum of Lost Objects: The Wingèd Bull of Nineveh: bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35669056