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Your search for posts with tags containing mythology found 13 posts

Hanging is Travelling: Two Sides of Óðinn’s Initiatory Process

Odin (Óðinn in Old Icelandic) is a complex figure in Norse mythology. As the all-father, a god of war, magic, and wisdom, with multiple names, as well as a habit of disguising himself before both mortals and the gods, Odin’s identity...
From: CERAE Impressions: A Blog on 11 Apr 2021

Halloween Special: Shaving the Dead in Irish Folklore

Shaving the dead in Irish folklore The Irish Folklore Collection archive in University College Dublin contains a massive volume of documents, sound-recordings and other material collected under the auspices of the Irish Folklore Commission and other bodies...
From: DrAlun on 31 Oct 2019

Encountering Gods: The Curious Case of Epizelus at Marathon

By Lara O’Sullivan, The University of Western Australia Attic red-figure kylix showing Athena slaying the Gigante Enkelados (c. 550–500 BC). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.They had been encamped for days, the 900 Athenian hoplites, while their...
From: Histories of Emotion on 9 Feb 2018

The Mythical Powers of Music in the Age of the ‘Scientific Revolution’

Writers about music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries drew extensively on classical mythology to exemplify its powerful effects and importance to society. With little in the way of musical exemplars from classical antiquity to inspire...
From: Early Modern English Music on 2 Jun 2016

The ‘metacatharsis’ of Richard II

Do you ever imagine your own funeral? I don’t mean where you want your ashes scattered or what songs you’d like sung at the ceremony or even the drunken “celebration of life” you hope your loved ones throw in your memory. I mean,...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 28 Mar 2016

Myth, Science and Music at the Early Royal Society

When it was founded in 1660, the  Royal Society was the first institution in England dedicated to the study of natural philosophy (what we’d today call ‘science’). In its early years, the society showed considerable interest in investigating...
From: Early Modern English Music on 4 Mar 2015

History Today column: Herodotus, Camden and the reclamation of history

I have recently been reading Tom Holland’s superb new translation of Herodotus’ Histories. I am by no means an authority on classical writers, but I have always enjoyed Herodotus. He is so irrepressibly inquisitive and, in every sense, a pleasure...
From: Mathew Lyons on 27 Jan 2015

Thomas Heywood’s women

Engraving based on Isaac Oliver’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth About a week ago I wrote about the extraordinary playwright, poet, prose writer and actor Thomas Heywood whose work is being investigated at the Shakespeare Institute’s Heywood...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 27 Jun 2014

In memoriam: Joachim Telle (1939-2013)

Martin Mulsow and Joachim Telle (right) convened the research workshop on alchemy at the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha. Barely visible on the far left, there is a laptop screen behind which I was furiously typing away to transcribe relevant passages out...

Reflections on History and Writing

Joanne: One of the things about Twitter which still surprises me is its ability to introduce me to people I already know in a different capacity. Thomas Shepherd is a great example of this. We both work and Oxford Brookes … Continue reading →
From: Joanne Bailey Muses on History on 30 Oct 2013

Shakespeare’s mulberries: trees of history and legend

The split mulberry tree Last Sunday, 4 August 2013, one of Stratford’s mulberry trees split in two. There are many ancient mulberries in the town, principally in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s gardens, and they’re mostly propped...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Aug 2013

ESRA Shakespeare Conference 2013 | Shakespeare and Myth [Call for Papers]

MONTPELLIER (France)Wednesday 26– Saturday 29 June 2013LIST OF SEMINARSEarly Modern Nature: Shakespeare, Science and MythThe Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript: The Rise of Shakespearean Cultural Capital?Local and Global...
From: The Renaissance Diary... on 26 Jun 2013

History and myth: JRR Tolkien, a Roman temple and a ring

The last few days has seen a rash of media coverage for an exhibition at The Vyne in Hampshire which features a Roman ring said to have led Tolkien to incorporate a ring myth into the Middle Earth of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I wrote about...
From: Mathew Lyons on 3 Apr 2013

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.