Vom 13.-15. September 2012 findet in Mainz die 3. Tagung des internationalen Forschungsverbundes "Imagines. Antiquity in the visual and performing art" zu dem Thema "Magic and the Supernatural from the Ancient World" statt.
To what extent did mythological figures such as Circe and Medea influence the representation of the powerful ‘oriental’ enchantress in modern European art? What role did the ancient gods and heroes play in the construction of the imaginary worlds of the modern fantasy genre? What is the role of undead creatures like zombies, animated skeletons and vampires in mythological films? The heroes, gods, demons and powerful enchantresses of the ancient world always played a prominent role in the post-Classical imagination. Similarly, the great adventures and famous love affairs of ancient Greek and Roman gods and mortals have influenced the reception of Classical culture and still feature prominently in the modern conception of antiquity. For centuries the revival, reconstruction and adaptation of ancient myths and religion in the arts have provided the backdrop for the exploration of and debate about contemporary fears, hopes and ideals.