Serene amid the Monsters

The_Torment_of_Saint_Anthony_(Michelangelo)by Amy Carr

This week I heard a talk by Stephen Asma on “Monsterology.” Asma surveyed the history of human imaginings about monsters. Some monsters had a basis in natural history. The Cyclops, for instance, looks to be inspired by an elephant skull, since the sinus cavity where the trunk had been looks like a huge single eye. Continue Reading