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The Enduring Influence of Historical and Philosophical Narratives

It goes without saying that there have been many influential narratives over the years. But, let’s take a look at just a few historical and philosophical texts that are still influencing a variety of media to this day. 

Historical Adventures 

As technology has evolved, so too has the digital transformation of entertainment, and so began the rise of online casino games. Online casino games have long since taken inspiration from ancient history, with many popular slot games themed around historical narratives. Some of the best book slots include characters from British and French medieval Arthuriana, such as Rise of Merlin, as well as riffing off characters from traditional Irish mythology in Book of the Irish, or Ancient Egypt in Book of Dead or Book of Kings, to name a few. 

Perhaps the slot game with the most explicit links to both books and history is Book of El Dorado. Whilst there is an actual book with the title by Baroness Orczy, written as the sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel in 1913, the slot game fuses this adventurous tale with elements of Mesoamerican legend, particularly what is known as the ‘gold city’. This multi-level reference to historic narratives elevates the story of the game, making for immersive and authentic gameplay. In addition, it highlights the way that historical narratives have endured for centuries, adapting to the times, going from oral traditions, to the written word, and eventually to immersive gameplay. 

Complimentary Mediums  

In the modern day, there has been a rise in multi-sensory experiences. Not only have audiobooks contributed towards alternative ways to consume books, but other sound-oriented media has been created to be consumed alongside the written word. Just take something like concept albums, for example. There are many concept albums that have taken their inspiration from classic novels – one of the most prominent, perhaps, is inspired by an iconic text that ponders many philosophical questions about the structure of society. This is, of course, The Resistance by Muse, which is inspired by George Orwell’s 1984. 

This album was so popular upon release that it gained recognition both for the music itself and the album artwork at the Grammy awards in 2010-11. The tracks on the album include real excerpts from Orwell’s novel, which makes it a great soundtrack to have on when reading the novel itself, or to experience the narrative from a different perspective. This complimentary medium allows readers to be immersed in an Orwellian world through sight, sound, and their own imagination. 

Development of Cartography

Whilst maps have been produced since around the 3rd century BC, a collection of books called Geography by Ptolemy took cartography to new heights in 150AD by improving map projections, based on the maps and writings of Marinus of Tyre. Ptolemy recorded longitudes and latitudes in degrees, taking into consideration the curvature of the globe, for around 8,000 locations worldwide.

This is known as one of the most important geographical innovations. Thanks to this, Ptolemy’s peers were able to make exact replicas of the map, revolutionizing navigation. Not only did this improve navigation for those in the 2nd century AD, but it was highly influential throughout Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and even for the modern man, as the books paved the way for accurate mapping of countries, roads, and seas that are represented in modern maps. 

And there you have it – just a few ways that influential historical and philosophical books are still inspiring different types of media to this day. From immersive games and experiences, right the way through to the way we create maps, these books have an enduring impact on society.