Lamiae - in Popular Culture

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Lamia is the title of an 1819 narrative poem written by English poet John Keats. The poem has influenced later works of Western literature. Booker Prize winner A.S. Byatt's 1998 collection of short fiction, Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice contains a short story entitled "A Lamia in the Cévennes", which references Keats poem. The character Brawne Lamia appears in Dan Simmons' novels Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. The works of John Keats feature heavily in the novels.

The lamia has appeared as a monster in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, introduced to D&D in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1977), with an illustration by David C. Sutherland III, after the edition moved away from a theme of 1960s and 1970s "sword and sorcery" fantasy fiction to a mixture of medieval history and mythology. Lamia have also appeared in other roleplaying games which were inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, such as Pathfinder.

In the Final Fantasy franchise of video games, Lamia's Tiara (ラミアのティアラ, Ramia no Tiara), also known as Lamia Hairclip, is a recurring piece of equipment in the series. It is usually a mid to high-ranked helmet that grants several bonuses to the player.

"The Lamia" is a song originally appearing on the 1974 album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis. Steve Hackett recorded a new version of the song, released on his 2013 album Genesis Revisited II.

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