I have been elaborating on my current topic whose working title is now “In the Shadow of the Iron Gate”. The material that I have collected is enormous and I really wonder if it’s going to be a chapter or the whole unit. Meanwhile I explained the emergence of Gog and Magog in the Bible and Alexander’s Gate in secular literature. I am pondering about the account of the steppe nations in the writings of classical and medieval authors. I also plan to write about the conflation of the two legends and various approaches to presenting main characters.