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Episode Twenty-Two: Trojan War Origins Pt. 1 One Mustn't Trust Mysterious, Inscribed, Shiny Fruit

1/9/2018
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It’s the most famous war of history, and mythology. But there’s more to the story of the Trojan War than the war itself. It’s origins are complex, and stories in their own right. Part one of the Origin of the Trojan War covers the life of Peleus, his marriage to Thetis, and the birth of their son. And meanwhile, in Troy, a city in the east, the birth of an equally important baby takes place. This is the story of the births of Achilles and Paris, the war’s heroes, and of the Judgement of...

Duration:00:28:54

Episode Twenty-One: Pandora had a Jar & the Snake-People of Early Athens

12/19/2017
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In this week's episode we continue on with the human origin myths of Greek mythology. Next up, Pandora, the first woman who ruined everything. Because the Greek's were big fans of the female. Also, we cover the origin of Athens, and it's first kings who had a thing for snakes and tragedy. Special thanks to the book The Greek Myths by Robin Waterfield as the source on this episode. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way...

Duration:00:28:03

Episode Seventeen: Heracles (Hercules) Part Two, the Gospel Truth

11/14/2017
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In part two of our adventure into the story of Heracles/Hercules, we cover his first six tasks. Hercules sure was a hero, but maybe a bit less fun than the Disney version. Special thanks to the book The Greek Myths by Robin Waterfield for the help on this episode. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I...

Duration:00:30:02

Mini Myth: Artemis, the Goddess Who Takes No Man's S**t

11/10/2017
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Artemis and Actaeon: one of the most famous run-ins between a goddess and a mortal. Actaeon learns that he should not mess with Artemis, goddess of the hunt, animals, and most importantly, protectress of girls. All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the Stars", and "What's Behind the Door" from Music for Podcasts 4. All are copyright of the artist and licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License:...

Duration:00:07:04

Episode Fifteen: An Ancient Greek Monster Mash

10/31/2017
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Happy Halloween! This week's Halloween special episode is a collection of ancient Greece's most famous, and most obscure, monsters! Pro tip: the Greeks invented some pretty crazy, and some pretty famous, monsters. There are lots of snakes and lots of females. Theme music taken from is "Xenobiological Forest" by Komiku from It's Time for Adventure and is licensed via Creative Commons and is Public Domain. Other music used are clips from by Lee Rosevere, "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the...

Duration:00:22:33

Episode Fourteen: Double, Double, Toil & Trouble, Jason'll Burn & the Children Bubble

10/24/2017
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MEDEA! This week, on another special October episode... We delve into the character most famous for being downright insane. The story of Medea, and the play by Euripides, is one of the most bloody and violent of all of Greek mythology. It's also one of the few that treat women as humans. What a coincidence. Thanks to the Penguin Classics edition of Medea, by Euripides and translated by John Davie. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry,...

Duration:00:21:47

Mini Myth: Orpheus, Eurydice, & the Importance of Following Underworld Instructions

10/20/2017
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Today's Mini Myth continues on with our October theme, bringing you deep into the Underworld with the oh-so-famous story of Orpheus and Eurydice. There's tragic death, trips to the Underworld, and repeat tragic deaths... A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing. All songs used are...

Duration:00:07:41

Mini Myth: Tantalus' Tantalizing Test

10/13/2017
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Today, on a very special Mini Myth, we fully embrace a Friday the 13th in October with one of the most gruesome myths of the ancient Greeks. Tantalus is famous for his punishment in the Underworld, but how did he get there? All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", and "The Nightmare" from Music for Podcasts 4. All are copyright of the artist and licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/; music from the...

Duration:00:08:57

Episode Ten: Venus has a Flair for the Dramatic, Cupid & Psyche Part One

9/26/2017
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This week's episode is part one of Cupid and Psyche. Psyche is a beautiful girl who Venus (Aphrodite) hates for exactly that reason. She sends her son Cupid to mess things up. There's a visit to the Oracle (shocker), a potential monster, an angry mother, and conniving sisters. This story has it all! I've referenced my edition of the Golden Ass by Apuleius. Translated by Sarah Ruden and published by Yale University Press. It's an amazing translation, current and colloquial without going too...

Duration:00:27:41

Mini Myth: Don't Mess with the God of Wine, Duh

9/21/2017
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Today's Mini Myth covers Euripides' play The Bacchae which is basically the first rager. There's a lot of partying, wine, and violence. Don't mess with a god devoted to the world's best beverage. All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the Stars", and "What's Behind the Door" from Music for Podcasts 4. All are copyright of the artist and licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License:...

Duration:00:12:25

Bonus: Conclusion of the Theban Saga

9/20/2017
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This bonus episode is a brief summary of the end of the Theban Saga that I began in episodes eight and nine about Oedipus. In the latest Oedipus episode I mentioned another episode of Seven Against Thebes and Antigone, but turns out they don't warrant a whole episode. This is a quick bonus, to finish up those storylines! All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the Stars", and "What's Behind the Door" from Music for Podcasts 4. All...

Duration:00:05:02

Episode Nine: (Oedipus Pt. 2) Oedipus, Mother-Lover & Father-Killer

9/17/2017
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This week's episode is part two of the story of Oedipus, the man famous for the things he did to his father and his mother... Part two involves a lot of revelations, and some more inconceivable ignorance and Oedipus' part. Good old Theseus makes an appearance. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I...

Duration:00:26:44

Episode Eight: (Oedipus Pt.1) Don't Mess with the Oracle, Just Don't Do It. Why Would You Do It?

9/9/2017
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This week's episode is part one of the story of Oedipus, the man famous for the things he did to his father and his mother... He's got a Freudian complex named after him, so you know he's cool. One too many seek awful advice from the Oracle, and there's a Sphinx involved! It's a real thrill ride. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as...

Duration:00:21:19

Episode Seven: Cadmus, Saviour of Awful Zeus & Guy Who Can Grow People from Dragon Teeth

9/3/2017
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This week's episode covers the hero, and founder of Thebes, Cadmus. It's a primer episode for the upcoming Theban Saga. We learn that Zeus is a jerk and also sometimes needs major help from mortals, that a daughter of Aphrodite and Ares is awesome, and that husbands can be petty, vindictive people too. Greek gods were only human. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves...

Duration:00:24:34

Mini Myth: Phaethon, the Teenage Boy Who Ruined Everything

8/24/2017
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This week's Mini Myth tells the story of Phaethon, the teenage boy whose stupidity basically ruined the earth and totally messed up the sun in the sky. Youths can be just the worst. All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the Stars", and "What's Behind the Door" from Music for Podcasts 4. All are copyright of the artist and licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/; music...

Duration:00:10:52

Episode Five: Theseus, Ruiner of Women and All Around Awful Person

8/19/2017
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This week's episode covers the "hero" Theseus and all his epic and varied awfulness. There are many variations to the Theseus mythology, I've picked one. Highlights include: bandits, Hippolyta queen of the Amazons, Ariadne and our friend the Minotaur! Also spoilers for Wonder Woman! A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I...

Duration:00:22:43

Mini Myth: Daphne, the Nymph Who Said "Hell No, Apollo"

8/17/2017
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This week's Mini Myth covers the story of Apollo and Daphne. Better known as the man who wouldn't take no for an answer and the woman who would rather be a tree than surrender to him. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve rape. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing. All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later",...

Duration:00:51:52

Episode Four: Queen Pasiphae did WHAT with a Bull?

8/12/2017
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In today's episode we delve into the mythology of the island of Crete, and the kingdom of Knossos. Queen Pasiphae learns the hard way what god-magic can make you do... and what that might result in (see: the half-man/half-bull named the Minotaur). We cover the secrets of the Labyrinth, the brilliant inventor Daedalus, and his not so brilliant son Icarus. Have you ever heard the saying "flying too close to the sun"? Icarus knows what that's about. A general mythology warning: far too many...

Duration:00:27:11

Mini Myth: Echo, Echo, Echo... & Narcissus

8/8/2017
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Today’s Mini Myth (the first of its kind!) is devoted to the brief, but no less fascinating, story of why the earth has echoes (and narcissists, for that matter!). All songs used are clips from Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later", "Not Alone", "How I Used to See the Stars", and "What's Behind the Door" from Music for Podcasts 4. All are copyright of the artist and licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/; music from the artist...

Duration:00:09:54

Episode Three: Zeus, King of the Gods and Creepy Old Man Who Tricks Women

7/29/2017
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This week's episode goes into the nitty gritty details of Zeus's "personal life"*! We learn how he fathered the second generation of Olympians, and all the women (and one man) that he laid with in some of the world's most creative (and troubling) ways! Zeus was a creep, but he sure knew how to make an entrance. *Read: words I can't use in a podcast description. A general mythology warning: far too many Greek myths involve assaulting women. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Given it's...

Duration:00:31:42