Episode 15: Heroes at Home: Megara

November 16, 2016
Join our informal discussion on heroes of the home! Tonight we chat about Megara, the first wife of Heracles, from Euripides' Heracles.
 
Passages:
Euripides Heracles 275-311, 516-561.

 

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Episode 14: Necromancy in Greek Mythology (Hallowe’en Special)

October 31, 2016
It's Hallowe'en! We have a special spooky episode for you this week: two episodes of necromancy from Greek mythology! Follow the spell-binding details (haha!) of Odysseus' encounter with the dead and Jason's summoning of Hekate in Argnoaautika.

Passages:
Odyssey 11.13-50
Argonautika 3.1026-1224 

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Episode 13: Mythological Tour of the Solar System Ceres/Demeter

October 14, 2016

Our last stop on our mythological tour of the solar system is the dwarf planet Ceres! We take a look at the Greek goddess Demeter, who is anything but insignificant! 

(I can't believe we've made it through 13 episodes and you guys are still listening. Thanks!)

Passage: Homeric Hymn to Demeter (Trans. Susan Shelmerdine)

 

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Episode 12: Mythological Tour of the Solar System: Pluto/Hades

September 7, 2016
This week we visit the dwarf planet Pluto. Travel with us to the dark underworld and meet the Greek god Hades. It's not as scary as it sounds!

Passage: Homeric Hymn to Demeter (Trans. Susan Shelmerdine)

 

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Episode 11 Mythological Tour of the Solar System Neptune/Poseidon

August 24, 2016
We travel to that last of the gas giants, Neptune, and learn about Poseidon's role in the Trojan War.

 

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Episode 10: Mythological Tour of the Solar System Uranus/Ouranos

July 27, 2016
This week we discuss the story of Ouranos, an early sky god in Greek mythology. Darrin ties it in to Frankenstein and Alison offers some summer reading recommendations for those wanting to geek out on history of astronomy. The cat also makes a guest appearance. 

 

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Episode 9: Mythological Tour of the Solar System: Saturn/Kronos

July 9, 2016

 

Join us for another stop on our mythological tour of the solar system as we visit Saturn! This gas giant, featuring 53 moons and multiple rings, is named after the Roman god Saturn, (Kronos) the father of Jupiter (Zeus). We'll examine how the Romans and Greeks depicted Saturn/Kronos in different ways.


This week’s passages are from Hesiod "Theogony"; Virgil "Aeneid"; Ovid "Metamorphoses."


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Episode 8: Mythological Tour of the Solar System Jupiter/Zeus

June 28, 2016

Today we visit the first of the Gas Giants, Jupiter. This mysterious planet, covered with swirling, toxic clouds in shades of orange, red, white, and brown, is the largest in our solar system. The "King of the Planets" is named after the Greek and Roman king of the gods, Jupiter (Zeus). We examine passages from Greek and Roman literature to shed some light on how the ancients thought of their god they called "the father of gods and men."

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Episode 7: Mythological Tour of the Solar System: Mars/Ares

June 8, 2016

We skip over planet earth (for now) and head to our fourth stop in our tour of the solar system: Mars. The Red Planet,, named for the Roman god of war, has intrigued humans for millennia. Today we learn about the Greek god of war, Ares, from his appearances in the Homeric Hymn to Ares, Odyssey 8.266-366 and Iliad 5.418-425, 880-969.


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Episode 06: Mythological Tour of the Solar System: Venus/Aphrodite

May 25, 2016

The third stop on our Mythological Tour of the Solar System is Venus (Greek goddess Aphrodite). We take a look at the origins of this mysterious goddess of sexuality.

(This episode includes discussion of sex in mythological contexts.)

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