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Friday, September 15, 2017

055 - The Dionysian Mysteries

In this episode, we discuss the Great Mother Cybele and her influence on the cult of Dionysos; some of the myths and the iconography of Dionysos; and Euripides’ Bacchae and the elements of Dionysiac worship

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

054 - Old Comedy and Aristophanes

In this episode, we discuss the Lenaia, the intricacies of Athenian Old Comedy, and what is known about the lives and works of the earliest comedic poets, including Aristophanes, whose eleven surviving works effectively define the genre today

Recommended Sources for Further Reading:
Text/Aristophanes' The Acharnians
Text/Aristophanes' The Knights
Text/Aristophanes' The Clouds
Text/Aristophanes' The Wasps
Text/Aristophanes' Peace
Text/Aristophanes' The Birds
Text/Aristophanes' The Thesmophoriazusae
Text/Aristophanes' Lysistrata
Text/Aristophanes' The Frogs
Text/Aristophanes' The Ecclesiazusae
Text/Aristophanes' Wealth

Recommended Podcasts for Further Listening:
Literature and History Episode 35 Aristophanes' The Clouds
Literature and History Episode 36 Aristophanes' Lysistrata

Monday, August 28, 2017

053 - Euripides at War

In this episode, we discuss the plays of Euripides that he produced against the backdrop of the Peloponnesian War (Children of Herakles, Andromache, Hecuba, Suppliants, Electra, Madness of Herakles, Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Tauris, Ion, Helen, Phoenician Women, Orestes, and Iphigenia at Aulis, excluding the Bacchae)

Recommended Sources for Further Reading:
Text/Euripides' Heracleidae
Text/Euripides' Andromache
Text/Euripides' Hecuba
Text/Euripides' The Suppliants
Text/Euripides' Electra
Text/Euripides' Madness of Herakles
Text/Euripides' The Trojan Women
Text/Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris
Text/Euripides' Ion
Text/Euripides' Helen
Text/Euripides' The Phoenician Women
Text/Euripides' Orestes
Text/Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis

Recommended Podcast Episodes for Further Listening:
MythTake Episode 15 Heroes at Home: Megara
MythTake Episode 16 Heroes at Home: Helen of Troy

Sunday, July 23, 2017

050 - Early Tragedy and Aeschylus

In this episode, we discuss what is known about the lives and works of the earliest tragic poets that set the stage for the first great Athenian playwright, Aeschylus, to make all sorts of theatrical innovations at the onset of the Classical Period; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his seven surviving plays--The Persians, Prometheus Bound, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and the trilogy known as the Oresteia (which includes Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides)

Recommended Sources for Further Reading:
Text/Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
Text/Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes
Text/Aeschylus' The Suppliants
Text/Aeschylus' Agamemnon
Text/Aeschylus' The Libation Bearers
Text/Aeschylus' The Eumenides
Text/Aeschylus' Fragments