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)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

047 - Herakles: From Zero to Hero

In this episode, we discuss the iconography of Herakles, his early myths, his infamous twelve labors, his later life, his heroic persona and how he was worshipped as a pan-Hellenic divine hero, and his role as an apostle of Hellenism in the west

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

046 - Monsters and Heroes

In this episode, we discuss the importance of heroes in Greek mythology, the creation of various beasts and monsters, and the lives and accomplishments of various mythic heroes; including Cadmus, the founder of Thebes; the Danaid dynasty at Argos, which includes Perseus, and the slaying of the Gorgon Medusa; Sisyphus, the founder of Corinth, and Bellerophon, Pegasus, and the slaying of the Chimaera; the cursed House of Atreus, including Tantalus, Pelops, Atreus, Thyestes, Agamemnon, and Menelaus; Tyndareus of Sparta; the Lapiths, Ixion, and the creation of the Centaurs; Meleager, Atalanta, and the Caledonian Boar Hunt; the troublemaking of Pirithous and Theseus; the Dioscuri and the Oath of Tyndareus

Monday, May 15, 2017

044 - Democracy under Pericles

In this episode, we discuss the democratic machinations of Classical Athens; included is the role the Athenian statesman Pericles had on the radicalization of Athenian democracy, the magistracies, the ekklesia, the prytaneis, the law courts and jurors, contemporary critiques of Athenian democracy, and the economics of running the democracy