Join our host Erica Stevenson as she navigates Ancient Greek & Roman history in a new light. Together we'll be tackling the most underrated myths, the frustration of famous characters and the absurdity of historical events in a fun and light hearted way.
Hercules is by far the most famous hero from Greek mythology. In fact, we'd go so far to say that he's one of the most famous heroes in the world. From his famous Twelve Labours to hunting the Calydonian Boar, Hercules truly is a quintessential greek hero.
This week we had the pleasure of being featured on the #MoviesThatRaisedUs podcast with hosts Mo & Christina, discussing all things Disney Hercules! This Moan Inc. episode works in harmony with all the discussions over on Movies That Raised Us , so don't forget to check that out via the links below :)
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Today's podcast episode focuses on some of the neglected women of Homer's Odyssey . Here at Moan Inc. we decided some of these literary moments weren't appreciated enough, so we made a whole episode singing their praises! Despite Penelope, the wife of Trojan War hero Odysseus, being one of the best portrayals of a mentally strong female throughout all of mythology, the other women in this episode tend to get tossed to the side. Calypso is a nymph who keeps Odysseus captive on her island of Ogygia. While she is definitely problematic, her feminist moments are not given enough airtime by the academic community. For this episode, we decided to show off her better qualities in the brief time we spoke about her - but please don't forget she's not actually a great gal. She simply has an incredible moment. Nausicaa and Arete are two women from Phaeacia. Considering Nausicaa is a princess who bosses Odysseus around and Arete the queen who holds the final say in the entire kingdom - this pair are definitely not harped on enough.
The myths of Io and Semele are both tragic tales, demonstrating the terrifying wrath of Hera. Understandably Hera is annoyed that Zeus can not seem to keep it in his pants ... but were these punishments REALLY necessary? Did Io really need to be turned into a cow? Did Semele really need to burst into flames (even if she is the mother of the next Olympian god, Dionysus)???
Loves of my absolute life, Diomedes and Odysseus simply are just the best. Both of these men begin their mythological journeys at the battle of Troy in Homer's "Iliad", an epic poem detailing the final year in the famous war. Unfortunately, after this Diomedes fades into the background of our memories, whereas Odysseus' journey home is followed in Homer's next epic titled "The Odyssey".
After a couple of our previous episodes, it seems many listeners believed we hated all men in mythology. This is not the case!!! Both Diomedes and Odysseus are wonderful examples of incredible heroism - not only to the ancient listeners of this tale, but also to modern scholars who study their texts. Today we wanted to give them a moment in the spotlight to highlight their leadership, bravery, and power.
We know, you're probably all thinking "Apollo? Not Zeus???" which is completely valid. But today, we're going to be delving into the myths of Cassandra (once Trojan princess) and Daphne. Even though Daphne was technically a tragic product of wrong-place-wrong-time and didn't exactly say no to Apollo, her unfortunate fate is really BECAUSE of Apollo, so that's why we included her.
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A short episode today for a short myth. By far, this is the most underrated myth of all time. It's the peak of all absurdity in greek myth, coupled with the absolute brilliant story telling of the ancients. In an extremely short myth, we have a flawed king, and angry goddess (in this case, Demeter), a wounded daughter and the most perfect punishment of all time.
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... Or did men just cause their problems? Today we're diving head first into the most popular female characters: Medea, Helen and Clytemnestra. But were these ladies crazy *without* men causing havoc in their lives, or did they *become* crazy BECAUSE men caused havoc in their lives? Our host Erica even has to debate all sides with herself in this one!
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Probably the most popular topic in all of Ancient Greek history, the gods are the most famous club pretty much ever. In today's episode we're keeping it calm on this end: Erica's simply going to be running through the basics of who's who with this weird family.
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Ah, the 4 men I loathe most in the Iliad. Obviously, we need to acknowledge just how important these men were in Ancient Greece and how they defined an era of heroism, but ... seriously? In today's podcast I'll be briefly chatting about each of these 4 men and explicitly stating why they've irked my soul since the first time I read the incredible homeric epic. Most importantly, how every time I read additional legends surrounding the character I simply hated them more. Important to the greek society? Of course. Monumental in literature? Without a doubt. Men you actually want to be mates with? Oh hell no.
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Welcome to the first episode of our Mini Moan series! Today's episode is an educational rant about why I hate Theseus (the man who killed the minotaur) and Jason (the guy who captured the Golden Fleece). Both these men are without a doubt "Greek Heroes" in all senses of the phrase, however even though my team and I can appreciate them in their ancient context, they are both absolute d*ckheads.
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