Episodes
Finally, finally, Aeneas and the Trojans reach Latium. But Hera isn't finished with them yet! CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Virgil's Aeneid, translated by Sarah Ruden. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and...
Published 11/24/20
Liv reads Book X of Homer’s Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. Winds! Laestrygonians! And a witch, Circe. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of Homer. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! For a list of Roman/Latin names and who they were in the Greek, visit: mythsbaby.com/names  Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here:...
Published 11/20/20
The *official* 100th episode is here! Sing, Muses, of the Oracle, the woman who held the fates of the Greeks in her hands. And of yourselves, the women who give us the arts and all its wonders. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Theoi.com; Hesiod's Theogony and the Homeric Hymns translated by Hugh Evelyn White; The Oracle: Ancient...
Published 11/17/20
Liv reads Book IX of Homer’s Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. Odysseus tells the story of he and his men arriving on the island of the Cyclopes. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of Homer. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! For a list of Roman/Latin names and who they were in the Greek, visit: mythsbaby.com/names  Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be...
Published 11/13/20
Aeneas travels to the Underworld to speak with his father and learn the future of his descendants including, once again, Caesar and Augustus themselves! CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Virgil's Aeneid, translated by Sarah Ruden. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here:...
Published 11/10/20
Liv reads Book VIII of Homer's Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. Having arrived before King Antinous, Odysseus is welcomed by the Phaeacians who hold athletic games and a feast in the stranger's honour. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of Homer. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! For a list of Roman/Latin names and who they were in the Greek, visit: mythsbaby.com/names Attributions and...
Published 11/06/20
Liv speaks with Bettany Hughes about all things Aphrodite, Venus, and her ancestors throughout even more ancient Mediterranean cultures. You can find Bettany Hughes's book Venus and Aphrodite at your local bookstore. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here:...
Published 11/03/20
Liv reads Book VII of Homer's Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. Odysseus meets with Alcinous and Arete, king and queen of the Phaeacians. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of Homer. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! For a list of Roman/Latin names and who they were in the Greek, visit: www.mythsbaby.com/names Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found...
Published 10/30/20
It's here: the final episode of Spooky Season... featuring the mother-daughter goddesses of darkness themselves, Nyx and Eris, and their deadly dynasty of murder, manslaughter, and overall mayhem, including serial killers of Greek mythology. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Hesiod's Theogony translated by Hugh Evelyn White;...
Published 10/27/20
Liv reads Book six of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Read..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 10/23/20
There's horror movie horror, and there's "the world is dark and awful" horror. This episode has a little of each... The Daughters of Minyas could've used to be a bit more deferential to the god Dionysus, and Procne and Philomela, well, they were just unlucky enough to meet Tereus. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault (this one especially). 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...
Published 10/20/20
Liv reads Book 5 of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Read..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 10/16/20
For the next episode in Spooky Season, we travel to Thessaly where their king, Erysichthon gets a horrifying punishment for his crimes against Demeter, and Thessalian witches dominate stories from Rome. Plus, Lamia and Empoussa... monsters and vampires. CW/TW: eating disorders; and as usual: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Magic,...
Published 10/13/20
Liv reads Book 4 of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads ..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 10/09/20
It's officially Spooky Season! Ancient werewolves, ghosts, and haunted houses... CW/TW: this episode contains less mythological references to sexual assault and may be more triggering than typical episodes, there is a warning in the episode prior to that story and can easily be avoided. Sources: Theoi: https://www.theoi.com/Heros/Lykaon.html; Ovid's Metamorphoses translated by Allen Mandelbaum; Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel...
Published 10/06/20
Liv reads Book III of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads the..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 10/02/20
Abandoning queens! Burial anniversary celebrations! Funereal ship races! Aeneas and the Trojans set off from Carthage, but there is more in their way. They must land on Sicily where they take the opportunity to hold some anniversary funereal rites for Aeneas's father, Anchises. Plus, a ghost! CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: The...
Published 09/29/20
Liv reads Book 2 of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads ..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 09/25/20
In this special episode devoted to even more on the queen of Carthage, Dido, Liv teams up with Genn and Jenny of Ancient History Fangirl for a rundown of why Rome "needed" so much Augustan propaganda, and what that means for the real Carthage and the mythological Dido. There's drunken elephants, loathing of Julius Caesar, gossip about Augustus's family, Cleopatra, Ovid, and of course, Dido. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods...
Published 09/22/20
Liv reads Book 1 of the Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Odyssey. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads Homer..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 09/18/20
Due to some technical difficulties, this is a re-airing of an earlier episode. There's more to Queen Dido than Virgil tells us in the Aeneid, she had a life before Aeneas came to town, if you can believe it! This mini myth covers the story of Dido's founding of Carthage outside of what is told in the Aeneid. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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...
Published 09/15/20
Liv reads Book 24 of the Iliad, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Iliad. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads the..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 09/11/20
Dido's fate is determined by Aeneas's stubbornness and the far too potent love spell of Venus... Things get sad and dark for Carthage. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. 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. Sources: Virgil's Aeneid, translated by Sarah Ruden; the Dido song mentioned is called My Lover's Gone. Sponsors! For 50% off your first Care/Of order go to...
Published 09/08/20
Liv reads Book 23 of the Iliad, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. This is not a standard episode, it's simply a reading of the Iliad. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads the..." in the title! This translation uses the Roman names for gods and heroes. Here's a list Greek to Roman names to help you out: Zeus = Jove/Jupiter Hera = Juno Athena = Minerva/Pallas Minerva Ares = Mars Aphrodite = Venus (Cyprian goddess); also sometimes her mother is Dione Poseidon =...
Published 09/04/20
This is a bonus reading of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes to accompany today's episode on Hermes. This Homeric Hymn tells the story of the birth of Hermes and all the adventures he had as a newborn baby (they were plentiful). It's sometimes attributed to Homer, but comes from a similar time period in any case. This translation is by Hugh Evelyn-White and is in the Public Domain. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here:...
Published 09/01/20