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The most entertaining and enraging stories from mythology told casually, contemporarily, and (let's be honest) sarcastically. Greek and Roman gods did some pretty weird (and awful) things. Liv focuses on Greek and Roman mythology's (mis)treatment of women, the wild things the gods did, and the all around incredible minds of the ancient world. I mean, how did they come up with this stuff? Gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everything in between. Regular episodes every Tuesday, conversatio ...
 
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What tales kept people from thousands of years ago up at night? This Halloween, Ancient History Fangirl teams up with Liv Albert from Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! to delve into spooky stories from the ancient world that will send a shiver up your spine—tales of shrieking Banshees, deathly Furies, and the terrors of Samhain. So spread some salt ove…
 
Oh, cursed, cursed Cassandra. The princess of Troy is an enigma whose story is told in disjointed fragments that this episode weaves together. 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: A…
 
In a series of trailers, LTAMB is highlighting other shows from small, independent people that are doing good things and that you might be interested in. This is a trailer for the podcast The Partial Historians! You can find The Partial Historians on Apple and Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
Some things are eternal. What does Persephone have in common with Sidney Prescott? Or Antigone with Marion Crane? Let Vanessa tell you all about it... Find more about Vanessa's study of horror in myth and Greek tragedy here, and follow her on Twitter for more. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involv…
 
So. Many. Snakes. To continue Spooky Season, a look at the Father of Monsters, Typhoeus (or Typhon), and the near equally monstrous Echidna. 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; Ear…
 
A Spooky Season re-airing of Liv reading Book XI of Homer’s Odyssey, translated into prose by Samuel Butler. Odysseus visits the edge of the Underworld and calls upon the dead... 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 …
 
Dads who devour their children. Disembodied baby heads. Corpses that stand up on the battlefield to prophesy doom. Women who return from the grave to carry on steamy affairs. The Ancient Greeks did ghost stories...a little differently. This week, we team up with Liv Albert from Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! to bring you three ghostly tales from anc…
 
As a continuation from the reading of Apollonios' Argonautika, revisiting the story of Medea and Jason after the return of the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece... This is a re-airing of an episode that aired in 2019. Sources: please see the original episode, LXVII (67) for the sources used. Attributions and licensing information for mu…
 
Doubling human life expectancy in a century is our greatest achievement, says author Steven Johnson. How did we make it happen -- and can we keep it going? Backed by fascinating historical anecdotes, he shares some life-lengthening innovations and reminds us of three key things needed to make sure all of humanity enjoys these advancements in health…
 
A re-airing of two past Spooky Season episodes... All about witches of Greek myth, and werewolves and ghosts! Sources: please see the original episodes, XCIV (94), and the Spooky Halloween Special from 2019, for the sources used. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributio…
 
Communities all over the ancient world had a problem: their dead wouldn't stay in the ground. They rose up as shambolic corpses, gusts of wind and evil spirits, draining human life force and devouring flesh and blood. The vampire myth is an ancient one, found on every continent. Join us as we explore the oldest vampire myths we could find from Sume…
 
As a continuation from the reading of Apollonios' Argonautika, revisiting the story of Medea and Jason after the return of the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece... This is a re-airing of an episode that aired in 2019. Sources: please see the original episode, LXVI (66) for the sources used. Attributions and licensing information for mus…
 
A re-airing of Liv's favourite Spooky Season story... Erysichthon, the man who ate himself, and boogeywomen of ancient Greece. Sources: please see the original episode, XCV (95), for the sources used. Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions. See acast.com/privacy for…
 
The Lupanar, or “Wolf Den,” is the infamous brothel of Pompeii. Elodie Harper’s bestselling novel follows the lives of the sex workers who lived and worked there—their passions, their heartbreaks, and the tightly-knit community they built for themselves. Today, we’ve invited Elodie on the show to talk about the realities of sex workers’ lives in th…
 
Liv reads Book IV, part 3 of Apollonios' Argonautika, translated by RC Seaton. In the final part of the Argonautika, the Argonauts leave Phaeacia with Jason and Medea married before getting lost in Libya and then finally, finally, reaching the Greek mainland. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of an epic. Fo…
 
Liv speaks with Amy Pistone Greek Tragedy, specifically: Sophocles and why he's every bit as good as Euripides, maybe... better? The plays referened are Sophocles' The Women of Trachis, Oedipus Tyrannos, Ajax, and Philoctetes and Euripides Medea, Bacchae, and Orestes. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typicall…
 
Last week, we told you about the lives of five courtesans in Classical Athens. But we left someone out--perhaps the most elite hetaera of them all. Long-term partner of a leading Athenian statesman, darling of the philosophical set, survivor of the plague of Athens—she threw her own parties, and they were the best parties ever thrown within a hundr…
 
Liv reads Book IV, part 2 of Apollonios' Argonautika, translated by RC Seaton. Fleeing from Colchis, the Argonauts reach Circe's island before making their way to the Phaeacians. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of an epic. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! Attr…
 
Liv speaks with Dr. Cora Beth Fraser all about the Minotaur, Asterion, in the Labyrinth in all its forms and how he relates to autistic people and autism! Follow Cora Beth on Twitter here, follow the new resource for neuro-divergency in Classics, Asterion, on Twitter here and check out Asterion's website here. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involv…
 
In our last few episodes on sex workers in ancient Greece, we tried to paint a picture of a group of women, in some cases, with more freedom and independence than most in the ancient Greek world could dream of. But that freedom came at a price. Now, we’re going to tell you about the lives of some of ancient Greece’s most famous Hetaerae. Get ad-fre…
 
Global obesity rates are on the rise, but body shaming campaigns are doing more harm than good, says medical anthropologist Nancy N. Chen. Reflecting on how the cultural histories of body ideals have changed over time, she offers a new way to view ourselves and our health by enhancing body diversity to close the gap between what's ideal and what's …
 
Liv reads Book IV, part 1 of Apollonios' Argonautika, translated by RC Seaton. Medea flees Colchis with Jason and the Argonauts and they come up with a plan to get away from the Colchian ships, and Medea's brother Apsyrtus, following them. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of an epic. For regular episodes l…
 
Liv speaks with Danielle LaRose, actor and playwright, about her newest work: The Amazonomachy, a play retelling the myths of the Amazons (plus they talk Amazons generally, along with other fun things!). Learn more about Tiger's Hearts Collective here. For more information about Achilles & Patroclus check out the Seattle Opera. CW/TW: far too many …
 
The symposia--all-male drinking parties--were the playground and hunting ground of Athens' elite courtesans. But they had their dangers, too. Join us as we attend a symposium with the fast set of Ancient Athens. We’re going to hang out with the hetaerae, drink our faces off, flirt outrageously with everyone in range, and debate with the philosopher…
 
Some believe Eurpides' play ends with Iphigenia walking to her sacrifice, but there's an epilogue that may or may not have been written by the tragedian. 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: I…
 
The Greeks weren't able to sail for Troy but for the sacrifice of Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Part three of Euripides's tragedy retelling Iphigenia's fate. 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 thi…
 
Liv speaks with Joe Goodkin, the modern Homeric Bard, about his work's Joe's Odyssey and the Blues of Achilles. They chat Homeric epics and the field of Classics. Follow Joe on Twitter here, and visit the websites mentioned: Joe's Odyssey, the Blues of Achilles, and JoeGoodkin.com. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction…
 
The conventional wisdom is that sex workers in ancient Greece were divided into two main categories: pornai who were enslaved in brothels, and hetaerae, who were elite courtesans. That’s actually a drastic oversimplification. This is the beginning of a journey into the world of sex workers in ancient Greece. Join us as we explore what life was like…
 
Dating back more than 800 years, chocolate is deeply woven into the Indigenous history of Oaxaca, Mexico. TED Fellow Germán Santillán talks about his work reviving the Mixtec technique used to prepare this ancient delicacy by training a new generation of local farmers -- helping create economic opportunity and preserve a delicious legacy at the sam…
 
The Greeks weren't able to sail for Troy but for the sacrifice of Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Part two of Euripides's tragedy retelling Iphigenia's fate. 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…
 
We're so thrilled to announce our very first live(streamed) event, in partnership with Liv Albert from Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! and Moment House! We'll be taking our drunk mythology series live to tell you the story of the founding of Athens--from a rooftop in Athens, in sight of the Parthenon! Listen in as Genn and Jenny tell you more about t…
 
In a series of trailers, LTAMB is highlighting other shows from small, independent people that are doing good things and that you might be interested in. This is a trailer for the podcast Ancient History Fangirl! Liv is doing an exclusive livestream event with AHFGYou September 12th at 12pm Eastern (though it can be streamed in the following week, …
 
Liv reads Book III, part 3 of Apollonios' Argonautika, translated by RC Seaton. Medea and Jason finally meet when Medea begins helping Jason in completing the quests for Aeetes. First up, some angry bronze bulls. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a reading of an epic. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv …
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. Close your eyes and imagine a loving family. Devoted parents and six children: three happy brothers and three happy sisters. The father, Germanicus, is a war hero—beloved by the people, and next in line for the throne. Life is good. Life…
 
The Greeks weren't able to sail for Troy but for the sacrifice of Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Even for Agamemnon, this one's particularly dark and Euripides's tragedy retelling Iphigenia's fate is the best way to tell her story. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monst…
 
Liv speaks with Vanessa Stovall about studying depictions of hair in myth and tragedy of the Classical world, the intricacies of myth and tragedy broadly, and a healthy dose of why Apollo isn't all that. You can follow Vanessa on twitter here, read her Corona Borealis publication on Medium here, and watch the Barnard/Columbia production of Iphigeni…
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. Our only explanation for this episode is that it was Jenny's birthday and she wanted to have some friends over. So we invited Katy and Nathan from Queens Podcast to come on our podcast and drink us under the table. Join us on a drunken r…
 
After killing Medusa, Perseus comes across the Phoenician-Ethiopian princess, Andromeda, awaiting death by sea monster. He steps in, for a price... For the article referred to at the end of the episode: sententiaeantiquae.com/2021/08/07/just-a-girl-being-briseis CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically invo…
 
Liv speaks with Laura Jenkinson Brown of Greek Myth Comix all about the heroes of epic, breaking down the good and the bad of Achilles, Odysseus, and Aeneas. Follow Laura on Twitter or visit her website greekmythcomix.com. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as de…
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. Hippolyte and her golden belt. Penthesilea and the fall of Troy. The Daughters of Ares. Atalanta and the golden apples. They're everywhere in Greek mythology: fierce, deadly women warriors. But in a society as male-dominated as ancient G…
 
Perseus's quest continues as he goes in search of the Gorgons sisters with a little (a lot) help from the gods. Looking at all the variations on this myth and their implications on one of the most ancient heroes... For more information on the intricacies of Medusa and all the variations over ~700 years, listen to this episode. CW/TW: far too many G…
 
Liv reads Book III, part of Apollonios' Argonautika, translated by RC Seaton. This one's all about Medea. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's simply a bonus reading of an epic. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be f…
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. In this episode, the epic story of the elephant of war continues. Join noted elephant adventurers King Pyrrhus of Epirus (he of the Pyrrhic victory), Julius Caesar, Hannibal Barca, and Lady Trieu of Vietnam as they stomp their enemies in…
 
Revisiting the story of Perseus: the details and variations, the so-called "full" story of the (mostly) heroic hero's origins and his quest to save his mother, Danae. 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 thin…
 
Liv speaks with Kyle Lewis Jordan about the complexities of Hephaestus, both in relation to his impairment and as a god of creation and so much else, in addition to scholarship of disability in the ancient world more broadly. In part two they focus on Hephaestus's relationship with Athena and Aphrodite, the more problematic ideas relating to him an…
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. Forget what you thought you knew about Dionysus and his cozy wine-drinking image. This is the Dionysus of Thrace. The Dionysus of Mithradates. Of Spartacus. Of revolutionaries across the classical world. This is the story of how one wand…
 
Hephaestus beyond the drama: the importance and lasting impact of the god of the forge (there are *robots*!). 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; the Homeric Hymn to Hephaestus tra…
 
Curious about Let's Talk About Myths, Baby!? Here's the basics, you're in for a wild (and rant-filled) ride. 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 opt-out information.
 
Liv speaks with Kyle Lewis Jordan about the complexities of Hephaestus, both in relation to his impairment and as a god of creation and so much else, in addition to scholarship of disability in the ancient world more broadly. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as…
 
We're on hiatus until September 2. Until then, please enjoy some of our favorite episodes from the back catalog. Think the Amazons of Greek myth were mythical? Think again. The Greeks based their Amazons on the real-life warrior women next door. Centuries ago, ancient writers claimed that Scythian women of the Eurasian Steppe fought in battle along…
 
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