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Greek mythology and history inspire Janell Rhiannon's adult mythology series, The Homeric Chronicles. In this podcast series, she shares how her research informed major plot structures and the various surprises that cast new light on old (and new) Trojan War characters. Her ultimate goal is to elevate the female voices of the Trojan War era, bringing a wider female audience to a genre that is most typically geared toward masculine perspectives. **For exclusive content become at Myrmidon Elit ...
 
A unique view of mythology ... Imagine: Ancient Greek gods in the modern world ... Were the Greek gods no more than myths? Modern scholars say so. What if they're wrong? ... Join best selling author and mythologist Patrick Garner as he explores each of the major Greek gods--Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Athena, Poseidon, Ares and many others--and offers rare insights into who these divine beings were--and what became of them ... LIKE TO LISTEN? COMPELLING NEW STORIES ABOUT THE GODS ARE A ...
 
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Welcome to Episode 36. Today we examine the difficult topic of sacrifice. The discussion of killing animals upsets many people. If you’re one of them, this may be an episode to avoid. Sacrifice was so common in the ancient world that no one thought twice about the practice. On the contrary, sacrifice was an essential means of communication between …
 
Welcome to Episode 35. In this show we identify the most exalted and powerful mortal women in Greece. Who were they? ... Priestesses, serving goddesses, and in some cases, gods. These women were the equivalent of today’s superstars. Their names were known by everyone, they conducted sacrifices, and they led festivals and celebrations throughout the…
 
Welcome to Episode 34! Here we take our inspiration from the Muses, nine goddesses and daughters of the mighty Zeus. 3,000 years ago they lit the fire behind every masterpiece. Many of us say they play the identical role today, inspiring songwriters, poets, playwrights and writers. They inspired artists and scientists alike. Pythagoras, the father …
 
Welcome to Episode 33 where we meet Pythagoras, a 6th century B.C. genius. Was he man or god? Not even his contemporaries were sure. Pythagoras himself once said, “There are gods … and there are men … and there is Pythagoras.” Avowedly the son of Apollo, he is known today as the father of mathematics. All modern science and logic sprung from his or…
 
Welcome to Episode 32. In this episode we hang with the mighty Spartans. Where did they come from? How did they grow to dominate the Greek world in all things relating to war? Their society was founded by a man named Lycurgus. Or was it…? Some say it was Apollo — others claimed their bloodline ran directly from the sons of Heracles. They rose and f…
 
Welcome to Episode 31. In this episode we drill down into the world of ancient Greek healing. Was Hippocrates the father of medicine? Hardly. He was preceded by a demi-god, a son of Apollo named Asklepios. Asklepios, who flourished 800 years before Hippocrates, specialized in cures that reset a patient’s age. They were akin to today’s breakthroughs…
 
Welcome to Episode 30 where we survey ancient war and how it formed the Greek notion of the ideal hero. Thousands of years ago heroes were, without exception, brave young men. They expected to die young, valiantly and with the bodies of those they’d slain lying at their feet. In this episode we contrast ancient war involving the gods to modern, sec…
 
Welcome to Episode 29 … Listen as we learn about the real Heracles, Greece’s indisputable superhero. A semi-divine being and the son of Zeus, Heracles experienced tragedies and triumphs. He never refused a challenge. In this episode we look at his 12 labors, his loves and his transformation from mortal to immortal god … Narrated by mythologist and …
 
Welcome to EPISODE 28 -- The Proud, Audacious Amazons The Amazons were sired by the war god, Ares. They reflected their parentage well. As fighting machines they were almost unstoppable. That is, until they confronted Greece's greatest heroes. In this episode we look at their life style -- and their grandest conflicts. Over the course of almost a t…
 
Welcome to EPISODE 27 -- The Dishonored Sky Gods Zeus did not have the sky to himself, and shared it with the sun god Helios, the moon goddess Selene, and others. This arrangement worked well until an even greater force than Zeus came on the scene. This episode tells the story of the sky gods who were bested by science. That was a new way to explai…
 
Welcome to Episode 26, THE THREE HELENS This episode features the story of Helen of Troy, also known as the woman whose "face launched a thousand ships.” She was beautiful, but ended up being a pawn of the gods in the Trojan War. The effort to rescue her actually changed Greek history by being the impetus to unite the Greek city-states. As often ha…
 
EP 25: You Tell Apollo He’s A Myth … Welcome to Episode 25. This episode explores whether the gods are real or -- as scholars state -- myths. In this unique podcast we take a different approach, daring to examine whether we’ve all been misled. What if the Greek gods simply walked? What if they tired of the affairs and the squabbling that was a cons…
 
… Welcome to Podcast 24. This episode excavates the story of Medusa. I say ‘excavate’ because today we think of Medusa as a monster whose glance could turn men to stone. But there’s much more to her story. It’s been buried. So first we shovel aside the stones and debris. What do we find? Before she was a monster, she was a beautiful girl. While a t…
 
... Welcome to Episode 23, DEMETER - BEST GIFT EVER The Greek gods do everything humans can do, but on a grander scale. When Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, gives bountiful harvests, all rejoice. How do you top that? When her kidnapped daughter is returned, the grateful goddess gives Greeks the promise of a happy afterlife. Talk about the BEST…
 
... Welcome to Episode 22, SATYRS & A CYCLOPES You’ve probably heard of satyrs, but not thought beyond their strange appearance. They are the combination of 4 or 5 animals, including humans. The big difference between satyrs and humans, though, is in their approach toward life. In this episode, satyrs collide with a one-eyed giant called a cyclopes…
 
... Welcome to Episode 21, Oedipus & the Sphinx.. This episode features the story of Oedipus, an extraordinarily tragic figure in Greek mythology who tries to do his best, but is bested by the Fates. He meets the Sphinx—not the Egyptian version but the divine sphinx that terrified the Greeks in the city of Thebes. She killed man after man by posing…
 
New stories about the gods! Homo Divinitas, by podcaster Patrick Garner, is now available on Amazon as an audible book! ... Welcome to Episode 20. We’re taking a short break from our usual episodes to hear Chapter 1 of the audible book, Homo Divinitas. It has the same Greek gods you love, but they show up in the modern world where they meddle and m…
 
... Welcome to Episode 19. This episode focuses on a woman who was, perhaps, the most powerful in all of Greece. The daughter of the sun god, Helios, Medea was a sorceress and the infamous wife of Jason, the hero and leader of the Argonauts … Medea was really the mastermind of all of Jason’s heroic acts. Without her he would have been nothing. With…
 
... Welcome to Episode 18. Here we open Pandora’s Box, and inside, to our horror, we find ... the Fates and the Furies. All divine, the Three Fates and the Three Furies were daughters of the ancient being Nyx, who was herself the daughter of Chaos … The Fates presided at every birth, determining a mortal’s lifespan and occupation. The Furies were e…
 
... Welcome to Episode 17. In this podcast we enter the extraordinary world of nymphs. These semi-divine beings were young girls who populated and protected every waterway, spring and sacred grove. They were not deathless, but could live for centuries, and were found throughout Greece, Sicily, Crete and on all the Cycladic islands of the Aegean sea…
 
... Welcome to Episode 16, where we linger on the mysterious island of Aeaea with the goddess Circe. She trafficked in herbs and magical spells, and became infamous for turning sailors who stumbled onto her beaches into wolves, and wolves into swine, and swine into snakes … Circe’s lasting fame arose during the year the wily Odysseus spent in her c…
 
... Welcome to Episode 15, where we travel back to Athens in our mythology time machine for one grand purpose: We seek to experience the famous Eleusinian Mysteries. The Mysteries were a must-attend, life-or-death ritual. Those who successfully participated were assured a pleasant afterlife. And those who did not attend were herded by Hades into a …
 
... Welcome to Episode 14 where we look at the adventures — and the strangely modern travails — of the wine-god, Dionysos, whom the Romans called Bacchus. An ancient being, he was the exotic god of ecstasy and dance. The inventor of theater and wine, he was alternately celebrated and feared. Whereas many of the Olympic gods exploited women, he was …
 
... Welcome to Episode 13. How many of us know the god Hephaistos? You may think of him as Vulcan… but that's the Roman rebranding of the god who was known by the ancient Greeks as the fire-god. He was the god who turned his disability into a genius that wowed the gods and men alike. His seemingly endless creations were almost unimaginable. Robots …
 
... Welcome to Episode 12. We start with everybody's friend, the winged-foot god Hermes... He's the god of fertility and guide to the underworld… the patron god of thieves and dreams. Then we shift to the queen of the heavens, Hera, who was married to Zeus and takes the crown as the most vindictive wife in history... and to her counterpart, Hestia,…
 
... Welcome to Episode11. Listen as we wander in the shadows of ancient crossroads with the goddess Hekate, the patron of today’s witches. She was as close a friend to Hades as she was to the divine huntress, Artemis. We finish the second half of the episode in the company of the god of war, the remorseless Ares. Hekate easily slipped between the w…
 
... In our 10th episode we meet The Pythia, perhaps Greece's most astonishing figure. She served as Apollo's voice of prophesy. And unsurprisingly, she was never wrong. You may have heard her referred to as the Delphic Oracle, because she lived in Delphi, which the Greeks considered the center of the world The Pythia was considered infallible, and …
 
... In our best installment yet (and our 9th episode) , we meet Aphrodite. You might think of her as Venus, but the Greeks knew her as Aphrodite, the eternal Goddess of Love. Her origins are amazing, and her decision to devote herself to the arts of love are an amazing decision, as you will see. What happened to this seductress? Reassuringly, nothi…
 
... In the 8th episode of Garner's Greek Mythology , we meet Zeus' two brothers, Poseidon and Hades. The first was the Lord of the Sea, and the second? The dark Lord of the Underworld. Poseidon, known to the Romans as Neptune, ruled all waters. When crossed he could create earthquakes and rake shorelines with mighty tsunamis. Sailors sacrificed to …
 
... This is episode 7 of Garner's Greek Mythology. Apollo was the god of prophesy and healing. Known as the sun-god, he founded the famous temple in Delphi from which the Pythia issued warnings and prophesies for more than 1200 years. Apollo also established centers for healing throughout Greece. Yet like his sister Artemis, he was a god of contrad…
 
... This is episode 6 of Garner's Greek Mythology. What a journey! Here we discuss Artemis, the protector of girls, women and all things that suckle--yet, we learn that she was also a skilled hunter. Like Athene and the gods, this goddess was riddled with contradictions. The Romans in their infuriating way renamed her Diane ... She was a proud virg…
 
... This is episode 5 of Garner's Greek Mythology. Here we discuss Athene, the so-called rational goddess of war. Was she? Hardly. Like all the gods she was complex and riddled with contradictions. Her stories are frequently those of passion and outrage. Reason was often set aside by this goddess who was considered the most intelligent of all the O…
 
... In this episode 4 of Garner's Greek Mythology, we look at Zeus, the greatest Olympic god. He's best revealed through his many stories--and the episode is filled with them. Narrated by mythologist and best-selling author, Patrick Garner, Garner's Greek Mythology is unlike any other Greek history series. The series views these divine beings as if…
 
... You‘ve heard of Zeus, Apollo and Aphrodite. In episode 3 we explore the Greek creation story and learn of a divinity who has made the world and has the power to kill gods at her whim. Narrated by mythologist and best-selling author, Patrick Garner, Garner's Greek Mythology is unlike any other Greek history series. The series views these divine …
 
... Episode two examines what really happened to the revered Greek gods and where they are today. Historians treat them as fantasies, as "myths." Here we suspend our disbelief and explore why the gods were never myths; here, too, we follow them as they slowly retreat during the collapse of the Roman empire--and wander into other pursuits as a new r…
 
In Garner's Greek Mythology, we discover that the Greek gods never left! They’re here, now and operating in our modern world. It’s a wildly entertaining exploration that makes today’s world come alive. Narrated by mythologist and best-selling author, Patrick Garner, Garner's Greek Mythology is unlike any other Greek history series as the podcasts v…
 
Part 2 of 2: Continuing the exploration of how Briseis played a crucial part in Achilles life. Part two looks at how their relationship could have developed based on extant sources. By examining Achilles’ response to Agamemnon’s bribery and Briseis’ laments for Patrokles and Achilles, we’re able to glimpse an endearing portrait of one of the most f…
 
Part 1 of 2: An exploration of how Briseis played a central role in the civil war between Achilles and King Agamemnon. Taken as a war prize, she rose in status to become the wife of Achilles’ heart. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.By Janell Rhiannon
 
An exploration of how Penelope evolved into the iconic figure of a faithful wife and cunning ally for her husband. Against the odds, she raised a prince to manhood and confounded dozens of suitors bent on ripping her world away. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.…
 
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