Episode Eleven and Twelve: Trouble
O Times, O mores! Yes, we did just use an obnoxious Cicero joke to signal the end of times. Or, more accurately, the end of times you’ll get an episode this season. But don’t worry, we’ve saved the best ‘til last for our season finale. You didn’t think we’d go out like a lead balloon, did you? Sarah and Abi are excited this week to bring you a double helping of raging about Odysseus.
In this episode, we take one of Greek myth’s best-loved heroes and ... well ... rip him a new one. Sarah tries to play devil’s advocate – she makes some good points about his sexual entrapment with Calypso. But all-in-all the positivity doesn’t last long, and this is mostly a tirade about his terrible choices and insufferably vanity. Remember – the tales of Odysseus’ travels home in Homer’s Odyssey are mostly reported speech from the master-wordsmith himself. Big shock, he comes across well.
Myth Dynamite is a labour of absolute and unequivocal love for ancient mythology. We - Abi and Sarah - met back in 2016 when we both decided to happily sacrifice another year of further study at the altar of the Olympian Gods. We left a year later, with shiny new MA Classics degrees, and a firm friendship.
Ever since we've had dinner after dinner (billed as catch ups) that would unsurprisingly result in conversations on myth, and how its many, many stories reflect and refract some of today's issues: sexuality, the self, gender, power, family, respect, and humanity's immutable ability to metamorphose (lovely little Ovid reference for those who know, and for those who don't head over to our first full episode 'One Poet to Rule them All' to find out. A shameless plug, we'll admit it.)
It became very clear to us, that we had a lot to say - and we want to share it with people: other people who love myth; people who have some idea of myth; and people who haven't come across ancient Greek and Roman myths before.
Hence - after a long time spent developing it (read talking about myth some more) - a shining star, which Myth Dynamite will hopefully be for people, was born (If you haven't, please see Disney's 'Hercules' stat).
N.B. This is ancient myth and we're not censoring it. There will be adult content throughout.
We hope you have as much fun listening to us rabbit on about myth as we had making this podcast.
Welcome to Myth Dynamite!
Executive Producer & Co-host
Abi is beginning to near the end (or so she tells herself) of her PhD at King’s College London. She researches the landscapes of various myths found in paintings from Pompeii and in the mythological masterpiece poem: the Metamorphoses by Ovid. Abi hopes that this podcast will fill the inevitable Classics void that will open up after finishing her PhD and getting a real job.
Executive Producer & Co-Host
Sarah works for an international university in London in Fundraising, updating donors on the impact their support has. Clearly, the Ancient World and its myths still beckon on a regular basis, so she hopes to start on her own PhD in the coming years. Apparently, according to her, Narcissus hasn't received enough love yet (other from himself, of course!)