Episode Six: A White Lie -
Myth Dynamite x Hardeep Dhindsa
This episode, Abi and Sarah bring you our interview for Season Two with the wonderful Hardeep Dhindsa (*trumpet fanfare*).
In our fascinating chat with Hardeep, we cover issues like the discipline divides in the UK, whiteness and Classics, and why most Classicists are “afraid of post-modernism”. (Honestly, anything this side of the eruption of Vesuvius is all a bit much for us). And we do this, all within an episode that brings you art (just can’t help ourselves), Troy and Troy: Fall of a City, studying in Rome, The Carter’s Apeshit, and Hardeep just generally ticking all of our mythological boxes (we’re looking at you Polyphemus and Sarpedon).
The title of this episode was lovingly ripped straight from Hardeep’s own MA thesis (with his kind permission) because we can’t resist a pun.
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!)