Analysis

220 – The Iliad & Misconceptions About It

The Mythcreant Podcast
The Iliad is a critical work of western literature that has influenced countless works throughout history and into the present day. But when a story is retold and adapted this often, important elements are distorted until they barely resemble the original. That’s why we’ve invited our favorite Iliad enthusiast to come talk about it. Listen as we discuss how Hector isn’t cool, why horses can talk, and that even the ancient Greeks had trouble with exposition.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Iliad

Apollodorus, The Library

Iphigenia

Achilles

Patroclus

Agamemnon

Menelaus 

Hector

Euphrobus

Diomede

NBA Jam Fire

Briseis

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Comments

  1. Julia

    Great podcast, guys! But now I’m sad that we don’t have The Horsiad – with a giant, wooden horse talking its way into Troy.

  2. Tifa

    Another awesome podcast! Have you guys ever seen the illustrated Illiad and Odyssey, with pictures by Alan Lee? Absolutely stunning.

    Also, after listening, I decided to watch Overly Sarcastic Productions versions of both. It’s one of my favourite Youtube channels: fun times with mythology galore, sarcasm, witty humour, and Chibis.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      I hadn’t heard of that, but some googling shows it looks awesome, thanks for the recommendation!

      • Tifa

        That’s great to hear [read?]. I hope you enjoy them! If I only had to pick one favourite Youtube channel, it’d be OSP, definitely.

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