Greek Mythology Retold

Greek Mythology Retold

Janell Rhiannon draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Greek mythology and history to craft her adult mythology series, The Homeric Chronicles. She shares her indepth research in every episode of the Greek Mythology Retold Podcast. Discover the delightful surprises that breathe fresh life into both well-known and obscure figures of the Trojan War era. Join Janell Rhiannon on a transformative odyssey, where the echoes of ancient Greek history harmonize with the enchantment of Greek myth.

Episodes

November 25, 2023 29 mins
An exploration of Oenone, the wife of Paris and mother of Corythus. She plays a pivitol role in Paris's life and the final days of the Trojan War.
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An discussion of Dr. Casey Due Hackney's essay on mothering similes in the Iliad and how modern day warriors reflect the same emotions as the depicted in Homer's work. The heart-breaking 2010 documentary, Restrepo, about the Afghanistan war is also referenced.
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September 12, 2022 22 mins
This episode explores the essay written by Dr. Casey Due Hackney where she discusses the "mother bird" simile in relation to Achilles and the book Achilles in Vietnam by Dr. Jonathan Shay. The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus (Patrokles) is also discussed.
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August 18, 2021 41 mins
An exploration of Thetis, the daughter of Nereus, wife to King Peleus, and mother of Achilles. She played a pivotal role in Achilles' life and in the fallout of the Trojan War.
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March 10, 2021 23 mins
An indepth look at Queen Hecuba's intimate relationships as as a queen, wife, and mother after she is forced to give up her second son, Paris. Pre and post Trojan War era.
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Part 2 of 2: Continuing the exploration of Achilles "history" with myth-facts about his childhood and training. And how his role in the Trojan War as a combat veteran and commander shaped his most intimate relationships.
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An exploration of Achilles "history" with myth-facts about his childhood and training. And how his role in the Trojan War as a combat veteran and commander shaped his most intimate relationships.
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An exploration of how Helen of Troy and Sparta became the symbolic spark of the Trojan War. As a favorite of Aphrodite, she endured the goddess’ blessings and curses. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.
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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 famous Iliadic heroines. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the fem...
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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.
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December 17, 2018 43 mins
An exploration of how Andromache’s experience of the Trojan War typified that of women in the ancient world. Unlike her Greek counterparts, Andromache lived through the war, day by day, alongside her husband, Hektor. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.
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September 18, 2018 34 mins
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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An exploration of two queens: Hecuba and Leda. These two opposing matriarchs of Greek mythology's most prestigious royal families have more in common, than not. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.
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An exploration of why Clytemnestra is one of the most powerful women in Greek mythology. The Wonder Women of Greek Mythology series focuses on the female characters of the Trojan War era.
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April 29, 2018 14 mins
The final episode in the timeline of the Trojan War series focuses on the generation of the First Trojan War, covering Herakles and Hesione, King Laomedon, and Podarces (Priam) and reveals how these events are tied chronologically to the second, more popular Trojan War.
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April 27, 2018 20 mins
Continuing with the timeline of the Pre-Trojan War years, this episode focuses on events surrounding Helen of Sparta. How old was she when she was "taken" by Paris? When was she "taken" by Paris? How old was Helen compared to Achilles and Paris? These questions and several others are answered in this second episode.
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April 22, 2018 12 mins
How the "Golden Apple" event and the "Judgement of Paris" inform a clearer understanding of a chronological narrative of the pre-Trojan War years.
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