32 episodes

Each episode we take a fresh look at an ancient myth from Greece or Rome. Join us as we discuss what the ancient sources have to say for themselves about some of our favourite myths.

Further information, including music credits, available on the blog http://mythtake.blog or our PodBean site http://alisoninnes.podbean.com.

Hosts @darrinsunstrum and @InnesAlison

MythTake Alison Innes & Darrin Sunstrum

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    • 4.8, 4 Ratings

Each episode we take a fresh look at an ancient myth from Greece or Rome. Join us as we discuss what the ancient sources have to say for themselves about some of our favourite myths.

Further information, including music credits, available on the blog http://mythtake.blog or our PodBean site http://alisoninnes.podbean.com.

Hosts @darrinsunstrum and @InnesAlison

    Episode 32: An Interview with John Bracey

    Episode 32: An Interview with John Bracey

    Welcome to a special episode of MythTake! Rather than bring you our usual format of myth analysis, we're doing something a little different. We're giving this episode over to talk about race in classics.

    The Black Lives Matter movement has been gaining renewed momentum, and hashtags like #shutdownacademia and #blackintheivory are highlighting the experiences of Black people in academia. Classics itself is a predominately white whose area of research gets co-opted for white supremacist causes. To push back against this, and to help elevate Black voices in Classics, we put out a Twitter call for Black classicists to use our platform to share their stories. Today, we're pleased to bring you this interview with John Bracey.

    John Bracey, aka @magisterbracey on Twitter, is a Latin teacher in Massachusetts teaching Latin using the Comprehensible Input technique.. He has an MA in Classics from Boston College and in 2016 he was named Latin Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. He leads workshops for teachers around the US on language teaching.

    He has written in Eidolon about his experience trying to get hired as a Black Latin teacher and why students of color don’t take Latin.

    Find John online at https://magisterbracey.com.

    This episode is kindly sponsored by Our Voices in Classics, a not-for-profit organization that proactively seeks to amplify and uplift the voices of students and scholars at all levels whom the field of Classics has traditionally marginalized, ignored, or silenced.

     


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    Episode 31: Heroes in the Time of COVID

    Episode 31: Heroes in the Time of COVID

    We're baaack! We've been hearing a lot about heroes in the news lately and it's got us thinking. The word's being used to describe doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery people, truck drivers, and grocery store workers-- all the people who are keeping our society going through the COVID-19 pandemic. But what do we really mean when we call someone a hero? Do our heroes today resemble the heroes of myth? Or are we using the label "hero" to escape societal responsibilities?
    Join Darrin and Alison for this special pandemic issue of MythTake. Guest appearance by our new feline production manager!
     
    Links:
    Mattel Commemorates the Heroes of the Pandemic With New Line of Action Figures (Adweek)
    America's Heroism Trap (Slate)
    Healthcare Workers Deserve More than Hero Memes (Passage)
    I’m An NHS Doctor. I Don’t Want To Be A Hero – I Want To Do My Job Without The Risks (Huffington Post)
    Calling Healthcare Workers "Heroes" Sets Them Up to be Sacrificed (GQ)
    'Hero' Rings Hollow (LA Times)
     
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    • 57 min
    Episode 30: MythTake at the Movies-- Aquaman

    Episode 30: MythTake at the Movies-- Aquaman

    This episode we head to the movies and apply our mythological skills to the recent release Aquaman (starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard and Directed by James Wan). Spoiler alerts! 
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    Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram (Alliterative); Joelle Barfoot; Erika Dilworth; Stargate Pioneer (Better Podcasting); Dan Lizotte; and Greg Beu.
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    • 56 min
    Episode 29: From the Vault--Crossover Episode with Jeff Wright and Ryan Stitt

    Episode 29: From the Vault--Crossover Episode with Jeff Wright and Ryan Stitt

    It's New Year's Eve and that means out with the old and in with the new! While cleaning out the MythTake vault, we found this unreleased recording from earlier this year, so we're wrapping it up and giving it to you now.
    In the summer of 2018, four intrepid podcasters-- Alison, Darrin, Ryan, and Jeff-- headed off to the Shaw Festival to watch Stephen Fry perform Heroes, the second part of his three-part trilogy Mythos, based on his book by the same name. Then we talked about it. Here is that conversation.
    Mythos: A Trilogy--Gods. Heroes. Men. written and performed by Stephen Fry and directed by Tim Carroll at the Shaw Festival, 2018
    Mythos by Stephen Fry, published 2017.
    Special Podcast Guests
    Jeff Wright of Trojan War Podcast
    Ryan Stitt of The History of Ancient Greece 
     
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    These people like our show so much, they decided to support us on Patreon! Thank you so much!
    Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram (Alliterative); Joelle Barfoot; Erika Dilworth; Stargate Pioneer (Better Podcasting); Greg Beu; Jeff Wright (Trojan War Podcast); and Dan Lizote.
    We want to hear from you!
    Join us on Twitter @InnesAlison and @darrinsunstrum or @MythtakePodcast.
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    Like what you hear? Please support us on Patreon.
    We're a part of the #HumanitiesPodcasts podcasting community. Check out the hashtag and follow @HumCommCasters to find many more engaging and knowledgeable podcasts.
    This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 28: Antigone

    Episode 28: Antigone

     
    This episode is all about Antigone. We discuss a recent local production of Antigone that explores the current cultural significance of the play and explore a variety of themes. We also have a special free give away for our listeners!
    Antigone, Adapted and Directed by Mike Griffin
    Literature & History Episode 32 Antigone
    History of Ancient Greece Episode 51 Sophocles
     
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    Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram (Alliterative); Joelle Barfoot; Erika Dilworth; Stargate Pioneer (Better Podcasting); Greg Beu; Jeff Wright (Trojan War Podcast); and Dan Lizote.
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    Join us on Twitter @InnesAlison and @darrinsunstrum or @MythtakePodcast.
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    This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse

    Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse

     


    We're back with a full-length episode! For episode 27, we crack open our shiny new copy of Emily Wilson's translation of Odyssey! After a chat about the challenges of accessing myths through translation, we  take a look at a small episode that makes up a big part of the Trojan War myth. We hope we do this beautiful translation justice!
    We also have listener mail from Andrew, who asks us for some reading recommendations. Check out our recommended reading and listening!
     
    Source Passages
    Odyssey 8. 482- 520 (Trans. Wilson).
    Translation Sources
    Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Emily Wilson. 2018.
    Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Richmond Lattimore. 1967.
     
    Recommended Listening
    Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram. The Endless Knot. Episode 50: Translating the Odyssey, with Emily Wilson. Jan. 3, 2018. 
    Curtis Dozier. Mirror of Antiquity. Episode 1: Translating the Past, with Rachel Kitzinger. Jan. 2, 2018. 
    Jeff Wright. Trojan War: The Podcast. 
    Recommended Reading 
    Bruce Meyer. Heroes: From Heracles to Superman. 2007.
    Bruno Snell. The Discovery of the Mind in Greek Philosophy and Literature. 2011.
    Christopher Logue. All Day Permanent Red: The First Battle Scenes of Homer's Iliad Rewritten. 2004. 
    Joseph Campbell. Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. 2013.
    Joseph Campbell. Hero of a Thousand Faces. 2008.
    Terry Eagleton. Literary Theory: An Introduction. 2008.
    Walter Ong. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. 1982. 
    Patrons
    These people like our show so much, they decided to support us on Patreon! Thank you so much!
    Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram (Alliterative); Joelle Barfoot; Erika Dilworth; Stargate Pioneer (Better Podcasting); Greg Beu.
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    Join us on Twitter @InnesAlison and @darrinsunstrum or #MythTake.
    Give us a like, let us know what you think, and follow along on Facebook at MythTake.
    Subscribe on iTunes or Google Play so you don’t miss an episode! Find our RSS on Podbean.
    Like what you hear? Please support us on Patreon.
    We're a part of the #HumanitiesPodcasts podcasting community. Check out the hashtag and follow @HumCommCasters to find many more engaging and knowledgeable podcasts.
    This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.

     

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Fun chat between the hosts combines with detailed discussion of passages from the ancient texts that we know classical myth from. Basic enough for those new to the subject, but filled with interpretive insight for those who want to dig a little deeper into classical myth.

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