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The most entertaining and enraging stories from mythology told casually, contemporarily, and (let's be honest) sarcastically. Greek and Roman gods did some pretty weird (and awful) things. Liv focuses on Greek and Roman mythology's (mis)treatment of women, the wild things the gods did, and the all around incredible minds of the ancient world. Gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everything in between. Regular episodes every Tuesday, conversations with authors and scholars or readings of ancient epics every Friday.

Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! Greek & Roman Mythology Retold iHeartPodcasts and Liv Albert

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 4.5K Ratings

The most entertaining and enraging stories from mythology told casually, contemporarily, and (let's be honest) sarcastically. Greek and Roman gods did some pretty weird (and awful) things. Liv focuses on Greek and Roman mythology's (mis)treatment of women, the wild things the gods did, and the all around incredible minds of the ancient world. Gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everything in between. Regular episodes every Tuesday, conversations with authors and scholars or readings of ancient epics every Friday.

    Conversations: The Feminism of Female Rage, Demeter's Winter Harvest w/ Ioanna Papadopoulou

    Conversations: The Feminism of Female Rage, Demeter's Winter Harvest w/ Ioanna Papadopoulou

    Liv speaks with author Ioanna Papadapoulou about Greece in myth retellings, the goddess Demeter and her rage, and Ioanna's novel, Winter Harvest. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv's Patreon for bonus content!

    CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

    Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Liv Reads Quintus Smyrnaeus: The Fall of Troy (Book 2)

    Liv Reads Quintus Smyrnaeus: The Fall of Troy (Book 2)

    Liv reads Quintus Smyrnaeus' The Fall of Troy, translated by AS Way. In the only surviving source retelling the end of the Trojan War, Troy reels after the Amazon Penthesilea's death. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv's Patreon for bonus content!

    This is not a standard narrative story episode, it's a reading of an ancient source, audiobook style. For regular episodes look for any that don't have "Liv Reads..." in the title! For a list of Roman/Latin names and who they were in the Greek, visit: mythsbaby.com/names

    Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.
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    • 54 min
    A Full Cast Reading of Emperor Julian’s Symposium of the Caesars

    A Full Cast Reading of Emperor Julian’s Symposium of the Caesars

    THE SYMPOSIUM OF THE CAESARS. Written by the Roman emperor Julian.

    Translated from the ancient Greek and directed by Jeremy Swist. Recorded by Jeremy Swist and fellow cast members. Recordings engineered by Christopher Swist at Evenfall Studio in Spofford, New Hampshire, USA. Produced in loving memory of Lawrence P. Swist. Find further details on the production here.

    DRAMATIS PERSONAE in order of appearance:

    Jeremy Swist as EMPEROR JULIANLiv Albert as the EMPEROR’S COMPANIONChristopher Polt as SILENUSToph Marshall as APOLLO and HELIOSEmma Pauly as DIONYSUSMarios Koutsoukos as ZEUSAneirin Pendragon as HERMESFiona Radford as LADY JUSTICEKatherine Lu Hsu as HERACLESPeta Greenfield as ROMULUS-QUIRINUSJay Bregman as CRONUSPrincess O’Nika Auguste as POSEIDONLea Niccolai as JULIUS CAESARMeg Finlayson as ALEXANDER THE GREATDraken Garfinkel as OCTAVIAN AUGUSTUSAlberto Quiroga-Puertas as TRAJANMark Masterson as MARCUS AURELIUSCharlotte Naylor Davis as CONSTANTINEDaniel Munn as JESUS

    SETTINGThe imperial palace of Antioch, on a mid-December evening in the year 362 of the Common Era, the 1,115th year from the founding of Rome. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Conversations: A Bunch of Rulers Sit Down for a Chat, Julian’s Symposium w/ Dr Jeremy Swist

    Conversations: A Bunch of Rulers Sit Down for a Chat, Julian’s Symposium w/ Dr Jeremy Swist

    Liv speaks with Dr Jeremy Swist about the emperor Julian, his work, and Jeremy's translation and production of the Symposium of the Caesars, coming out on the next episode of the podcast! Find further details on the production here.

    Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    But He’s Such a Nice Guy! Ovid’s Ars Amatoria in Mythological Practice

    But He’s Such a Nice Guy! Ovid’s Ars Amatoria in Mythological Practice

    Liv continues the horror that is Ovid's Ars Amatoria by looking at his tips and tricks being utilized in Augustan Imperial Roman epic poetry. It's dark. Be warned. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv's Patreon for bonus content!

    CW/TW: This work is horrifying and promotes absurd levels of misogyny and assault, obviously Liv is provided commentary and breaking down the horror, but it's still horrifying.

    Sources: Toxic Masculinity in the Ancient World (16: "Toxic Manhood Acts and the 'Nice Guy' Phenomenon in Ovid" by Melissa Marturano); Ovid's Ars Amatoria, or the Art of Love translated by Henry T Riley; Ovid's Metamorphoses, translations by Brookes More and Stephanie McCarter. Further reading: Not All Dead White Men by Donna Zuckerberg; Nice Guy, Urban Dictionary.

    Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.
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    • 40 min
    Conversations: When Ovid Invented Pick-up Artistry, the Ars Amatoria w/ Imogen Briscoe

    Conversations: When Ovid Invented Pick-up Artistry, the Ars Amatoria w/ Imogen Briscoe

    Liv is joined by Imogen Briscoe to talk Ovid's Ars Amatoria, the Art of Love, aka the first pick up artist playbook. Did Ovid create the 2000 years of misogyny we've had since? Nope, but he sure made it worse with this one! Read more from Imogen on Twitter and at the Ekklesia Magazine. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv's Patreon for bonus content!

    CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it's fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I'm not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

    Attributions and licensing information for music used in the podcast can be found here: mythsbaby.com/sources-attributions.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

eirish ,

Brilliant and Extremely Relevant

Liv’s storytelling is magnificent and she takes no prisoners in discussing the horrors and misogyny of Greek mythology—while staying extremely entertaining rather than depressed and depressing. Helluva trick, that.

Abdwg1256 ,

So good

I stumbled upon this podcast a few months ago when trying to expand my Greek myth knowledge and it has grown to become one of my favorite series. Liv is funny, knowledgeable and unafraid to point out the ugly tropes of Greek myth and I just love her.

PacWoman Khsh ,

I finally caught up

Hey liv, i'm a 24 yo masters student from iran and has been through some hard stuff in the past year too. i found your podcast in october when i was going through a really hard time and had trouble falling sleep so i tried to listen to podcast when i was ready to go to sleep. I remember i was trying some podcasts with some key words about my field of study to help me get motivated to finish my degree and it wasn't doing it for me so one night i thought i wanna know more about mythology and found your podcast, your content was so interesting that i stayed awake all night just obsessively listening to your episodes from the first one ( with the exception of some that were about a movie or a book i wanted to watch/read first) and after months of listening i finally caught up. You really helped me through some hard days and i wanted to thank you for that, actually you motivated me to read so much of the sources in the past few months and have so much mythology knowledge that i couldn't keep in my brain. So i started an instagram page to try to retell these myths in persian because not enough people in iran know how funny myths can be and they need to. I hope you find a way to feel better soon.

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