Penelope is one of the most compelling yet enigmatic characters from Greek mythology. Homerist Olga Levaniouk joins us to illuminate the complexities of her character and role in the Odyssey.
Hesiod's unusual epic called Works and Days is probably most famous for containing the stories of Prometheus and Pandora. But these tales are part of a greater mission of explaining how one can live justly and succeed in a harsh world.
What can anthropology tell us about the origins of humanity's oldest epic stories? And what can these epics, in turn, tell us about our undying fascination with heroes?
Mythology expert Richard Martin joins us to discuss why the Odyssey has been considered great story-telling by audiences across millennia.
What makes the Iliad so...epic? And what kind of vision of the world does Homer provide to his audiences?