Trojan War: The Podcast

Sinopse

Trojan War: The Podcast is a serialized telling of the stories that together comprise the epic story of the Trojan War. From The Judgement of Paris through The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships to Achilles Heel and Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts, this epic story has it all! Each podcast episode features one self-contained episode in the overall story arc, followed by about fifteen minutes of conversation and commentary on the compelling and provocative contemporary ideas that emerge from the stories. The tone of Jeff Wright, the storyteller, is modern, engaging, and informed. He is comic, occasionally irreverent, and always entertaining.

Episódios

  • EPISODE 21 “ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST, Episode 1”

    EPISODE 21 “ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST, Episode 1”

    22/04/2019 Duração: 41min

    A Short Message From Jeff And so, my faithful travelling companions through all 23 hours of Trojan War: The Podcast, our journey together continues.  Odyssey: The Podcast picks up the story arc exactly where Trojan War: The Podcast left off.  We are down on the beaches of the burning ruins of Troy, where Odysseus, his...

  • EPISODE 1 “THE APPLE OF DISCORD”

    EPISODE 1 “THE APPLE OF DISCORD”

    05/09/2016 Duração: 49min

    THE STORY: (40 minutes)  Zeus, King of the Gods, hosts a wedding.  An uninvited guest crashes, bringing an unwelcome gift.  In mere moments, all Hades breaks loose.  And the wheels of Western culture’s most awesome epic – the Trojan War – are set in motion. THE COMMENTARY:  DID THE TROJAN WAR REALLY “HAPPEN”?  (9 minutes; begins...

  • EPISODE 2 “THE TORCH”

    EPISODE 2 “THE TORCH”

    04/09/2016 Duração: 01h10min

    THE STORY:  (54 minutes) A queen is visited by a terrifying nightmare. Priests discern what the nightmare means. And a king is faced with a soul-wrenching dilemma: “do I kill my child, or allow my city to burn?” And the king’s decision …? Well, you’ll have to listen in to see how that turns out....

  • EPISODE 3 “THE BIRTH OF ACHILLES”

    EPISODE 3 “THE BIRTH OF ACHILLES”

    03/09/2016 Duração: 54min

    THE STORY:  (38 minutes)  A miraculous child survives not only the homicidal raging of an angry demi-god, but also an icy immersion in a magic river and the venomous bite of a deadly snake. Then the child turns two, and his real adventures begin. THE COMMENTARY:  THE ACHILLES STORIES THAT I DID NOT TELL YOU  (16 minutes; begins at 38:00) I begin this episode of post-story commentary by discussing the reasons for the popularity of “Achilles stories” in the Bronze Age and Classical Greek world. I then briefly review some of the "birth of Achilles" stories that I chose to leave out of my account of Achilles’ early life. Following that, I review one particular major point of difference between Achilles as I present him in my story, versus Achilles as Homer chooses to portray him in The Iliad. This leads to a discussion of what “Achilles stories” were actually available and known to Homer when he wrote his epic, circa 700 BCE.. Have fun! Jeff RELATED IMAGES

  • Episode 4 “THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS”

    Episode 4 “THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS”

    02/09/2016 Duração: 44min

    THE STORY:  (30 minutes)  Hermes, the messenger god, locates a “highly qualified” judge for a beauty contest between three powerful, vain and vindictive goddesses.  One of the goddesses is cruising to what appears to be certain victory, until her competitors propose a “twist” on the contest rules.  And our judge – a boy you already...

  • EPISODE 5 “SPARTA”

    EPISODE 5 “SPARTA”

    01/09/2016 Duração: 44min

    THE STORY:  (30 minutes)  The transition from shepherd to Crown Prince of Troy isn’t easy, but with some help from Aphrodite (and from the royal harem), Paris manages to settle in to Troy quite nicely.  A road trip to the the Greek kingdom of Sparta follows, during which Paris discovers that Aphrodite keeps all of...

  • EPISODE 6 “HELEN OF SPARTA”

    EPISODE 6 “HELEN OF SPARTA”

    30/08/2016 Duração: 01h03min

    THE STORY:  (37 minutes)   This episode has it all!  A kinky story about an amorous swan, a disturbing story about a butchered horse, a cautionary story about a foolish husband, and a too-familiar story about a corrupt politician.  And in the midst of all the stories, well, Helen of Sparta moves to Troy. THE COMMENTARY:  HELEN OF TROY - DAMSEL IN DISTRESS or FEMME FATALE?  (26 minutes; begins at 37:00)   Helen of Troy is one of the most complex and enigmatic characters in all of fiction (or in all of fact - which just adds to the complexity!).  As you know, Helen left her life in Sparta to travel to the city of Troy with Paris.  But what caused Helen to leave?  Well, that continues to be the subject of considerable debate.  In this episode of post-story commentary I review five conflicting “takes” on Helen’s motivations.  I note that each culture down through the ages has ascribed to Helen motivations which are deeply reflective of that particular culture’s attitudes towards women, the family, and sexuality.

  • EPISODE 7 “THE MAD KING”

    EPISODE 7 “THE MAD KING”

    30/08/2016 Duração: 01h23s

    THE STORY:  (43 minutes)   Operation Trojan Storm needs the craft and cunning of Odysseus, Greece’s most clever man.  But Odysseus has mysteriously vanished.  Agamemnon puts his best man, Palamedes, on the case.  “Find Odysseus; bring him to me, one way or another”, Agamemnon commands.  But what Palamedes discovers when he finally locates Odysseus ….!  Tune in to the podcast to learn the whole, horrifying truth! THE COMMENTARY:  GREEK PIRATES vs. TROJAN MERCHANTS (17 minutes; begins at 43:00)   I shamelessly spend this entire post-story commentary geeking-out on Greek naval technology and tactics.  First I paint a quick picture of sort of ships that Agamemnon was building in order to launch his amphibious invasion of Troy.  Then I review Greek naval tactics, explaining how Agamemnon’s fast, nimble and highly mobile  ships managed to terrorize the towns and cities of the Mediterranean world.  Then I explain how the Greeks of 1250 B.C.E. “looked outward” for economic opportunity:  how they proudly sacked, pill

  • EPISODE 8 “FINDING ACHILLES”

    EPISODE 8 “FINDING ACHILLES”

    29/08/2016 Duração: 01h04min

    THE STORY:  (49 minutes)   Agamemnon doesn’t dare launch his invasion of Troy until Achilles – Greece’s very own “weapon of mass destruction” – is part of the operation.  So Odysseus, the cleverest of the warlords, is dispatched to find the elusive Achilles.  Act One of today’s episode is a cleverly constructed mystery.  And Act Two? ...

  • EPISODE 9 “IPHIGENIA”

    EPISODE 9 “IPHIGENIA”

    28/08/2016 Duração: 01h01min

    THE STORY: (45 minutes) In this horrifying episode Agamemnon, Commander in Chief of the Greek’s Operation Trojan Storm, is confronted with an existential question. How badly does he want to invade Troy, and who or what is he willing to sacrifice in order to realize his plans? THE COMMENTARY: MURDER, INCEST, INFIDELITY & CANNIBALISM –...

  • EPISODE 10 “BEACHHEAD”

    EPISODE 10 “BEACHHEAD”

    27/08/2016 Duração: 01h22min

    THE STORY:  (53 minutes)   Agamemnon’s 100,000-strong army finally makes it to the beaches of Troy, and readies itself for one day of glorious, decisive, “winner-take-all” battle against Hector’s Trojan army.  But the Trojans appear to have other plans.  And it soon becomes clear that the Greek troops will not be making it home for Christmas –...

  • EPISODE 11 “ACHILLES DISHONORED”

    EPISODE 11 “ACHILLES DISHONORED”

    26/08/2016 Duração: 01h02min

    THE STORY:  (46 minutes)   Ten years into the siege of Troy a priest of Apollo arrives at the command tent of Agamemnon, Commander in Chief of the Greeks.  The priest makes a simple request of Agamemnon. Agamemnon refuses, and Greek soldiers die in the thousands.  And then things turn truly ugly… THE COMMENTARY:  DID A...

  • EPISODE 12 “PARIS: PRINCE OF TROY”

    EPISODE 12 “PARIS: PRINCE OF TROY”

    25/08/2016 Duração: 01h09min

    THE STORY:  (58 minutes)   Hector proposes an audacious “exit strategy” to Agamemnon: a deal to end the war with just one man dead.  Intense diplomatic negotiations follow.  And just when it appears that Greek and Trojan have agreed to terms, a third, more powerful party, enters the conversation. THE COMMENTARY:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW...

  • EPISODE 13 “TERRIBLE, GLORIOUS WAR”

    EPISODE 13 “TERRIBLE, GLORIOUS WAR”

    24/08/2016 Duração: 01h14min

    THE STORY:  (56 minutes)   As Greek and Trojan forces openly clash on the plains of Troy the goddess Athena imbues a Greek warlord – Diomedes – with fearsome, godlike powers of combat.  So with the Trojan forces in disarray and on the verge of wholescale panic, Hector decides on an audacious plan to save his...

  • EPISODE 14 “DEADLY DESTINY”

    EPISODE 14 “DEADLY DESTINY”

    23/08/2016 Duração: 01h17min

    THE STORY: (57 minutes) This episode, pivotal to the entire Trojan War Epic, features philosophy, bedroom farce, and genuine tragedy — all in equal measure.  Temptation plays the lead:  Agamemnon tempts Achilles; Hera tempts Zeus; and Patroclus tempts Deadly Destiny. THE COMMENTARY:  WERE ACHILLES & PATROCLUS LOVERS? (20 minutes; begins at 57:00) I dedicate this entire post-story commentary...

  • EPISODE 15 “THE WRATH OF ACHILLES”

    EPISODE 15 “THE WRATH OF ACHILLES”

    22/08/2016 Duração: 01h30min

    THE STORY  (65 minutes)   Homer’s Iliad opens with the storyteller’s invocation to the Muse: “The wrath of Achilles – sing it now, goddess, sing through me ….”  When Achilles learns that his beloved Patroclus is dead – at the hands of Hector –Achilles “snaps”.  What follows is a powerful, disturbing and truly horrifying podcast episode....

  • EPISODE 16 “PRIAM”

    EPISODE 16 “PRIAM”

    21/08/2016 Duração: 01h09min

    THE STORY (50 minutes)   This episode traces the personal griefs of two bitter enemies:  Achilles, who has lost his best friend and soul mate, Patroclus; and King Priam, who has lost his son and his heir, Hector.  Both Achilles and Priam are inconsolable, until Zeus and Deadly Destiny unite them, under the roof of one...

  • EPISODE 17 “ACHILLES’ HEEL”

    EPISODE 17 “ACHILLES’ HEEL”

    20/08/2016 Duração: 01h14min

    THE STORY  (59 minutes)   With Hector dead, the desperate Trojans grasp on to increasingly ridiculous deus ex machina solutions to save their city from the Greeks.  And then old King Priam hatches the most hair-brained (or brilliant) scheme of them all….. THE COMMENTARY  HOW DID ACHILLES DIE and WHO KILLED HIM? (15 minutes; begins at...

  • EPISODE 18 “ODYSSEUS ASCENDANT”

    EPISODE 18 “ODYSSEUS ASCENDANT”

    19/08/2016 Duração: 01h14min

    THE STORY  (50:00 minutes)   A dispute over honour leads to a leadership shift (and a profound tragedy) in the Greek army.  Meanwhile, Paris Prince of Troy discovers that “nemesis” is a word of particularly Greek origin. THE COMMENTARY    THE OENONE STORY:  A PATRIARCHAL MARRIAGE PRIMER   (20 minutes; begins at 50:00)   I devote this...

  • EPISODE 19 “THE TROJAN HORSE”

    EPISODE 19 “THE TROJAN HORSE”

    18/08/2016 Duração: 01h20min

    THE STORY   (60 minutes) Odysseus finally decodes the cryptic prophecy that “Troy’s walls will never be destroyed by an enemy force”, then sets to work on implementing the most audacious - and famous - “con” in the history of war. THE COMMENTARY     WAS THERE EVER REALLY A TROJAN HORSE?  (20 minutes; begins at 1:00:06) I begin this post-story commentary with a definitive:  “Yes, there really was a Trojan Horse”.  Homer’s Odyssey (c. 750 BCE) and Virgil’s Aeneid (c. 20 BCE) both tell us that there really was a giant wooden horse, and that is good enough for me.  Both Homer and Virgil employ “eye-witness” accounts of the famous horse; Homer’s witnesses were men hidden in the horse’s hollow belly, while Virgil’s witnesses were Trojans on the ground.  I note that the “canonical” version of the Trojan Horse story comes to us not via Homer, (who only mentions the horse briefly in the Odyssey) but via Virgil (who offers a detailed and compelling complete version of the entire horse caper in Book Two of the Aeneid)

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