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Myth Dynamite is a labour of absolute and unequivocal love for ancient mythology. We - Abi and Sarah - met back in 2016 when we both decided to happily sacrifice another year of further study at the altar of the Olympian Gods. We left a year later, with shiny new MA Classics degrees, and a firm friendship.​ Ever since we've had dinner after dinner (billed as catch ups) that would unsurprisingly result in conversations on myth, and how its many, many stories reflect and refract some of today's issues: sexuality, the self, gender, power, family, respect, and humanity's immutable ability to metamorphose (lovely little Ovid reference for those who know, and for those who don't head over to our first full episode 'One Poet to Rule them All' to find out. A shameless plug, we'll admit it.)​ It became very clear to us, that we had a lot to say - and we want to share it with people: other people who love myth; people who have some idea of myth; and people who haven't come across ancient Greek and Roman myths before.​ Hence - after a long time spent developing it (read talking about myth some more) - a shining star, which Myth Dynamite will hopefully be for people, was born (if you haven't, please see Disney's 'Hercules' stat).​N.B. This is ancient myth and we're not censoring it. There will be adult content throughout. We hope you have as much fun listening to us rabbit on about myth as we had making this podcast.
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Yes, there's more. Here's Part 2 of our ranting about Odysseus. Enjoy. O Times, O mores! Yes, we did just use an obnoxious Cicero joke to signal the end of times. Or, more accurately, the end of times you’ll get an episode this season. But don’t worry, we’ve saved the best ‘til last for our season finale. You didn’t think we’d go out like a lead balloon, did you? Sarah and Abi are excited this week to bring you a double helping of raging about Odysseus.In this episode, we take one of Greek myth’s best-loved heroes and ... well ... rip him a new one. Sarah tries to play devil’s advocate – she makes some good points about his sexual entrapment with Calypso. But all-in-all the positivity doesn’t last long, and this is mostly a tirade about his terrible choices and insufferably vanity. Remember – the tales of Odysseus’ travels home in Homer’s Odyssey are mostly reported speech from the master-wordsmith himself. Big shock, he comes across well.
O Times, O mores! Yes, we did just use an obnoxious Cicero joke to signal the end of times. Or, more accurately, the end of times you’ll get an episode this season. But don’t worry, we’ve saved the best ‘til last for our season finale. You didn’t think we’d go out like a lead balloon, did you? Sarah and Abi are excited this week to bring you a double helping of raging about Odysseus.In this episode, we take one of Greek myth’s best-loved heroes and ... well ... rip him a new one. Sarah tries to play devil’s advocate – she makes some good points about his sexual entrapment with Calypso. But all-in-all the positivity doesn’t last long, and this is mostly a tirade about his terrible choices and insufferably vanity. Remember – the tales of Odysseus’ travels home in Homer’s Odyssey are mostly reported speech from the master-wordsmith himself. Big shock, he comes across well.
Episode Ten: Strange Magic

Episode Ten: Strange Magic

2021-03-2601:06:46

*BREAKING NEWS* People’s Sexiest Hybrid Alive has been announced. Well, more accurately, Abi and Sarah accidentally spend most of this week’s episode discussing how sexy each hybrid group is. Remarkably, there’s more to this discussion  than a simple case of objectification on our part. It’s interesting to us - fascinating to us in fact - how sexualised female hybrids have become since their narrative geneses in the ancient world. We also loved  looking at which parts of these supernatural hybrids are animal, and which are human. And we’re not just talking about their physicality. Is the minotaur a horribly misunderstood hipster who just lives to smoke his meats in peace? Yes. Anyway, this week we take you through the six major hybrids of ancient myth: the Minotaur, Scylla, the Sphinx, Harpies, Sirens, and Centaurs. Tune in to hear us chat Disney, Harry Potter (obviously) and the terribly ill-advised breeding programme of Joe Exotic. 
In this Part Two, we’ll take you through Agrippina's most famous years: her time as matriarch of the Empire during the reign of her son – Nero. The culmination of her political intrigue turned out to be a great success....or did it? How successful is Nero at building a collapsing bed? Are all the rumours true about their “special relationship”? You know, the really important questions. Here’s where the myth comes in! Agrippina’s success as a powerful woman has become so mythologised and intertwined with the characterisation of the powerful woman in myth – poisoner, manipulative, other, incestuous, and many many more – that it’s impossible not to read her life as a myth of sorts now. One thing is undeniable, though, she did make it to the top against all odds and through some of the most uncertain times in the Roman Empire. Thank goodness it's so easy for a woman to hold a position of power today, am I right? We end this episode with a little look at the women we have in power today, and (quite rightfully) gushing over Jacinda Ardern.
This week Abi and Sarah bring you a very exciting episode on one of our favourite ancient women! You could call her a one-woman band, but I think that’s grossly underestimating her wide variety of talents. This week, we take you through the extraordinary life and times of Agrippina the Younger! In Part One, we take you through Agrippina’s early life and experiences under the rules of Emperors Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. We’ll show you the ancient fires in which this maneuverer extraordinaire was forged, casting a political figure of iron resolve. Whilst her methods are more than questionable, and we do not approve her message here at Myth Dynamite, we can’t help but admire a Roman counterpart’s rise to the highest seat in one of the most influential empire’s in history (especially in a time when her counterparts were limited to seats in general). 
Warning: there’s some talk of rape in this episode (sadly it’s quite unavoidable in myth).This week Abi and Sarah nerd-gasm HARD (yes, it’s possible for us to get MORE nerdy) because we’re bringing it back to our main man, Ovid (Latin poet of the first-century BCE/CE) and his poem, published in around 8 CE: the Metamorphoses. NOT ONLY THAT, but we also get to talk about art and artists, so basically ... we’re in heaven. Yes, this episode we’re talking about ‘Ovid’s Artists’, but my goodness there are a lot of them, so technically this episode we’re talking about ‘Three Of Ovid’s Artists With A Few Scattered Along The Way’. Catchy, right? 
This episode, Abi and Sarah bring you our interview for Season Two with the wonderful Hardeep Dhindsa (*trumpet fanfare*). In our fascinating chat with Hardeep, we cover issues like the discipline divides in the UK, whiteness and Classics, and why most Classicists are “afraid of post-modernism”. (Honestly, anything this side of the eruption of Vesuvius is all a bit much for us). And we do this, all within an episode that brings you art (just can’t help ourselves), Troy and Troy: Fall of a City, studying in Rome, The Carter’s Apeshit, and Hardeep just generally ticking all of our mythological boxes (we’re looking at you Polyphemus and Sarpedon). The title of this episode was lovingly ripped straight from Hardeep’s own MA thesis (with his kind permission) because we can’t resist a pun.
If you ask us, this episode is *eye*conic.We’re *eye*ing up one of our favourite mythological figures, the Cyclops, Polyphemus (yes he’s got a name guys, let’s use it). He’s our *blind* drunk, *eye*rate, *eye*ronic friend with just the one peeper (or is it just one?). In Part One of this topic, we’ll be taking you through his journey from epic monster to preening (if ambitious) pastoral suitor and finding out how he got there. You might have to turn a *BLIND EYE* to his actions – but hey, Nobody’s perfect, right?
If you ask us, this episode is also pretty *eye*conic.In Part Two of this topic, we bring you the main theme of the Cyclops – transgression (ooooooooh). Transgressing more than just the social norm of “don’t kill people for cheese”, Polyphemus is found crossing (or failing to cross) boundaries of love, genre, and landscape. All in all, he’s just a big, hairy guy with a bit of an anger issue and we think he deserves some Blind Love. 
Gosh, what a year this week has been! Don’t know about you, but we’re ready to Inception ourselves into wonderland, and live out our days in an idyllic ancient dreamworld That’s why today, somewhat hilariously, we bring you What A Wonderful World.Tune in to hear about ancient mythological places, and how the ancients used utopian worlds (anachronism, we know - apologies) to imagine their best lives and scrutinise their real ones. We take you on a whistlestop tour - thanks to a request from one of our listeners - of Atlantis, Cloudcuckooland and Arcadia before joining some surprising dots between the old and new. Who knew that Atlantis, Hobbiton, Stranger Things and Harry Styles all had something common? Same - we can’t tell you how often we’ve thought about that exact group of completely unrelated miscellaneous things!
Episode Two: Red, Red Wine

Episode Two: Red, Red Wine

2021-01-0101:08:46

It’s a new year and THANK GOD 2020 is behind us. We suspect many of you may have had a drink or two last night saying goodbye to this shitshow of a year, so we thought: who better to soothe your hangover than the god of revelry himself? That’s right, today we’re bringing you DIONYSUS, the god of wine, ecstasy, madness, theatre, generally cool animals, partying, and all-round goodness. He is, without a doubt, the SEXIEST god of the Greco-Roman pantheon.So, if you can stomach it, raise a glass to Dionysus and get stuck into his fantastical world. 
This week, we bring you the great HELEN! We’ve wanted to bring her to the table for a long, long time now, and she will always hold a special place in our hearts as the character we slaved over countless times when we were testing the concept of Myth Dynamite.Helen was a great beauty, or so they say. She even launched c. 1000 ships with her face! Quite the party trick. We think there might be a little more to her than meets the eye (or “male gaze” – sorry lads, that’s the term for it. Take it up with John Berger if you have an alternative)! Tune in for a tale as old as time, some wrestling, some pseudoarchaeology, and most importantly some nudity. 
*Sound the cymbals and the tympanum* Myth Dynamite has a Season Two coming your way and (in our humble opinion) it’s GLORIOUS. From highbrow academic discussions about ekphrasis – it’s more interesting than it sounds – to lowbrow (and shameless) Odysseus bashing, this season is jampacked with fun facts galore. We start from the OG of mythological women HERSELF – Helen of Troy – and wind our way through Cloud Cuckoo Land, sexy hybrids, the beautiful Cyclops (yeah that’s right), to the life of Agrippina, the Empress who could rival any myth. We’re bringing you another interview episode, this time with the wonderful Hardeep Dhindsa (find him on Twitter, @_HardeepDhindsa, and thank us later), and we toast the season with a cheeky glass of red for the god of wine himself. The season will kick off on 18 December, but if you can’t wait, we’ve got a teaser (or three) to keep you going. WE’RE BACK BITCHES. 
*Sound the hundred-reeded panpipes* Myth Dynamite has a Season Two coming your way and (in our humble opinion) it’s GLORIOUS. From highbrow academic discussions about ekphrasis – it’s more interesting than it sounds – to lowbrow (and shameless) Odysseus bashing, this season is jampacked with fun facts galore. We start from the OG of mythological women HERSELF – Helen of Troy – and wind our way through Cloud Cuckoo Land, sexy hybrids, the beautiful Cyclops (yeah that’s right), to the life of Agrippina, the Empress who could rival any myth. We’re bringing you another interview episode, this time with the wonderful Hardeep Dhindsa (find him on Twitter, @_HardeepDhindsa, and thank us later), and we toast the season with a cheeky glass of red for the god of wine himself. The season will kick off on 18 December, but if you can’t wait, we’ve got a teaser (or three) to keep you going. WE’RE BACK BITCHES. 
*Sound the trumpets* Myth Dynamite has a Season Two coming your way and (in our humble opinion) it’s GLORIOUS. From highbrow academic discussions about ekphrasis – it’s more interesting than it sounds – to lowbrow (and shameless) Odysseus bashing, this season is jampacked with fun facts galore. We start from the OG of mythological women HERSELF – Helen of Troy – and wind our way through Cloud Cuckoo Land, sexy hybrids, the beautiful Cyclops (yeah that’s right), to the life of Agrippina, the Empress who could rival any myth. We’re bringing you another interview episode, this time with the wonderful Hardeep Dhindsa (find him on Twitter, @_HardeepDhindsa, and thank us later), and we toast the season with a cheeky glass of red for the god of wine himself. The season will kick off on 18 December, but if you can’t wait, we’ve got a teaser (or three) to keep you going. WE’RE BACK BITCHES. 
Trailer: Season One

Trailer: Season One

2020-10-2203:56

Season One was a whirlwind of poets, heroes, witches, the elderly, gods, emperors, and some serious self-love (on our behalf and Narcissus’). We got into the big issues like what to do with your guard goose, how to summon a demon at a crossroads, and Eric Bana’s chest hair. Listen in to hear us reclaim the witch, get nerdy about art (or pretty much everything really), and proclaim The Aeneid as FAKE NEWS. We’re busy getting Season Two ready for you now but here’s a taster of our first season if you just can’t wait for that.
This episode, Myth Dynamite gets political (gasp!) as we delve into the world of the Emperor Augustus and his manipulation of myth in one of the boldest and most drastic political overhauls of all time. A big claim and we’re sticking to it. In 27 BCE, Augustus became the first Emperor of Rome and dragged it from warring Republic into “peaceful” and “harmonious” autocracy. And he used myth *cough* Fake News *cough* to do it. We’ve started to wonder if there is a little more of Donald Trump in the Augustus we’ve known and loved (or at least respected).There's nothing new under the Sun.
This week, lovely Listeners, we bring you ... a third person! Let us introduce you to the third of our triumvirate (ooohhh – Roman joke): Ms Eden Wood. Eden teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation in a Scottish secondary school and is doing all the hard work of getting kids into Classics. For the most part, we’ll be chatting about HEROISM – a subject studied in the Highers Curriculum – so, for any students studying the same course: listen up, she offers some serious GOLD here.
Oh hi! You’re back! You must have loved our first of the ‘Witch, Please!’ episodes, because you’ve come straight on over to part two! Right? If not, you should have, because in our totally objective opinion this is also a cracking episode. Have you ever wondered why the Romans hated Odysseus so much? Tune in to Part 2 to hear Sarah and Abi deliver a pretty accurate “performance” of hating the hero. But seriously, this episode looks at the potions of Circe, the poisonous nature of Erictho and the tradition of the witch. Ever desperately wondered how to relate Tony Abbott, former Australian PM and Opposition leader, to the Classics? Tune in to find out! (Spoiler alert: it’s misogyny)
This week, it’s Witching Hour – or to be more accurate – Witching hours, because Abi and Sarah have brought you another two-parter. We know, we know – we’re a delight, and we really make sure you get all the detailed content you could wish for. Or, more accurately, Abi and Sarah found another topic about which they can’t stop waxing lyrical. You guessed it! This week in our episode ‘Witch, Please!’ we’re talking for two glorious hours on the witch, her role in the ancient world, and how (and why....*eye roll* we’re looking at you patriarchy) that role evolved into the one we see today. Part one will introduce to or remind you all about the original witch – the great Hecate - and how badass she was, before looking at one of our most famous ancient strong, independent women (sorry, let us just translate that for you: witch): MEDEA.
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