In this episode, we discuss The Wicked and the Divine vols. 1-4, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. We talk Dionysus, the Satanic Panic (and also Satan, a bit), child sacrifice, and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, plus a few takes that make it clear that at time of recording, neither of us had read the entire run. In summary: art good.

 

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  • Discussion of child/infant death, specifically ritual child sacrifice
  • Mentions of rape and sexual assault
  • Mentions of sex and sexuality
  • Discussion of drugs and drug use
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  • Mentions of transphobia

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On this episode, we're joined by special guest Dr. Victoria Austen to discuss 1997 film Hercules. We talk trends in feminism, the Christianization of myth, and the cult of Elon Musk.

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And click here for Dr. Polt's threads on Hercules, as mentioned by Victoria.

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In this episode on the FINAL (AT LAST) Percy Jackson book, we talk about the Iliad (some more), Nico DiAngelo ex machina, and why Hestia is the most underrated Greek deity. 

 

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In this episode, we dive into one of Julia's favourite movies, 1999's The Mummy. Turns out one of Julia's favourite movies is pretty racist. Featuring (a significant lack of) archaeological ethics, the magical ability to read ancient Egyptian, and yet another shoutout to our friend and yours Edward Said.

 

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  • Extensive discussion of racism and racist (particularly orientalist) tropes
  • Mentions of cannibalism
  • Brief mention of incest
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This episode, we have a special guest: friend of the podcast Madi, who is a dedicated fan of Percy Jackson and joined us to share her perspective on this book! Digressions include environmentalism, how to pronounce 'Daedalus', and the Teletubby vaccination forgery scandal.

 

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February 4, 2022

Special: Till We Have Faces

In this special episode, Julia strikes out on her own to conduct a semi-scholarly takedown of C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces. Spoilers: she hated it. Featuring unfortunate fantasy naming, the Christianization of Cupid and Psyche, and a weak attempt to explain Apuleius.

 

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In this episode we discuss Percy Jackson book 3: The Titan's Curse. Featuring: both-sides-ism, a small amount of complaining about philosophy professors, and a pitch for casting Aphrodite. Also, we call Rick Riordan out for fridging. We continue to have mad nostalgic fun with these episodes.

 

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  • Mentions of sexuality and sexual assault

 

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This episode, we have a special treat: an interview with author Nicholas Nicastro on his recently-published novel, The River Through Rome. Featuring engineering logistics, a shoutout to flat-earthers, and the refrigerator door theory of writing inspiration, we hope you enjoy this conversation--we sure did!

Apologies for some inconsistency in audio quality--this was our first recording after Julia moved away, as well as our first recording with a remote guest, so we ended up having to mix and match a bit. 

 

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In this episode we discuss Natalie Haynes's 2019 novel A Thousand Ships. Digressions include identity theft, ancient clothing, and ecofascism. We also spend a while simping for basically every ancient woman mentioned.

 

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  • Discussion of violence and death
  • Discussion of rape and sexual assault
  • Mentions of slavery
  • Mentions of sex and sexuality

 

Notes: The French story about a man replacing his dead comrade that Julia referenced was the story of Martin Guerre, which was indeed historical. 

And a small correction: the word for Penelope and Odysseus's likemindedness is "homophrosyne" not "symphrosyne".

 

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September 12, 2021

Episode Eleven: Supernatural

In this episode we discuss the television series Supernatural. We take a long trip down memory lane--way down. Right to hell, in fact. Featuring: fanfiction, the University of Washington-Seattle, and some good ol' fashioned misogyny. Actually, a lot of good ol' fashioned misogyny. 

 

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  • Mentions of police brutality
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