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.

 

Content warnings:

  • Profanity
  • 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. 

 

Content warnings:

  • Mild profanity
  • Discussion of violence and death
  • Mentions of sex and sexuality
  • Mentions of police brutality
  • Discussion of homophobia, racism, and sexism

 

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In this episode, we discuss the 2004 film Troy, starring Brad Pitt. Unsurprisingly, we had a lot to say. Featuring: American imperialism, and Homeric combat, and just a little bit more complaining about the costuming in Troy: Fall of a City.

 

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We return to the world of Percy Jackson for book two, and immediate get mired deep in academic theory. Because of course we do. Featuring a critique of diet culture, Frantz Fanon, and a little bit of hubris.

 

Mentioned in the episode:

ORBIS, an ancient travel calculator from Stanford

 

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In this episode, we discuss Hadestown, particularly the Broadway Cast Recording version of the musical. Featuring: metrical formulae, Tumblr Feminism, and fanfiction about beekeeping.

 

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April 21, 2021

Episode Seven: Gladiator

In this episode, we discuss Gladiator (2000), featuring orientalism, unfortunate Freudian weirdness, bad takes on imperialism, and... queer giraffes?

 

Minor correction: at about 31:30, Julia says "Commodus" where she should say "Maximus".

 

Mentioned:

The costuming in Troy: Fall of a City, unfortunately.

 

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This episode, we discuss a playlist of Mountain Goats songs that contain classical reference, and are generally enthusiastic about the whole thing. This is a somewhat different episode than our previous ones, because we're discussing a mixed bag of media, but we had a lot of fun!

Find the playlist here. 

 

Mentioned:

This statue.

This Mountain Goats tweet.

 

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Finally we're back with NEW MATERIAL! This episode is our (brisk but fruitful) discussion of the first Percy Jackson Book, The Lightning Thief. It also contains our entry into the #discourse about Medusa.

 

As mentioned in the intro, you may notice that we had some audio issues with this episode! We did our best to correct it but we think there was some sort of mic malfunction, and unfortunately we're still polishing our audio editing skills. Hopefully it's not too annoying to listen to, and we should be back to our usual quality next episode.

 

Also, a minor correction: we were, indeed, pronouncing Rick Riordan's name wrong, and looking it up made it worse rather than better. Thanks, Google. Sorry, Mr. Riordan. We'll get it right when we do our episode on Sea of Monsters.

The fourth and final episode in our series on Troy: Fall of a City, discussing episodes seven and eight. Thank god.

We repeated a number of things we've been saying all the way along in our final notes in this last episode about Fall of a City, but we hopefully have managed to do so in a clear and synthesized way. Thanks for coming on this four-episode journey with us, and we'll be back in two weeks with, at last, some new material! 

Also, hit us up on Twitter @ClassicallyPod, where we'll be doing a wrap-up thread with some pictures of the absolutely garbage costuming from this show, so that you all can finally see what we've been complaining about.

 

ONE MINOR CORRECTION: At around 55:55 Julia says "Odysseus arranges", which should have been "Achilles arranges". Sorry about that, folks!

In this episode, we discuss Troy: Fall of a City episodes 4, 5, and 6, and how they handled THE ENTIRE PLOT OF THE ILIAD. Yes, in only three episodes of television. Spoilers: it was pretty bad.

 

Feat. translation theory, Julia's continued strong opinions about Achilles, and Allison's favourite piece of pottery!

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