TROJAN WAR: THE PODCAST
By Jeff Wright
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Trojan War: The Podcast is a serialized telling, in contemporary language, of the myriad stories from Greek mythology that together comprise the greatest epic of Western culture: the story of the Trojan War. All the great characters from Homer’s Iliad are here – Achilles, Helen of Troy, Odysseus, the Olympian Gods – and all the famous moments from the story – the Trojan Horse, The Judgement of Paris and Achilles Heel. Episode after episode, Jeff Wright, the storyteller, delivers a conversational, fast-paced, literate, and addictive, performance.
||CleanEPISODE 1 “THE APPLE OF DISCORD”||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||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 2 “THE TORCH”||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,||9/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 3 “THE BIRTH OF ACHILLES”||THE STORY: (40 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.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 “THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS”||THE STORY: (31 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,||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 5 “SPARTA”||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 Spart||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 6 “HELEN OF SPARTA”||THE STORY: (38 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.||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 7 “THE MAD KING”||THE STORY: (44 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 m||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 8 “FINDING ACHILLES”||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,||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 9 “IPHIGENIA”||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 or||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 10 “BEACHHEAD”||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.||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 11 “ACHILLES DISHONORED”||THE STORY: (47 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,||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 12 “PARIS: PRINCE OF TROY”||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||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 13 “TERRIBLE, GLORIOUS WAR”||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 w||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 14 “DEADLY DESTINY”||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 te||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 15 “THE WRATH OF ACHILLES”||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||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 16 “PRIAM”||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.||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 17 “ACHILLES’ HEEL”||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||8/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 18 “ODYSSEUS ASCENDANT”||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.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 19 “THE TROJAN HORSE”||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.||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEPISODE 20 “THE SACK OF TROY”||THE STORY and A MESSAGE FROM JEFF WRIGHT (1:39:53) Odysseus confronts Priam, Menelaus confronts Helen, and Agamemnon confronts Fate and Deadly Destiny …. all on the night when the mighty city of Troy finally falls. And so,||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I really enjoy the Canadian English and sensibility. Charge on Jeff!
This has rapidly become one of my favorite podcasts. I group it in with the likes of Hardcore History in that it spins a great tale with a historical (and in this case, mythological) bent. Jeff does a great job of painting a vivid picture with his own unique narrative style, wit and humor. He always follows up the narrative with commentary at the end that explores more of the scholarly side of what was just discussed. If you're a fan of Greek mythology, history, or great storytelling check it out.
A very easy to understand telling of the Trojan war. Love it!