Are Cyclopes in Greek mythology malevolent, benign, or something else? Dr Mercedes Aguirre Castro & Dr Richard Buxton join the show to explore the role of Cyclopes in Greek mythology.
Dr Aguirre is Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol and a scholar at the University Complutense of Madrid. Dr Buxton is Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol.
Some topics explored
- What Cyclopes in Greek mythology are
- The three types of Cyclopes that show up in Greek mythology: Master Builders, Weapon Makers for the Gods, and Pastoral Ogres
- Cyclopes in statues and artwork
- Cyclopes in literature
- The etymology of the word Cyclops
- Polyphemus’ role in Homer’s The Odyssey
- Hesiod, Euripides, etc. writings on Cyclopes
- What’s known about their gender and mating habits
- Cyclopes lover Galatea (a sea nymph)
- The disposition and complexity to the Cyclopes’ nature
- Greek mythology being used as thought experiments
Listen to the episode
The episode is available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Drs Mercedes Aguirre & Richard Buxton are authors of the monograph Cyclops: The Myth and its Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 2020)
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