Cyclopes in Greek Mythology w. Drs Mercedes Aguirre & Richard Buxton

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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

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