Greek mythology is not only proverbial, it’s legendary. Dr. Sarah Iles Johnston, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Religion in the Department of Classics and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University joins the show to discuss Greek mythology.
Some topics explored
- What mythology is
- Earliest known forms of Greek mythology
- Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey being the oldest known myths in text
- Rome’s role in maintaining, curating, and syndicating Greek myths
- What a mythographer is
- Distinguishing what the Greek pantheon, Olympians, etc.
- Hesiod, Euripides, Neophron
- How the Olympians came into existence in Greek mythology
- Other myths including Pandora, Jason’s Argonauts, etc.
- Orpheus, Homer, etc.
- From a macro level if Greek tradition evolved at all
- In history how Greek people interacted with mythology
- Other civilizations that are known to have influenced certain Greek mythology
- Professor Johnston’s favourite
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- Professor Johnston is author of The Story of Myth (Harvard University Press, 2018) and author of the forthcoming book Gods and Mortals: Ancient Greek Myths for Modern Readers (Princeton University Press, early 2022)