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Greek Heroes in Popular Culture Through Time - for iPod/iPhone

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Greek Heroes in Popular Culture Through Time - for iPod/iPhone

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What does ‘2001: a Space Odyssey’ have to do with Odysseus? How does Brad Pitt's Achilles in 'Troy' match up to Homer's original hero? And is Arnold Schwarzenegger the new Heracles? This collection of video animations and audio discussions examines how the heroes of Greek mythology have been represented in popular culture, from ancient times to the modern day. Odysseus is the archetypal questing hero - a blank canvas on which every era has projected its own values. Heracles is the original strongman. And Achilles is the fighter whose sexuality vies with his heel for popular attention. The videos mix archive film and TV clips with character animation, bringing a playful approach to classical myth, while the audio discussions shine a more scholarly light on how today’s popular culture sees these myths differently from the Ancient Greeks.

Latest Episodes

Achilles discussion

The lowdown on what popular culture chooses to keep in its portrayals of the Greek hero Achilles … and what gets left out.

14 MIN2011 OCT 10
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Achilles discussion

Heracles discussion

The changing portrayals of Heracles: how the ancient Greeks’ bad boy turns to virtuous saviour by the C19th, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the C20th.

14 MIN2011 OCT 10
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Heracles discussion

Odysseus discussion

From personal odyssey to space odyssey, the myth of Odysseus keeps cropping up. What is it about this hero that makes him so pervasive?

15 MIN2011 OCT 10
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Odysseus discussion
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Latest Episodes

Achilles discussion

The lowdown on what popular culture chooses to keep in its portrayals of the Greek hero Achilles … and what gets left out.

14 MIN2011 OCT 10
Comments
Achilles discussion

Heracles discussion

The changing portrayals of Heracles: how the ancient Greeks’ bad boy turns to virtuous saviour by the C19th, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the C20th.

14 MIN2011 OCT 10
Comments
Heracles discussion

Odysseus discussion

From personal odyssey to space odyssey, the myth of Odysseus keeps cropping up. What is it about this hero that makes him so pervasive?

15 MIN2011 OCT 10
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Odysseus discussion
the END