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The Titans in Greek Mythology
Episode 1 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Welcome to the ancient Greek myths: some of the most popular, well-known stories in Western civilization. When did these tales emerge, and what are our earliest sources for them? Find out in this lecture on father-son conflicts between Uranus, Kronos,…
Complex Goddesses: Athena, Aphrodite, Hera
Episode 2 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Meet three iconic goddesses whose personalities and stories reflect how the ancient Greeks viewed women. They are: Athena, who emerged fully-formed from Zeus's head and is linked to legal courts; Aphrodite, best known for her wild love affair with Adonis;…
The World’s Oldest Myth: Gilgamesh
Episode 1 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
Start these riveting lectures at the only appropriate point: the oldest story in the world. In looking at the epic of Gilgamesh, you'll learn how this foundational Babylonian myth reflects real historical tensions between ancient Eastern city-states; tensions mirrored in…
Gods and Humanity in Greek Thought
Episode 3 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Discover fresh insights into several Greek myths that teach us about the relationship between gods and humans. Is Prometheus a troublemaker (according to Hesiod) or a liberator (according to Aeschylus)? What happened after Pandora's box of evil spirits was opened?…
Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
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The Dagda’s Harp and Other Celtic Myths
Episode 10 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Using the intriguing tale of Dagda and his magic harp as a framework, Professor McClymond introduces you to the often unappreciated world of Celtic mythology. Meet unforgettable heroes like Cu Chulainn and Lugh, and encounter powerful magical items and treasures…
Odysseus, Master of Schemes
Episode 5 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Turn now to the hero of Homer's celebrated Odyssey: Odysseus. From his plans for the Trojan horse to his tricking of a murderous cyclops to his final arrival back in Ithaca, learn how Odysseus's scheming and lying led to heroic…
The Golden Fleece and the Hero’s Return
Episode 6 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
An altogether different--and darker--mythological adventure story is Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece. In pondering the best-known versions of both Jason's story and his wife, Medea's, you'll begin to see Jason as a failed hero and Medea as more than…
Herakles and the Greek Hero
Episode 4 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Investigate the mythological roots and legacies of the powerful--but flawed--Greek hero, Herakles. Explore common threads that run through some of his twelve labors, including the slaying of the Hydra and the cleaning of the Augean stables. Also, ponder Herakles's role…
Stories of the Buddha
Episode 9 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
According to Professor McClymond, it's best to understand the mythology of Buddhism as a grand anthology of short stories. With this in mind, explore the life and beliefs of the Buddha, ponder the teachings of Buddhist myth as told through…
Aboriginal and Colonial Myths of Australia
Episode 12 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 4 - Asia and the Pacific
Australian mythology, like its wildlife, has features found nowhere else. Discover the mysterious underworld, from where most of life arose from the ground; encounter the Totemic Ancestors; hear tales of the creation of the world during Dream Time; and explore…
Romulus, Remus, and Rome’s Origins
Episode 7 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Not all Roman mythology is indebted to Greece. Focus on several uniquely Roman myths about the empire's founding, including the lives of the brothers Romulus and Remus and the abduction of the Sabine women. What's the difference between creation and…
The Great Indian Epics
Episode 7 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
Get inside Indian culture with this lecture on its two great epics: the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Both are frame narratives that bring together hundreds of smaller stories. Both help establish Vishnu's importance among other Hindu gods. And both have…
Japanese Tales of Purity and Defilement
Episode 6 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 4 - Asia and the Pacific
Prepare yourself for stories of decaying goddesses, befouled maidens from the underworld, deities emerging from a parent's dirty nostrils, and the contamination of the gods' most sacred spaces with divine excrement. The mythology of this culture, which prizes purity and…
One Thousand and One Nights
Episode 11 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
Can an overwhelmingly secular text be read as mythology? Find out in this lecture on the One Thousand and One Nights, known in the West as The Arabian Nights. You'll get insights into great heroes like Sindhbad the sailor, mythical…
Native American Tricksters
Episode 9 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 5 - The Americas
Go in-depth with the Trickster archetype. Although not exclusive to Northern American tales, the Trickster is the most popular character in Native American myths. There are likely more stories about him than about anyone else.
Tricksters of Africa
Episode 4 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 3 - Africa
Tricksters are prevalent in mythologies around the world. From Anansi the Trickster spider to Norse Loki and Japanese Susa-no-wo, the archetype of the Trickster has resonated in storytelling worldwide. Tricksters in African myth are unrepentant troublemakers who are skilled at…
Norse Tales of Odin and Thor
Episode 11 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Dark and brooding, Norse mythology reflects the harsh living conditions of ancient Germanic and Scandinavian people. Here, focus on two of the most well-known Norse gods: Odin (the god of war who sacrificed himself on a tree) and Thor (the…
The Bhagavad Gita
Episode 8 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
Turn now to a section of the Mahabharata known as the Bhagavad Gita. You'll peel back the layers behind the popular story of the warrior Arjuna; learn how to read the Gita as a devotional story and a manual for…
The Mother Goddess in Rome and Beyond
Episode 9 of Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
What does Cybele reveal about the great mother goddesses of mythological traditions? Learn how this classic figure evolved over thousands of years, how it adapted to different cultures, how it became connected in Rome with power and aristocracy, and where…