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Trojan War Podcast by Jeff Wright

Trojan War Podcast

by Jeff Wright

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Trojan War: The Podcast is a serialized telling, in contemporary language, of the myriad stories from Greek mythology that together comprise the greatest epic of Western culture: the story of the Trojan War. All the great characters from Homer’s Iliad are here – Achilles, Helen of Troy, Odysseus, the Olympian Gods – and all the famous moments from the story – the Trojan Horse, The Judgement of Paris and Achilles Heel. Episode after episode, Jeff Wright, the storyteller, delivers a conversational, fast-paced, literate, and addictive, performance.


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EPISODE 1 “THE APPLE OF DISCORD”

Author: Jeff Wright
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


THE STORY: (40 minutes)  Zeus, King of the Gods, hosts a wedding.  An uninvited guest crashes, bringing an unwelcome gift.  In mere moments, all Hades breaks loose.  And the wheels of Western culture’s most awesome epic – the Trojan War – are set in motion. THE COMMENTARY:  DID THE TROJAN WAR REALLY “HAPPEN”?  (9 minutes; begins...

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EPISODE 2 “THE TORCH”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sun, Sep 04, 2016


THE STORY:  (54 minutes) A queen is visited by a terrifying nightmare. Priests discern what the nightmare means. And a king is faced with a soul-wrenching dilemma: “do I kill my child, or allow my city to burn?” And the king’s decision …? Well, you’ll have to listen in to see how that turns out....

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EPISODE 3 “THE BIRTH OF ACHILLES”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


THE STORY:  (40 minutes)  A miraculous child survives not only the homicidal raging of an angry demi-god, but also an icy immersion in a magic river and the venomous bite of a deadly snake. Then the child turns two, and his real adventures begin. THE COMMENTARY:  ACHILLES & THE HERO ARCHETYPE  (14 minutes; begins at...

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Episode 4 “THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS”

Author: Jeff Wright
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


THE STORY:  (31 minutes)  Hermes, the messenger god, locates a “highly qualified” judge for a beauty contest between three powerful, vain and vindictive goddesses.  One of the goddesses is cruising to what appears to be certain victory, until her competitors propose a “twist” on the contest rules.  And our judge – a boy you already...

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EPISODE 5 “SPARTA”

Author: Jeff Wright
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


THE STORY:  (30 minutes)  The transition from shepherd to Crown Prince of Troy isn’t easy, but with some help from Aphrodite (and from the royal harem), Paris manages to settle in to Troy quite nicely.  A road trip to the the Greek kingdom of Sparta follows, during which Pairs discovers that Aphrodite keeps all of...

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EPISODE 6 “HELEN OF SPARTA”

Author: Jeff Wright
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


THE STORY:  (38 minutes)   This episode has it all!  A kinky story about an amorous swan, a disturbing story about a butchered horse, a cautionary story about a foolish husband, and a too-familiar story about a corrupt politician.  And in the midst of all the stories, well, Helen of Sparta moves to Troy. THE COMMENTARY:  HELEN OF TROY – DAMSEL IN...

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EPISODE 7 “THE MAD KING”

Author: Jeff Wright
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


THE STORY:  (44 minutes)   Operation Trojan Storm needs the craft and cunning of Odysseus, Greece’s most clever man.  But Odysseus has mysteriously vanished.  Agamemnon puts his best man, Palamedes, on the case.  “Find Odysseus; bring him to me, one way or another”, Agamemnon commands.  But what Palamedes discovers when he finally locates Odysseus ….!  Tune...

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EPISODE 8 “FINDING ACHILLES”

Author: Jeff Wright
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


THE STORY:  (49 minutes)   Agamemnon doesn’t dare launch his invasion of Troy until Achilles – Greece’s very own “weapon of mass destruction” – is part of the operation.  So Odysseus, the cleverest of the warlords, is dispatched to find the elusive Achilles.  Act One of today’s episode is a cleverly constructed mystery.  And Act Two? ...

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EPISODE 9 “IPHIGENIA”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sun, Aug 28, 2016


THE STORY: (45 minutes) In this horrifying episode Agamemnon, Commander in Chief of the Greek’s Operation Trojan Storm, is confronted with an existential question. How badly does he want to invade Troy, and who or what is he willing to sacrifice in order to realize his plans? THE COMMENTARY: MURDER, INCEST, INFIDELITY & CANNIBALISM –...

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EPISODE 10 “BEACHHEAD”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sat, Aug 27, 2016


THE STORY:  (52 minutes)   Agamemnon’s 100,000-strong army finally makes it to the beaches of Troy, and readies itself for one day of glorious, decisive, “winner-take-all” battle against Hector’s Trojan army.  But the Trojans appear to have other plans.  And it soon becomes clear that the Greek troops will not be making it home for Christmas –...

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EPISODE 11 “ACHILLES DISHONORED”

Author: Jeff Wright
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


THE STORY:  (47 minutes)   Ten years into the siege of Troy a priest of Apollo arrives at the command tent of Agamemnon, Commander in Chief of the Greeks.  The priest makes a simple request of Agamemnon. Agamemnon refuses, and Greek soldiers die in the thousands.  And then things turn truly ugly… THE COMMENTARY:  DID A...

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EPISODE 12 “PARIS: PRINCE OF TROY”

Author: Jeff Wright
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


THE STORY:  (58 minutes)   Hector proposes an audacious “exit strategy” to Agamemnon: a deal to end the war with just one man dead.  Intense diplomatic negotiations follow.  And just when it appears that Greek and Trojan have agreed to terms, a third, more powerful party, enters the conversation. THE COMMENTARY:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW...

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EPISODE 13 “TERRIBLE, GLORIOUS WAR”

Author: Jeff Wright
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


THE STORY:  (56 minutes)   As Greek and Trojan forces openly clash on the plains of Troy the goddess Athena imbues a Greek warlord – Diomedes – with fearsome, godlike powers of combat.  So with the Trojan forces in disarray and on the verge of wholescale panic, Hector decides on an audacious plan to save his...

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EPISODE 14 “DEADLY DESTINY”

Author: Jeff Wright
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


THE STORY: (57 minutes) This episode, pivotal to the entire Trojan War Epic, features philosophy, bedroom farce, and genuine tragedy — all in equal measure.  Temptation plays the lead:  Agamemnon tempts Achilles; Hera tempts Zeus; and Patroclus tempts Deadly Destiny. THE COMMENTARY:  WERE ACHILLES & PATROCLUS LOVERS? (20 minutes; begins at 57:00) I dedicate this entire post-story commentary...

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EPISODE 15 “THE WRATH OF ACHILLES”

Author: Jeff Wright
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


THE STORY  (65 minutes)   Homer’s Iliad opens with the storyteller’s invocation to the Muse: “The wrath of Achilles – sing it now, goddess, sing through me ….”  When Achilles learns that his beloved Patroclus is dead – at the hands of Hector –Achilles “snaps”.  What follows is a powerful, disturbing and truly horrifying podcast episode....

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EPISODE 16 “PRIAM”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sun, Aug 21, 2016


THE STORY (50 minutes)   This episode traces the personal griefs of two bitter enemies:  Achilles, who has lost his best friend and soul mate, Patroclus; and King Priam, who has lost his son and his heir, Hector.  Both Achilles and Priam are inconsolable, until Zeus and Deadly Destiny unite them, under the roof of one...

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EPISODE 17 “ACHILLES’ HEEL”

Author: Jeff Wright
Sat, Aug 20, 2016


THE STORY  (59 minutes)   With Hector dead, the desperate Trojans grasp on to increasingly ridiculous deus ex machina solutions to save their city from the Greeks.  And then old King Priam hatches the most hair-brained (or brilliant) scheme of them all….. THE COMMENTARY  HOW DID ACHILLES DIE and WHO KILLED HIM? (15 minutes; begins at...

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EPISODE 18 “ODYSSEUS ASCENDANT”

Author: Jeff Wright
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


THE STORY  (50:00 minutes)   A dispute over honour leads to a leadership shift (and a profound tragedy) in the Greek army.  Meanwhile, Paris Prince of Troy discovers that “nemesis” is a word of particularly Greek origin. THE COMMENTARY    THE OENONE STORY:  A PATRIARCHAL MARRIAGE PRIMER   (20 minutes; begins at 50:00)   I devote this...

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EPISODE 19 “THE TROJAN HORSE”

Author: Jeff Wright
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


THE STORY   (60 minutes) Odysseus finally decodes the cryptic prophecy that “Troy’s walls will never be destroyed by an enemy force”, then sets to work on implementing the most audacious – and famous – “con” in the history of war. THE COMMENTARY     WAS THERE EVER REALLY A TROJAN HORSE?  (23 minutes; begins at 1:00:06)...

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EPISODE 20 “THE SACK OF TROY”

Author: Jeff Wright
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


THE STORY and A MESSAGE FROM JEFF WRIGHT  (100 minutes)   Odysseus confronts Priam, Menelaus confronts Helen, and Agamemnon confronts Fate and Deadly Destiny …. all on the night when the mighty city of Troy finally falls. And so, with the city of Troy in flames and the Greek fleet set sail across the wine dark seas for...

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