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Mythology 101

Mythology is a fascinating topic and there are numerous ways to learn about classical mythology on audio. Hear audio renditions of the myths along with lectures about their significance and meaning.

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Homer
Homer

In the Western classical tradition, Homer is most notably known as the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet. These epics are the beginning of Western Literature and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell is best known for his work in the fields of mythology and comparative religion. If you are interested in Joseph Campbell's work and want to learn more, there's no better way than to hear it taught by the man himself in his many audio lectures. Let LearnOutLoud.com help you discover the world of stories that have shaped human history.

Titles on this Topic

The Aeneid
The Aeneid
by Virgil

The masterpiece of Rome's greatest poet, Virgil's Aeneid has inspired generations of readers and holds a central place in Western literature.
Antigone
 
Antigone
by Jean Anouilh

The body of Polynices, Antigone's brother, has been ordered to remain unburied by Creon, the new king of Thebes. Antigone defies the law, sealing her fate.
The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights
by Various Authors

Here is a selection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales of The Arabian Nights, including “Sinbad,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” “Aladdin,” “The Talking Bird,” and “The Fisherman and the Genie.”
Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History
Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History
by Eric H. Cline

The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination, and this magnificent confrontation continues to exert a tremendous influence on modern audiences.
Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable
Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable
by Thomas Bulfinch

Bulfinch's Mythology, first published in 1855, is one of the most popular collections of mythology of all time. It consists of three volumes: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and Legends of Charlemagne.
Celtic Myth Podshow Podcast
Celtic Myth Podshow Podcast

The Celtic Myth Podshow will tell you ancient tales and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man bringing you the bravery of heroes and heroines, the magnificent pantheon of gods and goddesses and the magic and wonder of druids, faeries and folklore.
Classic Religions and Myths of the Mediterrean
Classic Religions and Myths of the Mediterrean
by Jon David Solomon

The early myths of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia Minor, Canaan, Greece, and Rome have greatly and continuously influenced all of Western culture and civilization.
Classical Mythology
Classical Mythology
by Elizabeth Vandiver

Classical mythology—the stories of gods and heroes ranging from Athena to Zeus—has inspired everything from great art and literature to popular films and TV programs.
Classical Mythology Podcast
Classical Mythology Podcast

With this series we will investigate the gods, heroes, and myths that formed bedrock of belief in the ancient Greek and Roman world.
Classical Mythology: The Romans
Classical Mythology: The Romans
by Peter Meineck

Rome grew from a tiny community of small hill villages near the River Tiber in central Italy to one of the most powerful empires the world has seen. The Romans themselves believed that their great city was founded in the middle of the eighth century BCE.
Don't Know Much About Mythology
Don't Know Much About Mythology
by Kenneth C. Davis

It has been 15 years since Kenneth C. Davis first dazzled audiences with his instant classic Don't Know Much About History, vividly bringing the past to life and proving that Americans don't hate history…
Don't Know Much About World Myths
Don't Know Much About World Myths
by Kenneth C. Davis

Whether it's the adventures of Greek gods and goddesses or Norse trickster tales, we all love to hear a good story....
Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy
Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy
by Peter Meineck

The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance…
Greek Gods
Greek Gods
by William Smith

Here we present 14 brief audio sketches of each of the major Greek Deities; providing the listener with information on lineage, characteristics, historical significance and artistic renditions.
Greek Gods, Heroes, and Men
Greek Gods, Heroes, and Men
by Caroline Harding

An introduction to the Gods the Greeks worshiped, and the Heroes the Greeks adored.
Greek Myths
 
Greek Myths
by James Baldwin

The ancient texts we call Greek Myths are our window into the distant past...
Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey: A Biography
Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey: A Biography
by Alberto Manguel

No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature.
The Iliad
The Iliad
by Homer

Perhaps the greatest poem of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent, while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word.
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell

Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology.
Monsters, Gods, and Heroes
Monsters, Gods, and Heroes
by Timothy B. Shutt

From the very outset in the West—from the time of Homer himself in about 750 BCE—the epic has been the most highly regarded of literary genres.
Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology
Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology
by Susan A. Johnston

Otherwise rational people believe-or at least partially believe-in many fantastical myths about the world in which they live.
Myths and Legends of All Nations
Myths and Legends of All Nations
by Logan Marshall

This excellent book contains many great stories from the various mythologies of man throughout the ages.
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
by Homer

The Trojan War is over and Odysseus, the cunning King of Ithaca, sets out for home, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. It proves a long, 10-year journey, fraught with dangers, from Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops, and the seductive Sirens, to the love of Calypso on her all-too-comfortable isle.
Odyssey of the West I - A Classic Education through the Great Books: Hebrews and Greeks
Odyssey of the West I - A Classic Education through the Great Books: Hebrews and Greeks
by Timothy B. Shutt

The lectures address-in chronological sequence-a series of major works that have shaped the ongoing development of Western thought both in their own right and in cultural dialogue with other traditions.
Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King
by Sophocles

In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus discovers that he has been caught in his terrible destiny, unknowingly murdering his father and marrying his mother.
The Oresteia
The Oresteia
by Aeschylus

The Oresteia is a trilogy by Aeschylus, one of the foremost playwrights of ancient Greece. It encompasses three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies. It tells the tragic tale of the House of Atreus, whose inhabitants have been cursed and are doomed to play out their bloody, vengeful destinies.
Religion, Myth, and Magic
Religion, Myth, and Magic
by Susan A. Johnston

Anthropologist Susan Johnston turns a scholarly eye on one of humankind's primary interests throughout history: the spiritual belief system.
Tales from the Greek Legends
Tales from the Greek Legends
by Edward Ferrie

The great myths of ancient Greece, including Gods and Titans, Perseus, The Labours of Hercules, The Adventures of Theseus, and Jason and the Argonauts come to vivid life, in this audio retelling.
Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic
 
Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic
by Susanna Braund

The central text in the canon of Latin literature is Virgil’s Aeneid, an epic poem in twelve books composed more than two thousand years ago under the Roman emperor Augustus.

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