In the inaugural episode of our new show, Michial Farmer, Christina Bieber Lake, and Jay Eldred talk about the first two books of Homer’s Iliad.
- Our translations of the Iliad: Richmond Lattimore (1951), Stanley Lombardo (1997), and Caroline Alexander (2015).
- Michial Farmer recommends David Denby’s Great Books (no doubt not for the last time).
- Christina mentions Zeynep Tufekci’s blog post about Game of Thrones’s shift from a sociological to a personal story.
- Jay compares the Greek conception of glory to Terry Pratchett’s The Last Hero. (Jay also talked about Pratchett on The Christian Feminist Podcast last fall.)
- We all hate the 2004 Brad Pitt film Troy. And Christina hate/loves 300.
- G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man on the sadness of paganism:
A thing of this kind can only be an impressing and a rather subtle impression; but to me it is a very strong impression made by pagan literature and religion. I repeat that in our special sacramental sense there is, of course, the absence of the presence of God. But there is in a very real sense the presence of the absence of God. We feel it in the unfathomable sadness of pagan poetry; for I doubt if there was ever in all the marvellous manhood of antiquity a man who was happy as St. Francis was happy.
- Our theme music was provided by Blue Dot Sessions.
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