Mythology & Fiction Explained

By Marios Christou

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The Mythology & Fiction Explained podcast is a weekly show that aims to cover all sorts of Mythological tales and crazy fiction. Many of these episodes have come from the popular Youtube channel Mythology & Fiction Explained.

Episode Date
Episode 17: Satyrs & Fauns - The Goatmen of Greek & Roman Mythology
Today we explore the stories behind the Satyr and Faun as they appeared in both Greek and Roman mythology. We take a look at the different types and how the two differed in appearance and personality.
May 13, 2020
Episode 16: Amazons - The Most Feared Warrior Women of Greek Mythology
Today we take a look at a tribe of fierce warrior women that the ancient Greeks referred to as the Amazons. An isolated tribe of warrior women who were very accustomed to the spartan way of life, they had many queens and took part in a many wars as they could but were they even women to begin with? We take a look at who they were, where they came from and where in Greek mythology they were mentioned.
May 07, 2020
Episode 15: The Strange Locations of the Cthulhu Mythos
Today we take a look at some of the most popular strange locations that appear in the work of H.P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. These include Arkham, a hub for the supernatural. Innsmouth, the sleepy fishing town where the deep ones hide. Dunwhich, the home of a true terror. The Nameless City, home to a mysterious race of reptiles. Carcosa, the ruins of a once great city. Hyperborea, a harsh and unforgiving frozen wasteland. R'lyeh the underwater city where the great Cthulhu slumbers.
May 01, 2020
Episode 14: Lucifer - The Story Behind the Fallen Angel
Today we take a look at the fall of Lucifer and how he went from the most beautiful angel in heaven to a grotesque demon who ruled hell. We examine the references in biblical scriptures and how Lucifer and Satan became the same figure. We then take a look at how Lucifer and Satan are represented in two works of literature, Dante's Inferno and John Milton's Paradise Lost
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 13: Hestia - Goddess of the Hearth & Sacrificial Flame
In today's episode we take a look at some Greek mythology with Hestia, the Goddess of the Hearth & Sacrificial Flame. Hestia is one of the first six Olympian deities and perhaps the least mentioned because of her commitment to keeping the sacred hearth burning. We examine the few stories she appears in, how she was viewed in overall Greek religion, how her worship took place and why it was so important.
Apr 17, 2020
Episode 12: The Jersey Devil - The History Behind New Jersey's Most Famous Cryptid
Today we take look at the history and alleged sighting involving New Jersey's most famous Cryptid, the Jersey Devil!
Apr 11, 2020
Episode 11: Poseidon: Lord of the Sea
Today we take a look at some more Greek mythology with one of its most iconic deities... Poseidon lord of the sea! We examine the origins of his worship, the stories he appeared in and some of his many many children and lovers.
Apr 09, 2020
Episode 10: Krampus: Exploring the Legend of the Christmas Demon
Watch out boys and girls because he certainly knows if you've been naughty... In today's episode we examine the legend of the Christmas demon Krampus! We take a look at the influences and stories surrounding Krampus pre Christian era followed by the more modern Krampus figure used by the church to slowly phase out pagan practices.
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 9: Succubus: The Story Behind the Infamous Demon
In today's episode we take a look at the stories behind a demon who comes to men in their dreams and feeds off them in order to sustain themselves and create more demons, the Succubus. This is an old episode but it's still one of my personal favourites as it covers some very interesting points in history regarding how the church viewed demons like the succubus, it also includes a pope who claimed to have slept with a succubus so what more could you ask for in terms of entertainment?
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 8: The Giants of Greek Mythology
In today's episode we take a look at the giants of Greek mythology, their creation, battles, personalities and the most famous stories they appear in. The most famous of these stories being the Gigantomachy, the epic battle between gods and giants.
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 7: The Kraken - Exploring the Origins Behind the Legendary Sea Monster
In today's episode we explore the origins of the most legendary sea monster of all time, the Kraken! We take a look at it's mythical origins and how 19th and 20th century literature made sure it became one of the most notorious monsters in fiction. Even today it's rather strange how often the name and imagery still appears.
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 6: Goblins: The Story Behind the Creepy Little Men of European Folklore
Today in this episode we take a look at a set of creatures that have become a staple in modern fantasy, Goblins. We examine their various origins from countries all around Europe and how they are represented in more modern forms of media. We also learn the true identity of our host, is he truly human?
Mar 22, 2020
Episode 5: Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the Slavic Woods
Today we delve into some Slavic folklore with the tale of Baba Yaga the wild witch of the woods. In this episode we take a look at her many different depictions, origins and the classical stories that she appeared in.
Mar 19, 2020
Episode 4: The Many Faces of Medusa - Monster, Victim or Protector?
Today we explore the many stories surrounding one of Greek Mythology's most iconic and misrepresented figures, Medusa. Was she always a monster? Perhaps an unfortunate victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or did the ancient Greeks view her as a protector who could keep evil away?
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 3: Spring Heeled Jack: The Demon Terror of London
Today we explore the stories behind the Victorian legend of Spring Heeled Jack the demon terror of London. A mysterious shadowy figure who stalked the rooftop of London in search for his next victim.
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 2: Lilith: The Mother of Demons or The First Woman?
Today we explore a very popular figure in Jewish demonology & mythology as well as some biblical stories, Lilith the mother of demons. We take a look her various depictions over the years to try and understand whether she was a demon that all other demons came from or whether she was the first wife of Adam before she rebelled and fled the garden of Eden.
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 1: Jason & The Argonauts - The Epic Quest for the Golden Fleece
Today we explore the story behind the Greek Hero Jason and his crew of Argonauts as they embark on an epic and perilous quest to recover the golden fleece and reclaim the kingdom that was stolen from him.. This episode follows Jason's journey to Colchis in search of the legendary golden fleece, but along the way the Argonauts must brave treacherous conditions, hostile natives, six armed giants, sirens, harpies, dragons and the wrath of the gods.
Mar 13, 2020