Mini Mythological Moans

The Great Women of The Odyssey: Penelope, Calypso, Nausicaa & Arete

March 25, 2021

Today's podcast episode focuses on some of the neglected women of Homer's Odyssey . Here at Moan Inc. we decided  some of these literary moments weren't appreciated enough, so we made a whole episode singing their praises!  Despite Penelope, the wife of Trojan War hero Odysseus, being one of the best portrayals of a mentally strong female throughout all of mythology, the other women in this episode tend to get tossed to the side.   Calypso is a nymph who keeps Odysseus captive on her island of Ogygia. While she is definitely problematic, her feminist moments are not given enough airtime by the academic community. For this episode, we decided to show off her better qualities in the brief time we spoke about her - but please don't forget she's not actually a great gal. She simply has an incredible moment.   Nausicaa and Arete are two women from Phaeacia. Considering Nausicaa is a princess who bosses Odysseus around and Arete the queen who holds the final say in the entire kingdom - this pair are definitely not harped on enough.

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