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A collection of acclaimed radio retellings of Greek and Roman myths.
Powerful, uncompromising re-imaginings of classic tales from Roman and Greek history, hailed as masterpieces when they first aired on BBC radio. Told in contemporary speech, they revitalise the ancient myths, making them fresh, relevant and accessible to a modern-day audience.
King Priam and His Sons – A second son is about to be born to the Trojan king Priam and his wife Hekabe. But the gods foretell only dissension and disaster if the child is permitted to live.), 29th November 1998 (The Death of Achilles, Helen at Ephesus)
The Death of Achilles – With the bloody Trojan War at stalemate, Agamemnon hits on a cunning plan.
Helen in Ephesus – After defeating the Trojans, the Greeks sail home. Will the gods be kind to them?
Dionysos – Zeus’s son, Dionysos has returned to Thebes. His coming has affected everyone, young and old, and represents a pivotal shift to a belief in a single god who dwells in every human heart. But to King Pentheus, his coming is a subversive threat to the authority of the state and a danger to himself that he seems powerless to fight against.
The Oresteia: Agamemnon – Agamemnon returns home to Argos after his victory at Troy. But his wife Clytemnestra has determined to take terrible revenge for his sacrifice of their eldest daughter Iphigenia.
The Oresteia: The Libation Bearers – Agamemnon’s son Orestes returns home from exile to kill his mother in revenge for his father’s murder. But where can he find the strength to carry out such a terrible deed?
The Oresteia: The Furies – Orestes has avenged his father Agamemnon by murdering his killer, his own mother Clytemnestra. Now the Furies, deities of revenge, are on his trail and baying for blood. Can the young gods Apollo and Athena stop this cycle of revenge?
Severus – Libyan born Severus, his Syrian wife Julia and their two sons Antoninus and Geta are celebrated across the Roman empire as the perfect royal family: a symbol of the civility and harmony of Rome. So when they come to York in 209AD, many are amazed that the most powerful man in the world has chosen to call these shores “home”. After all, Britannia is the centre of nothing; a troublesome backwater that has never been truly pacified; in the eyes of every cosmopolitan Roman citizen, it is the arse-end of the world. So why are they here?
- 01 – King Priam and His Sons
- 02 – The Death of Achilles
- 03 – Helen in Ephesus
- 04 – Dionysos
- 05 – Agamemnon
- 06 – The Libation Bearers
- 07 – The Furies
- 08 – Severus