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Hydra
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The Hydra was a dangerous mythical beast with many heads.  This podcast tells the story of Hercules' challenge to kill the Hydra as one of his twelve tasks.


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Minor gods and goddesses
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This is one podcast of a series.  The purpose of this podcast was to inform students about minor gods and goddesses.  Iris is a messenger for Hera.  She is often depicted as having a staff and winged shoes. Eris is given credit for starting the Trojan War with major goddesses taking sides against each other.  The stories of Persephone, Circe, and The Fates are also mentioned.  Persephone's struggle to return to her mother Demeter explains the changing of the seasons.


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Roman Roads
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This podcast is a description of Roman roads.  The famous quotation, "All roads lead to Rome," was true in ancient times.  The Romans built their roads straight in order to see long distances.  The roads were well traveled and are still visible today.  Comparisons of mile markers and road signs to today's highways are made in this podcast.


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Artemis
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Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, are the children of Leto and Zeus.  She is goddess of the hunt.  She is the patron goddess of young girls up until they are to be married.  She has sworn never to marry, thus her break with young ladies at this time. Artemis is able to take on many different appearances, but the most common is that of a teenage girl leading her band of warriors who are eternally youthful. 


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Theseus and the Minotaur
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Theseus is an ancient Greek hero.  He is pitted against the Minotaur by King Minos.  The daughter of the king aids Theseus in maneuvering his way through the Labyrinth.  Theseus survives the Labyrinth and wins the heart of the princess.  The Athenians were now saved from future sacrifices to the Minotaur. 


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Greek & Roman Government
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Many of our words in government as well as the style stem from ancient Greece & Rome.  Roman government modeled its style after the Greek democracy.  This podcast is an overview of Greek, Roman, and United State government.  Similarities are drawn between the progress made in ancient governments (who can vote) as well as that of the United States. History repeats itself with only wealthy males ruling in government in ancient times as well as beginning government in our own country.


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Artemis & Apollo
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This podcast outlines the origin of Artemis and Apollo.  Artemis is seen as a goddess of the hunt.  She is very bright and clever in her dealings with giants that attempt to overthrow those in Mount Olympus.  Apollo has other gifts.  He is given the task of making the sun rise each morning by riding his chariot through the sky.  Information about Hera, Zeus, and Leto is also included.


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Greek & Roman Toys & Games
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Greek & Roman toys for children are compared.  What is the purpose of the toys?  How do these toys compare with simple games that we play today?  Knucklebones seems to be the precursor to our current game of "Jacks".   Some of the games are for role playing to prepare them for the future position in society.


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Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades
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Kronos, Lord of the Titans, does not want to lose his power.  His plan to swallow his children whole is thwarted by Zeus.  The three super powers:  Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, divide up the earth into areas to rule.  Each of the "Big 3" has a famous story to tell:  Zeus/Io, Poseidon and the Athenians, and Hades/Persephone/Demeter. Many of the stories are used to explain occurrences of the day. 


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Roman Gladiators
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There are many types of gladiators and methods of fighting.  In this podcast there are three main types that are mentioned.  Gladiators begin as slaves or low class citizens, but have the opportunity to rise in society by being successful.  The most famous gladiator is Spartacus.  Various implements of gladiators are described.  The gladiator fights were never meant to be a fair match, but a sporting event for the citizens with the favored and most famous using the best gear for battle.


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Greek Constellations
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The origins of constellations are named after mythological characters.  This podcast explains the origins of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.


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