Below you'll find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with Jeanette Winterson. You can also find more information on religion in the news in our main Resources section. Plus you can get more information on myths and sacred texts and tolerance and freedom and other matters in our Perspectives section.
In Greek Mythology Atlas was one of the Titans a group of powerful deities that ruled during the legendary Golden Age. In some stories Atlas was punished for rebellion by Zeus who condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of the earth and hold up the heavens on his shoulders. Read Jeanette Winterson's foreword to her retelling of the Atlas story, THE WEIGHT.
Hercules is a famous Greek hero, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. Among the many stories of Hercules are the twelve labors. This site from Tufts University's Perseus Project retells the story of Herculus amply illstrated with contemporary photos and Greek and Roman art.
The Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud famously used the ancient tale of Oedipus as a touchstone for his theories of human development. Learn more about the genesis of Freud's theories at the companion site to the PBS documentary YOUNG DR. FREUD.
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology and contributed the notion of the collective unconscious to psychology. This online reference site for the Jung Center of Houston contains biographical information on Jung as well as information on Jungian analysis.
In the Greek pantheon Achilles was the son of the mortal Peleus and the Nereid Thetis. He was the mightiest of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War, and was the hero of Homer's ILIAD. This site provides a complete summary of his life and battles. You can also read the entire ILIAD online.
The Enlightenment refers to a philosophical movement during the 18th century that emphasized reason and rationalism. This site offers a thorough history of the enlightenment in Europe, including links to written and visual works from that period.
The Greek word is often translated into English as "Word" but can also mean thought, speech, reason, proportion, principle, standard, or logic, among other things. It has varied use in the fields of philosophy, analytical psychology, rhetoric and religion. This Wikipedia entry documents the evolution of meaning from Plato to Jung.
Medea and Jason
The companion site to the PBS series Myths and Heroes recounts the tragic story of faithlessness and revenge of Jason, the hero of the quest for the Golden Fleece and his wife Medea.
Read the complete text William Shakespeare's tragicomedy WINTER'S TALE or enjoy the one of the BBC's 60 Second Shakespeare abridgements.
This Middle Eastern epic concerning a queen who tells her king a series of stories over 1,001 nights in order to delay her execution, includes such familiar stories as Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor.
"God Has Blotted Them Out" (PDF)
Read the lyrics to the hymn.