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The History of Ancient Greece

The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.

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102 Livin' on a (Persian) Prayer

In this episode, we discuss the years 413-412 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the Athenian response at home to the Sicilian Disaster, the Spartan and Theban devastation of Attic agriculture and commerce from Decelea, the dissolution of the "friendship" between Athens and Persia, the Spartans' building up of a navy and encouraging of revolts of Athenian subject-allies, the shifting of the war to the eastern Aegean, and a series of treaties are made between Sparta and the Persian satrap Tissaphernes Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/05/102-livin-on-persian-prayer.html Intro by Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle of What's Her Name Podcast Website: https://www.whatshernamepodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatshernamepodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhatsHerNamePC

1hr 41mins

1 Jun 2020

Rank #1

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005 Minoan Crete

In this episode, we discuss the myths and archaeological evidence for the Minoans on Crete, who were an early source of cultural inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks; the palace complexes at Knossos (north), Phaistos (south), Mallia (northeast), and Zakros (east); the volcanic eruption that blew apart the island of Thera in the mid-17th century BC and was a catalyst for the decline of the Minoan civilization (the inspiration for Plato's infamous description of Atlantis?); the ultimate subordination of the Minoans by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 15th and 14th centuries BC; and the decipherment of Linear B (an early form of Greek) by Michael Ventris in the mid-20th century AD Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/005-minoan-crete.html


2 May 2016

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090 The Road to War

In this episode, we discuss the two events over 433/2 BC that led Pericles to claim that he could see war "coming out of the Peloponnese” (the Potidaean Revolt and the Megarian Embargo); the speeches given by the Corinthians, Spartans, and Athenians on the eve of war; and both sides' financial and military resources, war aims, and tactical strategies. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/04/090-road-to-war.html Intro by Gary Girod of The French History Podcast Website: http://www.thefrenchhistorypodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFrenchHistoryPodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrenchHist

1hr 27mins

22 Apr 2019

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003 The Stone Age

In this episode, we leave the realm of myth and trace the development of early primate/human activity in Greece in the Paleolithic Period (Old Stone Age), culminating in the domestication of plants and animals, the rise of the earliest villages, and the development of metallurgy in the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/003-stone-age-greece.html


18 Apr 2016

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096 Athens on the Offensive

In this episode, we discuss the years 425 and 424 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the conclusion of the First Sicilian Expedition and the Congress of Gela, the Athenian seizure of Kythera, the Battles of Megara and Delium, and the beginning of Brasidas' Thracian campaign Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/09/096-athens-on-offensive.html Intro by SandRhoman YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pr_dQxm2Ns2KlzRSx5FZA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandRhoman/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandrhoman

1hr 41mins

9 Sep 2019

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071 Love, Sex, and Prostitution

In this episode, we discuss Greek love and sexuality by examining the formal social institution known as pederasty; the various theories of love as described by Plato (through various speakers) in his treatise, the Symposium; the various methods in which Athenian males (and non-citizen women) were able to have sex; the depiction of nudity and genitalia in art and masturbation; the various types of female and male prostitutes; pictorial and medical evidence for the daily life of prostitutes and philosophical and comedic representation of prostitution; and the lives of several famous hetairai (Rhodopis, Thargelia, Aspasia, Phryne, and Neaira) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/03/071-love-sex-and-prostitution.html Intro by Neil of the Ancient Blogger Podcast Website: http://www.ancientblogger.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ancientblogger Twitter: https://twitter.com/ancientblogger

1hr 23mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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004 Early Bronze Age

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early Bronze Age on mainland Greece and the Cycladic Islands; the arrival of the Indo-Europeans in Greece (known as the proto-Greeks); and the rediscovery and excavation of three legendary Bronze Age cities (Troy, Knossos, and Mycenae) in the latter part of the 19th century AD by the infamous Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans that brought to light the Bronze Age peoples who would become known as the "Minoans" and "Mycenaeans" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/004-early-bronze-age-greece.html


25 Apr 2016

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089 The Breakdown of Peace

In this episode, we discuss the mid-5th century BC history of two areas that were important economically and politically to Athens--the west (the Sicel Revolt, Syracuse's defeat of Akragas, the establishment of the panhellenic colony of Thurii, and new Athenian alliances with Segesta, Leontini, and Rhegium) and the northeast (the founding of Brea and Amphipolis on the Strymon River and the rise of the Odrysrian kingdom of Thrace and the Spartokid dynasty of the Bosporan Kingdom); Athens' growing hostilities with Macedon; and the breakdown of the Thirty Years' Peace treaty (its inadequacies, the Samian Revolt, and Corcyraean/Corinthian hostilities with the battles of Leukimme and Sybota) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/03/089-breakdown-of-peace.html Intro by Joshua Hirschmann of The History of the Barbarians Podcast Website: https://historyofthebarbarians.podbean.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofthebarbarians/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HBarbarians

1hr 47mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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088 Thucydides and Periclean Politics

In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the “Father of Scientific History”, Thucydides (ca. 460-395 BC); the nature of Athenian politics and of political organizations in the time of Pericles; and the domestic political scene in Athens in the late 440s and early 430s BC, including the ideological clash between Pericles and the conservative Thucydides (not the historian) and the series of personal and judicial attacks on Pericles and his three closest associates (Phidias, Aspasia, and Anaxagoras) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/02/088-thucydides-and-periclean-politics.html Intro by Chris Hasler of the History of the World Podcast Website: https://historyoftheworldpodcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/HotWorldpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyoftheworldpodcast/

1hr 8mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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095 The Greek World Turned Upside Down

In this episode, we discuss the years 426 and 425 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the current nature of Athenian politics as dominated by Kleon the anti-aristocratic demagogue, his feud with Aristophanes as seen in the comedic plays "The Acharnians" and "The Knights", the Battles of Pylos and Sphacteria that turned the Greek world upside down, and the brutal conclusion to the Corcyraean civil war Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/08/095-greek-world-turned-upside-down.html Intro by David Cot of the History of Spain Podcast Website: https://thehistoryofspain.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehistoryofspain/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/podcast_spain

2hr 6mins

19 Aug 2019

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In this episode, we discuss the inner-workings of Sparta's unique political, economic, and social system; included are the diarchy (dual hereditary kingship), the Gerousia (council of elders), the apella assembly), and the ephors (judicial overseers); the so-called Lykurgan land reform and the devolution of Sparta's economy; the roles of the Helots (slaves), the Perioikoi (non-citizens), and Spartan women; and the various steps of the agoge (Sparta's education and military training system) which created Spartiatai (full-citizen males) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/09/023-this-is-sparta.html

1hr 8mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #11

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081 Orphism, Omens, and Oracles

In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Orpheus and his Mysteries; the Orphic Hymns and the Orphic Theogony; the Orphic Hymn to Melinoe and her connection to the Mysteries, Hekate, and Hermes Psychopompos; the roles of omens, divination, and itinerant seers (including the mythic figures of Tiresias, Mopsus, and Chalcias, as well as historical figures like Lampon); and the roles of oracles (including the myths and cultic worship of Apollo in regard to Delphi, Python, the Pythia, the Sibyl, and Daphne, as well as the archaeological evidence, rituals, and importance of the oracles at Delphi, those in Boeotia, and those in Ionia (ex. Didyma and Claros) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/09/081-orphism-omens-and-oracles.html Intro by Bry and Fry of Pontifacts Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pontifactspod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/pontifactspod, https://twitter.com/BryJensen, https://twitter.com/frycurious Website: https://pontifacts.podbean.com

1hr 41mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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091 Attrition and Plague

In this episode, we discuss the first year and a half of the war (431-430 BC), as both Sparta and Athens initiated their war strategies, including a Theban sneak attack on Plataea that began the war, Peloponnesian land raids on Attica, Athenian naval raids on the Peloponnese and northwestern Greece, Athenian alliances with Odrysian Thrace, a famous funeral oration by Pericles, and a deadly plague that devastated Athens Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/04/091-attrition-and-plague.html Intro by Jonathan Adly of the History of the Copts Podcast Website: https://hxofcoptspodcast.wordpress.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hxofcopts/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HxCopts

1hr 11mins

29 Apr 2019

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097 The Road to Peace

In this episode, we discuss the years 423-421 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the death of Artaxerxes and the succession struggle that ends with Darius II on the Persian throne; the continuation of Brasidas' Thracian and Macedonian campaign; the ‘Wasps’ and ‘Peace’ by Aristophanes; and the deaths of Brasidas and Kleon during the second battle of Amphipolis, culminating in the “Peace of Nikias” and the end of the Archidamian War Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/09/097-road-to-peace.html Intro by Samuel Hume of Pax Brittanica  Website: https://paxbritannica.info Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/samuelhume10 and https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax

1hr 52mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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022 Sparta Ascendant

In this episode, we discuss the early history of the polis of Lacadaemon (Sparta), including their expansion in the southern Peloponnesus with the 1st and 2nd Messenian Wars (that brought about the formation of the helot system of slavery); Spartan society's social-class tensions and civil strife that led to reform, supposedly by the semi-mythical lawgiver Lykurgas in the 8th century BC, but more likely a gradual process during the 7th and 6th centuries BC; its military growing pains as Sparta suffered a series of losses to their neighbors, Argos (in the Argolid) and Tegea (in southern Arcadia), before eventually defeating them; the life of Chilon, one of the Seven Sages, and his role in making amendments to the Spartan constitution and in guiding foreign policy; and Sparta's ultimate rise to hegemony over their Peloponnesian and Isthmian neighbors, resulting in what modern scholars call the "Peloponnesian League" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/022-sparta-ascendant.html


29 Aug 2016

Rank #15

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077 From Childbirth to Adolescence

In this episode, we discuss what it was was like in ancient Athens for a young girl or boy from birth to adolescence, by looking at childbirth, childhood, the various rites of passages that they must surpass on the way to becoming teenagers, the paideia education system (both Old and New) and finally the training young boys undertook in order to be accepted as a hoplite citizen warrior Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/07/077-from-childbirth-to-adolescence.html Intro by William Hubbard of the Layman's Historian Podcast Website: https://laymenhistorian.podbean.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelaymanhistorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/laymanhistorian

1hr 20mins

16 Jul 2018

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065 The Athenian Acropolis

In this episode, we discuss the construction, the history, and the significance of the main buildings on the Athenian Acropolis (the Parthenon, The Propylaia, The Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and a few others); together, these buildings mark the high point of the glorification of Athens, and the Acropolis thus became a confident assertion of Athens’ cultural leadership of Greece, a bold endorsement of her self-image, and a dazzling instrument of political propaganda, with the result that many people later would consider the Athenian Acropolis to be the symbol of the legacy and the glories of Classical Greece Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/12/065-athenian-acropolis.html


11 Dec 2017

Rank #17

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080 Hekate and Magic

In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Hekate, the goddess associated with magic, sorcery, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, crossroads, entrance-ways, ghosts, and necromancy; including her connections and/or syncretizations with Iphigenia, Artemis, Selene, the Fures, the Keres, the Semnai Theai, Empousa, Lamia, Circe, and Medea; and the "monstrous craft" of magikos in ancient Greece, including curse tablets, binding spells, love spells, potions, and amulets Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/09/080-hekate-and-magic.html Intro by Genn McMenemy and Jenny Williamson of Ancient History Fangirl Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AncientHistoryFangirl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/gennmcmenemy, https://twitter.com/TheGenuineJenny, https://twitter.com/AncientHistFan Website: http://www.ancienthistoryfangirl.com Today’s episode is brought to you by our new August 2018 Patreon supporters Matt Warren and Daniel Urquhart, as well as PayPal donor Hans Andersen. If you too would like to support The History of Ancient Greece, you can become a monthly Patreon supporter at (https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast) or a one time donor at (https://www.paypal.me/RyanStitt).

1hr 15mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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076 The Goddess of the Young

In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, the moon, and the protector of the young Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/06/076-goddess-of-young.html Intro by Tanner Campbell of the Legends, Myths, and Whiskey Podcast Website: https://legendsmythsandwhiskey.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TannerInMaine and https://twitter.com/LMAWpodcast

1hr 16mins

11 Jun 2018

Rank #19

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006 Mycenaean Greece

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence of the Mycenaean Greeks of the late Bronze Age (ca. 1650-1250 BC); particularly from the major palace centers in the Argolid at Mycenae and Tiryns, Athens in Attica, the island of Salamis, Thebes and Orchomenos in Boeotia, Iolcos in Thessaly, Amyclae (which is Sparta) in Laconia, and Pylos in Messenia; what the Linear B tablets can tell us about their society, economy, and religion; and their extensive trade network that spanned the entire Mediterranean Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/006-mycenaean-greece.html


9 May 2016

Rank #20