Rank #1: Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)
Seneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns.
Mar 30 2019
Rank #2: Episode 54: Out of Troy (Virgil's Aeneid, Books 1-3)
Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 1-3. The Aeneid is Rome’s great epic. Learn the story of its first three books, and when and why Virgil began writing it.
May 31 2018
Rank #3: Episode 3: He Who Saw the Deep (The Epic of Gilgamesh)
The Epic of Gilgamesh, composed 3,000-5,000 years ago, and translated in the 1860s and 70s, was one of the greatest literary discoveries of all time.
Feb 12 2016
Rank #4: Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Books 1-5. This book influenced thousands of years of later literature, and remains one of our best source texts on classical mythology.
Jan 14 2019
Rank #5: Episode 40: Hellenism and the Birth of the Self
The Hellenistic period – 330-30 BCE, saw Alexander’s successor kingdoms rotting away in the east, the rise of Rome, and the birth of modern consciousness.
Apr 24 2017
Rank #6: Episode 9: Glittering Bronze Men (Homer's Iliad, Books 1-8)
The Iliad, Books 1-8. Homer’s Iliad is the Tyrannosaurus Rex of ancient epics. And at the core of its 24 books is one shiny metal.
Mar 27 2016
Rank #7: Episode 15: Canaan (Biblical History and Archaeology)
The Old Testament, Part 1 of 10. 1207 BCE. Two world empires. And between them, an unassuming strip of seacoast land that has been at the center of history, ever since.
May 13 2016
Rank #8: Episode 4: Divine Judgment (The Book of the Dead)
In the 3,500 year old Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, we can find the roots of the world's religions.
Feb 12 2016
Rank #9: Episode 26: Ancient Greek Theater (The History of 5th-Century BCE Athenian Drama)
Masks. Choruses. Huge prosthetic penises. Before you read Sophocles, Euripides, and company, it’s a good idea to know a bit about Ancient Greek Theater.
Sep 30 2016
Rank #10: Episode 19: The One Who Struggles with God (The Historical Books and Biblical Archaeology)
The Old Testament, Part 5 of 10. The Historical Books tell of Israel’s conflicts with Syria, Assyria, Egypt, and finally, exile to the corridors of Babylon.
Jun 29 2016
Rank #11: Episode 27: The Bloody King (Aeschylus' Agamemnon)
Aeschylus’ Oresteian Trilogy, 1 of 3. A terrible family curse. A wronged queen. The Trojan War was only the start of the bloodshed.
Oct 14 2016
Rank #12: Episode 46: The Republic at Twilight (Cicero's Early Life)
Cicero (106-43 BCE) was the undisputed master of the Latin language. During his first thirty years, he witnessed events that heralded the Republic’s end.
Dec 09 2017
Rank #13: Episode 38: The Epic Anti-Hero (Apollonius' Jason and the Argonauts)
Jason and the Argonauts, Books 1-2. Journey with Jason to find the Golden Fleece, and learn about the Greco-Egyptian writer, Apollonius of Rhodes.
Mar 22 2017
Rank #14: Episode 17: Roots of the Pentateuch (The Pentateuch and Comparative Mythography)
The Old Testament, Part 3 of 10. Hear the Biblical story of creation and the first founders of Israel, and the texts that may have influenced this story.
Jun 01 2016
Rank #15: Episode 50: Our Brutal Age (Horace's Poetry)
The Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE), a contemporary of Augustus, endured wars, regime changes, and became a literary spokesman for the new principate.
Feb 19 2018
Rank #16: Episode 42: The Beginnings of Roman Literature
Roman literature grew slowly from Greek traditions during the 300s and 200s BCE. Learn about its earliest figures, and how they paved the way for the Age of Cicero.
Sep 17 2017
Rank #17: Episode 52: White Flowers Die (Virgil's Eclogues)
Virgil’s Eclogues (c. 38 BCE) are poems about country life. Far from being innocent celebrations, though they are often cryptic filled with a haunting darkness.
Apr 12 2018
Rank #18: Episode 33: Woman the Barbarian (Euripides' Medea)
Euripides’ Medea is Ancient Greece’s most famous play. But what did it mean to the Athenians in 431 BCE who watched it on the Acropolis?
Jan 05 2017
Rank #19: Episode 34: The Traditions of Our Forefathers (Euripides' The Bacchae)
Euripides’ The Bacchae, one of the darkest and bloodiest works of Ancient Greek tragedy, is about the spread of cult religions during the late Peloponnesian War.
Jan 24 2017
Rank #20: Episode 41: Everything So Far
A retrospective of everything L&H has covered so far, plus some special announcements.
May 03 2017