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So engrossing

By Krista121212 - Dec 30 2019
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It’s engaging, it’s informative and so detailed. I love this podcast.

Neat!

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Great little podcast. More fun than a raw hootenanny!

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118 Ratings
Average Ratings
107
4
1
3
3

So engrossing

By Krista121212 - Dec 30 2019
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It’s engaging, it’s informative and so detailed. I love this podcast.

Neat!

By Me741 - Dec 30 2019
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Great little podcast. More fun than a raw hootenanny!
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Rank #1: 002: Prelude - Achaemenid Persia

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Wonderfully weird Herodotus, advanced imperial administration and the question of decadence are all spoken about in this episode on the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

iTunes:
(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-2-prelude-achaemenid-persia/id1377920930?i=1000410295785)
SoundCloud
(https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/episode-2-the-age-of-alexander-achaemenid-persia)
Stitcher:
(https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast)
Website:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/002-prelude-achaemenid-persia/)
Twitter:
(https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)
Facebook:
(https://www.facebook.com/hellenisticagepodcast/)

Sources Used:
Aristotle: The Politics
Herodotus: The Histories
Plutarch: The Life of Artaxerxes
Plutarch: Life of Agesilaus
Marc Van De Mieroop: A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC
Xenophon: Anabasis

Apr 30 2018

12mins

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Rank #2: 033: Ptolemaic Egypt - Ptolemy I: Son of Lagus, Son of Ra

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Ptolemy I Soter, a former commander of Alexander the Great turned King and Pharaoh of Egypt, was perhaps the craftiest out of all of Alexander’s Successors. A talented commander and even more brilliant politician, Ptolemy would wield diplomacy and intrigue with a deft hand, founding what would become the longest lasting Hellenistic Kingdom in his nearly 40-year reign.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Show Links
Website/Episode Notes:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/033-ptolemaic-egypt-ptolemy-i-son-of-lagus-son-of-ra/)

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Oct 28 2019

57mins

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Rank #3: 035: Ptolemaic Egypt - War & Peace in the 'Birdcage of the Muses'

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The reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (282-246 B.C.) would be the height of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, and his capital of Alexandria would become one of the most  prosperous economic and intellectual centers in the world. Its wealth, in conjunction with Ptolemy's meddling in foreign affairs would invite conflict both from the neighboring Seleucid Empire in the 1st and 2nd Syrian War, and from within via the likes of Magas of Cyrene, testing the mettle of what one scholar calls  "the Mediterranean superpower of the early-middle 3rd century B.C."

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

The History of Egypt Podcast
Website (https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/)
iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-egypt-podcast/id626129639)

Show Links
Website/Episode Notes (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/035-ptolemaic-egypt-war-peace-in-the-birdcage-of-the-muses/)
Bookmark Contest Preview (https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ptolemy-bookmark.jpg?w=317&h=423)
Ptolemaic Family Tree
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/reign-of-ptolemy-ii-part-2.pdf)
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Nov 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #4: 014: To the Strongest - The King is Dead, Long Live the...Kings?

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The first episode in a series covering the Wars of the Diadochi, we follow the immediate aftermath of Alexander the Great's death with the Partition of Babylon, the Lamian War and more marriages than a Hapsburg family gathering during the  years 323 - 321 B.C.

Title theme by Lina Palera (@user-994392473)
Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)

Website:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037
Stitcher:
www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stpr
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod

Sep 29 2018

30mins

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Rank #5: 022: Children of Mars - The Roman Kingdom and Early Republic (753- 390BC)

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With the 1st of a 2-part series, we will cover the misty origins of Rome from King Romulus to the sack of Rome by Brennus. We also tackle  the political framework of the Republic, the legitimacy of our sources, and the role of the Patron-Client system in Roman social hierarchy.

Title theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Links:
Website (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/022-children-of-mars-the-roman-kingdom-early-republic-753-390-bc/)
iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2)
SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037)
Stitcher:
(https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast)
Twitter:
(https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)

Mar 08 2019

45mins

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Rank #6: 005: The Age of Alexander - The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

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Omens of greatness, some jilted lovers, and easy access to weaponry: what could go wrong? In this episode, we cover the early life of Alexander the Great, and take a look at the historiography surrounding it.
*NOTE*: This is a remastered version of an original episode, which includes higher quality audio and cleanup
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/episode-5-the-age-of-alexander-the-king-is-dead-long-live-the-king

Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast

Website:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/

Sources used:
Justin - Epitome
Plutarch – Life of Alexander
Quintus Curtius Rufus – The History of Alexander
Diodorous Siculus – Library of History
Blackwell Companion to Ancient Macedonia
Hutan Ashrafian (2004) The Death of Alexander the Great – A Spinal Twist of Fate, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 13:2, 138-142, DOI: 10.1080/0964704049052157

May 15 2018

21mins

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Rank #7: 036: Hellenistic Cities - Colonization, Urbanization, & Hellenization

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From Alexandria to Ai-Khanoum, the Hellenistic period would give rise to some of the most impressive cities in the world as the royal dynasties sought to make their mark on the landscape with ambitious building projects and military settlements. We'll trace the path of a Hellenistic city from foundation to megalopolis, what exactly makes them "Hellenistic",  and look at a variety of topics including their impacts on disease and human health and their overall legacy in the lands they were built upon.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

The Partial Historians
Website: (https://partialhistorians.com/)
iTunes: (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-partial-historians/id637226647)

Show Links
Website/Episode Notes: (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/036-hellenistic-cities-colonization-urbanization-hellenization/)

Social Media:
Twitter (https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)
Facebook (www.facebook.com/hellenisticagepodcast/)
Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hellenistic_age_podcast/)
Discord (https://discord.gg/VJcyUcN)

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Dec 10 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: 004: Prelude - The Macedonian Military Machine

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We take a look at the bread and butter of the Macedonian Army: the Macedonian Phalanx and Companion Cavalry. We also talk about whether or not Alexander deserves as much credit as he does, and I keep tossing about words that are hard to remember.

iTunes:
(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/004-prelude-the-macedonian-military-machine/id1377920930?i=1000411003053)
SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/episode-4-the-age-of-alexander-the-macedonian-military-machine)
Stitcher:
(https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast)
Website:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/004-prelude-the-macedonian-military-machine/)
Twitter:
(https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)
Facebook:
(https://www.facebook.com/hellenisticagepodcast/)

Sources used:
Arrian - Anabasis of Alexander
JE Lendon - "Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity"
Blackwell Companion to Ancient Macedonia
Donald W. Engels – "Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army"

May 09 2018

12mins

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Rank #9: 003: Prelude - The Kingdom of Macedon

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From backwater kingdom to supreme overlord of Greece, I take at look at the history of Macedonia and talk about the nature of its identity on whether it can truly be called "Greek".

iTunes:
(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/003-prelude-the-kingdom-of-macedon/id1377920930?i=1000410516992)
Soundcloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/episode-3-the-age-of-alexander-the-kingdom-of-macedonia)
Stitcher:
(https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast)
Website:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/003-prelude-the-kingdom-of-macedon/)

Sources used:
Arrian - Anabasis of Alexander
Herodotus - The Histories
Diodorous Siculus - The Library of History
Isocrates - Panegyricus
Plutarch - Life of Demosthenes
Thucydides - The Peloponnesian War
Xenophon - Hellenica
Blackwell Companion to Ancient Macedonia

May 03 2018

13mins

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Rank #10: 015: To the Strongest - The 1st and 2nd Wars of the Diadochi

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Hold onto your piloi as we cover the first and second wars of the Diadochi, with war elephants, vengeful mothers and betrayal marking the years 320 - 316 B.C.
Title theme by Lina Palera (@user-994392473)
Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)

Website:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
@user-103425037
Stitcher:
www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stpr
Twitter:
twitter.com/HellenisticPod

Oct 20 2018

35mins

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Rank #11: 019: The Celtic Invasion of Greece - Celtic Civilization & History (1300-300 B.C.)

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In the first of a two-part look at the Celtic invasion of Greece, I cover the history and civilization of the ancient Celts. We will look at what it means to be a “Celt”, how the Celts were seen by the Greeks and Romans alike, and delve into topics like human sacrifice, warfare and art.

Thanks to John Kerry, an Edinburgh based composer, trombonist and music archaeologist  professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London who works with Carnyx & Co to recreate the sounds of Iron Age music and instruments. His website is here at www.carnyx.org.uk  so please, check it out if you want to hear more about his work.

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/019-the-celtic-invasion-of-greece-celtic-civilization-history-1300-300-bc
Stitcher:
www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stpr

Show Notes:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/018-the-celtic-invasion-of-greece-celtic-civilization-and-history-1300-300-b-c/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod

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Sources;
Primary
Commentaries on the Gallic War – Julius Caesar
Pharsalia - Lucan
Library of History - Diodorus Siculus
The Histories – Polybius
The Histories – Herodotus
Agricola - Tacitus
History of Rome - Livy
Secondary
“The Ancient Celts, 2nd Edition” – Barry Cunliffe
“The Celtic World” – Miranda Green
“Celts and the Classical World” - David Rankin

Jan 16 2019

34mins

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Rank #12: 020: The Celtic Invasion of Greece - The Gallic Tsunami

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In this episode, we cover the Celtic invasions proper. The Greeks and Macedonians try to defend themselves from the onslaught of the warchief Brennus and his invasion force from 280-278 BC, culminating in the 2nd Battle of Thermopylae and the siege of Delphi that echoes Herodotus' coverage of Xerxes' invasion, while Antiochus I and the cities of Asia Minor struggle to stop the raiding Celts thanks to Nicomedes I's invitations.

Title theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Website:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/020-the-celtic-invasion-of-greece-the-gallic-tsunami/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037
Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast

Jan 28 2019

34mins

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Rank #13: 040: Carthage - The Forgotten Mediterranean Empire

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The city-state of Carthage , founded by Phoenician settlers in modern Tunisia during the 9th century B.C., was a premier power of the western Mediterranean. Stretching their reach from North Africa into Spain, Sicily and Sardinia, the Carthaginians managed to establish a formidable economic empire thanks to their nautical prowess, eventually leading to their clash for dominance with the up-and-coming Roman Republic. In this episode, we will trace Carthage from its foundation to the 1st Punic War, and look at issues such as its government, human sacrifice, and its complicated relationship with the Greco-Roman world.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Show Links
Website/Episode Notes: (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/040-carthage-the-forgotten-mediterranean-empire/)

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Mar 01 2020

40mins

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Rank #14: 013: The Age of Alexander - To the Strongest

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The crossing of the Gedrosian Desert, management of the empire, a case study on the king's cause of death and more are covered in the thrilling conclusion to the saga of Alexander the Great.
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037
Stitcher:
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Title theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)
Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (https://surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)

Sources Used:
The Anabasis of Alexander – Arrian
Life of Alexander – Plutarch
Library of History – Diodorus Siculus
The History of Alexander – Quintus Curtius Rufus
Borza, E.-N. Alexander’s Death: A Medical Analysis. In “The Landmark Arrian”
Bosworth, A.B. Alexander and the Iranians. The Journal of Hellenic Studies. 100, 1-21.
Bosworth, A.B. Alexander’s Death: The Poisoning Rumors. In “The Landmark Arrian”
Carney, E.W. Alexander and Persian Women. 1996. The American Journal of Philology. 117(4), 563-588
Engels, D. Alexander’s Intelligence System. 1980. The Classical Quarterly, 30(2), 327- 340
Engels, D. Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army.
Higgins, E.W. Aspects of Alexander’s imperial administration: some modern methods and views reviewed. 1980,
Holt, F.L. The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World. 2016.
Nagle, D.B. The Cultural Context of Alexander's Speech at Opis. 1996. Transactions of the American Philological Association. 126, 151-172
Oldach, D.W., Richard, R.E., Borzam E., Benitez, R.M. A Mysterious Death. 1998. N Engl J Med. 338 (1764-1769)
Romm, J. Alexander’s Policy of Perso-Macedonian Fusion. In Landmark Arrian.
Schmidt, G.D. and Roberts, L.S. Foundations of Parasitology 9th Edition. McGraw-Hill.

Sep 17 2018

31mins

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Rank #15: 034: Ptolemaic Egypt - The (Incestuous) Lion's Brood

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With the death of Ptolemy I Soter, the Hellenistic World would be subject to a collection of his formidable children: Ptolemy II Philadelphos, Arsinoe II, Magas, and Ptolemy Ceraunus. We also spend considerable time discussing the incestuous royal sibling marriages that would become standard policy of the Ptolemaic Dynasty.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)
Special thanks to Nicholas C. for editing work

The History of the British Isles Podcast
iTunes(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-the-british-isles/id1384286703)
Website (https://anchor.fm/historyofbritishisles)

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Website/Episode Notes:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/034-ptolemaic-egypt-the-incestuous-lions-brood/)

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Nov 10 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: 029: The Seleucid Empire - Seleucus I & the Foundation of the Empire

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The founder of the Seleucid Empire, Seleucus I Nicator, had an extraordinary career. From a minor player in Alexander's campaigns to king of the largest realm in the Hellenistic world, we cover the origins of the empire in its entirety, taking us from administration in Babylon to the wars against Chandragupta Maurya and the Diadochi.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Show Links:
Website/Show Notes (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/029-the-seleucid-empire-seleucus-i-the-foundation-of-the-empire/)

Social Media:
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Aug 12 2019

52mins

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Rank #17: 032: The Mauryan Empire of India

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Led by rulers such as Chandragupta and Ashoka the Great, the Mauryan Empire would be the largest empire ancient India had yet seen. Stretching across almost all of the Indian subcontinent into modern Afghanistan and Iran, the Maurya would develop close contacts with the Hellenistic world. We will look at the history and the inner workings of the empire, as recorded by the likes of Megasthenes and Chanakya, and see how this highly developed state managed to sustain itself from 320 to 185 B.C.
Episode Notes:
(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/032-the-mauryan-empire-of-india/)

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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Oct 07 2019

56mins

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Rank #18: 012: The Age of Alexander - India, and the Journey's End

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Elephants and atrocities mark the brutal Indian Campaign, culminating in the Battle of the Hydaspes, and the Macedonians decide enough is enough with the mutiny at the Beas in the Summer 326 BC.
Twitter:
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Title theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)
Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (https://surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)
Sources Used:
The Anabasis of Alexander – Arrian
The Histories - Herodotus
Life of Alexander – Plutarch
Library of History – Diodorus Siculus
The History of Alexander – Quintus Curtius Rufus
Bosworth, A.B. Alexander in the East: Tragedy and Triumph. 1996, Oxford University Press
Carney, E. Macedonians and mutiny: discipline and indiscipline in the army of Philip and Alexander. 1996. Classical Philology, 91(1).
Charles, M.B. Elephants, Alexander and the Indian Campaign. 2010. Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada 10(3)
Edmunds, L. The Religiosity of Alexander. 1971
Head, D. (2018, Aug/Sep). Coined Indians: Infantry archers at the Hydaspes. Ancient Warfare Magazine 13(2)
Holt, F.L. Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions. 2003
Sinha, B.C. 1973. Studies in Alexander’s Campaigns. Varanasi: Bhartiya Publishing House.
Stoneman, R. “The Indian Campaign”. The Landmark Arrian
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Climate_of_India

Aug 31 2018

32mins

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Rank #19: 016: To the Strongest - The 3rd War of the Diadochi & Babylonian War

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The 3rd War of the Diadochi and the Babylonian War are covered between 316-309 B.C. We see ambitious Antigonos try to conquer the Macedonian empire, Demetrios following in his father’s footsteps, Seleucus’ rise to power from underdog to empire builder, and the final tragic end of the Argead house and the line of Alexander the Great.

History of Ancient Greece Podcast:
http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/
Title Theme by Lina Palera:
https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037?
Stitcher:
www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stpr
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod
Website:
https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/016-to-the-strongest-the-3rd-war-of-the-diadochi-the-babylonian-war/

Nov 15 2018

29mins

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Rank #20: 041: Polybius of Megalopolis - Historian of the Hellenistic Age

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Polybius of Megalopolis (~200 - 118 B.C.) was a Greek nobleman and high ranking member of the Achaean League, whose political career was prematurely ended when he was taken as a political hostage to Rome. Rather than disappearing into obscurity, Polybius took it upon himself to compose a "universal" history, so as to explain to his fellow Greeks how the Romans managed to conquer the inhabited world in only 50 years. In this episode, we are going to spend time discussing the life and works of Polybius, who provides us with not only the best written account from the Hellenistic period, but is also one of the finest historians the Greco-Roman world has ever produced.

Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

Show Links
Website/Episode Notes: (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/041-polybius-of-megalopolis-historian-of-the-hellenistic-age/)

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Mar 14 2020

34mins

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048: Persian & Iranian Survival in a Hellenistic World

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The conquest of the Achaemenid Persian Empire by Alexander the Great and his Successors did not spell the end of Iranian civilization. During the early Hellenistic period, several Iranian dynasties manage to establish themselves as  independent rulers in their own right, propagating and transforming Iranian traditions and cultures in a changing environment. We will be covering such figures Mithridates I Ktistes, the founder of the Kingdom of Pontus, Orontes I, ruler of horse-rearing Armenia, and Amastris, the last Achaemenid princess and first Hellenistic queen.

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Aug 02 2020

34mins

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047: Hellenistic Philosophy - Cynics, Cyrenaics, & Peripatetics

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Concluding our look at the philosophies of the Hellenistic Age, we take a round tour of three other important schools: the ascetic and often times crass Cynics, the hedonistic predecessors of the Epicureans known as the Cyrenaics, and the Peripatetics, the heirs of Aristotle and the Lyceum.

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Jul 20 2020

34mins

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046: Hellenistic Philosophy - Pyrrhonian & Academic Skepticism

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Questions on the existence of true knowledge had plagued many Greek philosophers, but it was during the Hellenistic period when Skepticism, divided between two competing branches, emerged to openly cast doubt on the possibility of knowing anything at all. The disciples of Pyrrho of Elis, a contemporary of Alexander the Great, sought to achieve inner tranquility through indifference and lack of opinion, while the Academic Skeptics modeled themselves after Socrates, looking to engage in a perpetual state of inquiry as a way to better reach the truth.

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Jun 29 2020

30mins

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Interview: On Hellenistic Naval Warfare w/ Stephen DeCasien

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From the super galleys of the Hellenistic monarchs to the engagements of Cape Ecnomus and Drepana during the First Punic War, the Hellenistic Age was the epoch of naval warfare in the ancient world. Joining us is nautical archaeologist and PhD student Stephen DeCasien to talk about the intricacies and evolution of the navy during the period, the practicalities and philosophy of building the gargantuan Tessarakonteres, and why it ultimately fell out of favor following the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.

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Jun 22 2020

46mins

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Interview: On Rulership & Ruler-Cults in Ptolemaic Egypt w/ Henry Bohun

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With an Egyptologist’s perspective, PhD student Henry Bohun joins the show to help explore the complexities of the relationship between the Greco-Macedonian rulers of the Ptolemaic Dynasty with that of their native Egyptian subjects. Despite being Macedonian to the core, the Ptolemies nevertheless saw themselves as heirs and continuators of the Pharaonic tradition, and the ways in which they did are explored in this episode.

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Jun 14 2020

34mins

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Interview: On the Islamic Reception of Cleopatra w/ Yentl Love (thequeerclassicist.com)

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The legacy of Cleopatra, the last independent queen of Ptolemaic Egypt and arguably the most famous figure of the Hellenistic period, is not just limited to the works of William Shakespeare. Joining us today is Yentl Love, creator and writer of the website "The Queer Classicist", who talks about the reception of Cleopatra (Qalūbaṭrah) in the Islamic tradition.

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Jun 11 2020

24mins

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Interview: On the Wars of the Diadochi w/ John McTavish

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In this episode we are joined by historian and Cornell PhD student John McTavish to discuss the Wars of the Diadochi, where the Successors of Alexander the Great fought over a period of 40 years to carve apart his empire and found their own kingdoms, giving birth to the Hellenistic World as we know it. We discuss the problems of early Hellenistic sources and chronology,  diagnose the causes of the empire's rapid disintegration, and look at the major players and indigenous peoples responses to the power vacuum left by Alexander's death.

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May 31 2020

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045: Hellenistic Philosophy - Stoics & Stoicism

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Arguably the most popular of the Hellenistic philosophies, the Stoic movement, with its emphasis on reason and self-control, attracted several famous figures such as the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Macedonian king Antigonus II Gonatas, and Seneca the Younger. Believing that wisdom is the highest good and can be achieved through philosophy, the Stoics encouraged the rejection of emotion and the embrace of rationality as a way to live in accordance with nature, which was granted an innate sense of orderliness and reason thanks to the embodiment of the cosmos by a rational deity.

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May 18 2020

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Show Update: Merchandise & Episode 50's Q&A

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A quick update on the release of show merchandise and on the upcoming Q&A (question and answer) session for episode 050.

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May 10 2020

3mins

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044: Hellenistic Philosophy - Epicurus & Epicureanism

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Named after the eponymous philosopher Epicurus (341 – 270 B.C.), the Epicurean school was one of the more popular if controversial doctrines to emerge during the Hellenistic period. Arguing that “Death is nothing” and denying the existence of the afterlife, Epicurus and his followers sought to explain the world through empirical observation and the famous theory of atoms and the void, looking to live the best life by embracing pleasure and avoidance of pain.

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May 03 2020

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043: The First Punic War - Let Them Drink!

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By 255 B.C., the Carthaginians were in dire straits, having faced the prospect of a Roman invasion of North Africa. However, the talented leadership of Xanthippus of Lacedaemonia and Hamilcar Barca managed to stave off defeat for another 15 years, but the unrelenting nature of the Romans in spite of military and natural disasters would bring an end to the First Punic War.

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Apr 19 2020

32mins

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Interview: On the Parthian Empire w/ Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom

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Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom joins us to discuss the Parthians and the Arsacid dynasty, a group that emerged from the Central Asian Steppes to come into conflict with the Seleucids and Hellenistic kingdoms during early-middle 3rd century B.C.  We talk about Dr. Overtoom's work regarding early Parthian history, the adaptability of a steppe society ruling over a heavily urbanized Greco-Persian one,  and his upcoming book "Reign of Arrows: The Rise of the Parthian Empire in the Hellenistic Middle East", which seeks to answer the question of how the Parthians managed to turn from small nomadic tribe to one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world.

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Apr 02 2020

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042: The First Punic War - The Sicilian Wrestling Ground

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The First Punic War, lasting from 264 to 241 B.C., was the longest uninterrupted war in the ancient world, fought between the Roman Republic and the Phoenician city-state of Carthage. Exploring the origins of the conflict is essential, tracing the earliest instances of Romano-Punic relations to the intervention of Rome on the behalf of the Mamertines in 264. While the Romans may be able to hold their own in land engagements, will they be able to meet the awesome nautical power of Carthage and emerge victorious in the clash off Cape Ecnomus, the  largest naval battle in the ancient world?

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Mar 29 2020

44mins

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041: Polybius of Megalopolis - Historian of the Hellenistic Age

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Polybius of Megalopolis (~200 - 118 B.C.) was a Greek nobleman and high ranking member of the Achaean League, whose political career was prematurely ended when he was taken as a political hostage to Rome. Rather than disappearing into obscurity, Polybius took it upon himself to compose a "universal" history, so as to explain to his fellow Greeks how the Romans managed to conquer the inhabited world in only 50 years. In this episode, we are going to spend time discussing the life and works of Polybius, who provides us with not only the best written account from the Hellenistic period, but is also one of the finest historians the Greco-Roman world has ever produced.

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Mar 14 2020

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040: Carthage - The Forgotten Mediterranean Empire

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The city-state of Carthage , founded by Phoenician settlers in modern Tunisia during the 9th century B.C., was a premier power of the western Mediterranean. Stretching their reach from North Africa into Spain, Sicily and Sardinia, the Carthaginians managed to establish a formidable economic empire thanks to their nautical prowess, eventually leading to their clash for dominance with the up-and-coming Roman Republic. In this episode, we will trace Carthage from its foundation to the 1st Punic War, and look at issues such as its government, human sacrifice, and its complicated relationship with the Greco-Roman world.

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Mar 01 2020

40mins

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On Oliver Stone's "Alexander" w/ Trevor Culley (The History of Persia Podcast)

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Though initially a critical failure upon release, subsequent re-cuts of the 2004 "Alexander" film by director Oliver Stone has been more positively received, and it has been praised as one of the most historically accurate films to depict the ancient world thanks to the historical consultant Robin Lane Fox. In this loosely-structured episode, we are joined by Trevor Culley of the "History of Persia Podcast" to give our thoughts on the movie and analyze it from both a technical and (more importantly) a historical perspective.

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Feb 17 2020

1hr 2mins

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039: Agathocles of Syracuse - Tyrant & King

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In Greek Sicily, the rule of law was dominated by the tyrant, and no tyrant was more infamous than Agathocles (361 - 289 B.C.). For over three decades he ruled the city of Syracuse as both a tyrant and king, bringing it into a golden age. At the same time, Agathocles enacted political massacres and acts of brutality to ensure his control, and he waged war against the Phoenician city-state of Carthage, taking the battle to the shores of Africa in a bloody campaign that served as a precursor to the Punic Wars.

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Feb 13 2020

58mins

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038: Antigonid Macedon - A Glorious Servitude

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By 272 B.C., the throne of Macedon now lay firmly in the hands of Antigonus II Gonatas. As a “philosoper-king”, the court of Pella would play host to a great amount of intellectual celebrities of the early Hellenistic period, and peace would return Macedon to a state of prosperity. The situation would be different in Greece, as stirrings of rebellion would break out, first during the Chremonidean War, and later due to the rise of Aratus of Sicyon and the Achaean League.

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Jan 26 2020

35mins

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037: Antigonid Macedon - Gonatas & the Macedonian Anarchy

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Antigonus II Gonatas, son and grandson of Demetrius I Poliorcetes and Antigonus I Monopthalmus, was not of the same military mold as his forebears, traditionally preferring the company of philosophers over the camp. However, it would be left to him to achieve the family dream of taking the throne of Macedon, all the while dealing with the likes of Celtic barbarians, cannibalistic tyrants, and the warrior-king Pyrrhus of Epirus, as he sought to restore order to Macedon after nearly 25 years of anarchy and chaos.

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Jan 15 2020

30mins

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Interview: On the Seleucid Empire w/ Dr. Kyle Erickson

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We are joined by Dr. Kyle Erickson in order to discuss his work on the Hellenistic period and the Seleucid Empire in particular. We discuss the strategies of the Seleucid rulers in coming to terms with a large and diverse collection of people, the variety (and scarcity) of our sources including coinage, and looking at the ways Seleucid kings and queens broadcast themselves compared to their contemporaries.

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Dec 30 2019

31mins

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So engrossing

By Krista121212 - Dec 30 2019
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It’s engaging, it’s informative and so detailed. I love this podcast.

Neat!

By Me741 - Dec 30 2019
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Great little podcast. More fun than a raw hootenanny!