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002: Prelude - Achaemenid Persia

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 PoliticsHerodotus: The Histories Plutarch: The Life of Artaxerxes Plutarch: Life of AgesilausMarc Van De Mieroop: A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BCXenophon: Anabasis


30 Apr 2018

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

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 LinksWebsite/Episode Notes:(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/033-ptolemaic-egypt-ptolemy-i-son-of-lagus-son-of-ra/)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)Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)


28 Oct 2019

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

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 PodcastWebsite (https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/)iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-egypt-podcast/id626129639)Show LinksWebsite/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)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)Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)


25 Nov 2019

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

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=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037Stitcher:www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stprTwitter:https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod


29 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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

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)


8 Mar 2019

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

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 cleanupiTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/episode-5-the-age-of-alexander-the-king-is-dead-long-live-the-kingStitcher:https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcastWebsite:https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/Sources used:Justin - EpitomePlutarch – Life of AlexanderQuintus Curtius Rufus – The History of AlexanderDiodorous Siculus – Library of HistoryBlackwell Companion to Ancient MacedoniaHutan 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


15 May 2018

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036: Hellenistic Cities - Colonization, Urbanization, & Hellenization

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 HistoriansWebsite: (https://partialhistorians.com/)iTunes: (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-partial-historians/id637226647)Show LinksWebsite/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)Show Merchandise:Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HellenisticAgePod)Donations:Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)


10 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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004: Prelude - The Macedonian Military Machine

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 AlexanderJE Lendon - "Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity"Blackwell Companion to Ancient MacedoniaDonald W. Engels – "Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army"


9 May 2018

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003: Prelude - The Kingdom of Macedon

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 AlexanderHerodotus - The Histories Diodorous Siculus - The Library of HistoryIsocrates - PanegyricusPlutarch - Life of DemosthenesThucydides - The Peloponnesian WarXenophon - HellenicaBlackwell Companion to Ancient Macedonia


3 May 2018

Rank #9

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

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


20 Oct 2018

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

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=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037/019-the-celtic-invasion-of-greece-celtic-civilization-history-1300-300-bcStitcher:www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stprShow 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/HellenisticPodAudible 30 Day Free Trial www.audibletrial.com/HellenisticAgePodcastSources;PrimaryCommentaries on the Gallic War – Julius CaesarPharsalia - LucanLibrary of History - Diodorus SiculusThe Histories – PolybiusThe Histories – HerodotusAgricola - TacitusHistory of Rome - LivySecondary“The Ancient Celts, 2nd Edition” – Barry Cunliffe“The Celtic World” – Miranda Green“Celts and the Classical World” - David Rankin


16 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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020: The Celtic Invasion of Greece - The Gallic Tsunami

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/HellenisticPodiTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037Stitcher:https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast


28 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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013: The Age of Alexander - To the Strongest

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/HellenisticPodiTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037Stitcher:https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stprTitle theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (https://surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)Sources Used:The Anabasis of Alexander – ArrianLife of Alexander – PlutarchLibrary of History – Diodorus SiculusThe History of Alexander – Quintus Curtius RufusBorza, 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), 563-588Engels, D. Alexander’s Intelligence System. 1980. The Classical Quarterly, 30(2), 327- 340Engels, 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, 151-172Oldach, 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.


17 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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

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 workThe History of the British Isles PodcastiTunes(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-history-of-the-british-isles/id1384286703)Website (https://anchor.fm/historyofbritishisles)Show LinksWebsite/Episode Notes:(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/034-ptolemaic-egypt-the-incestuous-lions-brood/)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)Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)


10 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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040: Carthage - The Forgotten Mediterranean Empire

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 LinksWebsite/Episode Notes: (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/040-carthage-the-forgotten-mediterranean-empire/)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)Show Merchandise:Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HellenisticAgePod)Donations:Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)Amazon Book Wish List (https://tinyurl.com/vfw6ask)


1 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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

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:Twitter (https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)Facebook (www.facebook.com/hellenisticagepodcast/)Discord (https://discord.gg/VJcyUcN)


12 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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032: The Mauryan Empire of India

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)Social Media:Twitter (https://twitter.com/HellenisticPod)Facebook (www.facebook.com/hellenisticagepodcast/)Discord (https://discord.gg/VJcyUcN)Ko-Fi (https://ko-fi.com/hellenisticagepodcast)


7 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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

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:https://twitter.com/HellenisticPodiTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037Stitcher:https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stprTitle theme by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)Distributed by suRRism-phonoethics (https://surrism-phonoethics.bandcamp.com/)Sources Used:The Anabasis of Alexander – ArrianThe Histories - HerodotusLife of Alexander – PlutarchLibrary of History – Diodorus SiculusThe History of Alexander – Quintus Curtius RufusBosworth, A.B. Alexander in the East: Tragedy and Triumph. 1996, Oxford University PressCarney, 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. 1971Head, 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. 2003Sinha, B.C. 1973. Studies in Alexander’s Campaigns. Varanasi: Bhartiya Publishing House.Stoneman, R. “The Indian Campaign”. The Landmark Arrianhttp://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Climate_of_India


31 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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

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-994392473iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hellenistic-age-podcast/id1377920930?mt=2SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-103425037?Stitcher:www.stitcher.com/s?fid=225541&refid=stprTwitter:https://twitter.com/HellenisticPodWebsite:https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/016-to-the-strongest-the-3rd-war-of-the-diadochi-the-babylonian-war/


15 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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021: Assuming the Diadem - Kingship in the Hellenistic Age

Hail to the king baby! We are covering the  ultimate authority of power in the Hellenistic world: the king. The creation  of the kingship, what the job of a Hellenistic monarch actually was, and the fascinating divine ruler cult  are just some of the topics discussed in this episode.Title music by Lina Palera(https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)Antiquity in Question Podcast:-iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/antiquity-in-question/id1444776602?mt=2)-Anchor.fm (https://anchor.fm/alexandergoodman)-YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzSV1rKDHurxkrvILaJGBLQ?view_as=subscriber)Links:Website(https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/021-assuming-the-diadem-kingship-in-the-hellenistic-age/)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)


11 Feb 2019

Rank #20