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Priceless! Family favorite :)

By coffeegirlkristen78 - Mar 10 2020
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I loved playing this podcast on car rides. Fascinating and entertaining. I can’t recommend it enough. One of my top 3. I have recommended specific episodes to my college and HS aged kids for reviewing when they were learning the topics in school. Ancient civilizations, religions, etc. Thank you for all of your hard work. PLEEEEASE make more episodes! I am willing to listen to commercials. Whatever it takes!

Just what I was loooking for

By OhDomino - Jun 26 2016
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Informative and interesting.

iTunes Ratings

140 Ratings
Average Ratings
123
13
2
0
2

Priceless! Family favorite :)

By coffeegirlkristen78 - Mar 10 2020
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I loved playing this podcast on car rides. Fascinating and entertaining. I can’t recommend it enough. One of my top 3. I have recommended specific episodes to my college and HS aged kids for reviewing when they were learning the topics in school. Ancient civilizations, religions, etc. Thank you for all of your hard work. PLEEEEASE make more episodes! I am willing to listen to commercials. Whatever it takes!

Just what I was loooking for

By OhDomino - Jun 26 2016
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Informative and interesting.
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A Complete Liberal Arts Education (in Podcast Form)

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: How did the Romans go from masters of Italy to masters of the Mediterranean in only 53 years? Well, if you ask the historian Polybius, the answer you’ll get is “Government.” In this political case study on the Roman Republic, we’ll see how the various social orders and their special interests were represented by the multiple legislative assemblies of ancient Rome. Along the way, we’ll climb the social ladder as we work our way up the Cursus Honorum, the course of offices that every young Roman aspired to finish in his lifetime in public service!

Jan 20 2016

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: “Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to Rome we go! With war elephants and Numidian cavalry…hi ho! Hi ho! Hi ho! Hi ho!” Come sing along with Hannibal as he marches on Rome, fulfilling his childhood oath to destroy Rome on behalf of his home city of Carthage! Will he win? Find out in the next exciting episode of The Heritage Podcast!

May 06 2016

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: In the rough-and-tumble Hellenistic World, new philosophies emerge that will influence Greece, Rome, and beyond! Tune in to find out how Eastern ideas seeped into the thought of those who followed Aristotle, bringing us Cynicism, Hedonism, and Stoicism. Finally, we’ll get a sneak peak as to what happens to Platonism in the millennium following Plato’s life.

Nov 08 2015

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: In this exciting conclusion to our three-part miniseries, we say “vale” to the Roman Republic! Along the way, we’ll see how Caesar’s gamble pays off, how his clemency policy doesn’t pay off, and why having a good PR team is a must-have for an aspiring emperor. Warning: Some listeners may experience deja-vu when they find out about Triumvirate Number Two!

Aug 27 2016

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: In Part 2 of our tripartite series on the last days of the Roman Republic, we’ll see if the three-man stalemate struck by Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar can sustain a lasting peace! Along the way, Caesar concocts a plan that’s just crazy enough to work, Crassus gets himself into a pickle, and Pompey is a lousy friend.

Aug 20 2016

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: It’s anchors aweigh as we set sail for the stormy Aegean Sea! Before the Greeks came to inhabit the Mediterranean, the Aegean was home to two Bronze Age Civilizations: the Minoans and the Mycenaeans. In Episode 19, we’ll learn how myth and archaeology have shaped our understanding of these civilizations along with the rest of Mediterranean history. Watch out for the Minotaur!

Jul 08 2014

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: What is the universe made of? Why does nature operate in the ways that it does? What is truth? Can we even know truth? Is there a God? Ought we to behave in certain ways? These questions are the subject of the timeless conversation that is Western Philosophy. In this episode, we’ll define some useful terms for the study of philosophy, as well as lay out a road map for our upcoming journey into the history of human thought.

Oct 25 2014

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: In this episode on ancient Greek warfare, we learn about the fabled military formation that would take the Balkan city-states from amateur skirmishers to imperial powers: the phalanx! Alone, each hoplite (or shield-carrying soldier) was a helpless target, but as part of a phalanx, the Aegean citizen-soldier became a force to be reckoned with. Come learn more about the fascinating military culture that shaped the Mediterranean’s history, as well as movies like “300”!

Sep 07 2014

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: After a cliffhanger ending, Part 2 of our series on the classical origins of political thought continues with the rest of Plato’s Republic, Book I. Next, we’ll see what Aristotle has to say about justice and the best society. Finally, we’ll get a sneak preview of what’s to come on our tour of social, political, and economic thought!

Oct 16 2015

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: Returning to the long-lost city of Miletus, we begin our journey through the history of Western philosophy alongside pre-Socratic thinkers such as Thales (who thought that everything was water), Anaximander (who thought that everything was nothing), and Heraclitus (who thought that everyone was a waste of his time)! Building on our vocabulary of philosophy, we’ll see how ideas like “naturalism” and “materialism” enter the conversation of metaphysics in this fabled land of Ionia!

Nov 03 2014

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: Climb aboard the Heritage SpacePod as we blast off toward an exploration of Aristotle’s cosmos! Along the way, we’ll learn how Aristotle organized the universe into a set of concentric spheres, how he explained the motions of the heavenly bodies, and finally, how God fits into the picture. While we’re at it, we’ll see if these things have any bearing on human Ethics and Aristotle’s own pursuit of happiness!

Sep 02 2015

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: Before we can get to the great Athenian philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, we first need to learn what their contemporaries in Italy had to say about mathematics, the mind, and knowledge. From the ideas of thinkers like Pythagoras, Parmenides, and Zeno, we’ll lay the foundations of Rationalism, one of the two great epistemologies–or theories of knowledge–that characterizes Western Thought.

Nov 09 2014

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: In this episode, we officially meet Plato’s greatest student (…and, incidentally, Alexander’s greatest teacher)! As we learn about the life and labors of the man whom medieval scholars knew simply as “The Philosopher,” we’ll see how Aristotle’s scientific mind organized the world into a logical system of categories, causes, and change.

Jul 29 2015

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: In this first episode of our two-part series on the Peloponnesian War, we destroy ancient Greek civilization! Well…not just yet…first we learn how the Spartans and the Athenians divided the Aegean between two alliances in a cold war that would make the Americans and Soviets blush! Along the way, we’ll see why the Spartans ate black gruel, and why Pericles had a lot in common with Don Corleone!

Jun 12 2015

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: In Part 2 of our series on Aristotle, we discover how Plato’s finest student went on to break with his teacher on such topics as the forms, the theory of mind, and epistemology. Tune in to find out how Aristotle brought Plato’s forms “down to earth,” paving a fork in the road in the history of Western thought!

Aug 10 2015

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: In episode 14 of “The Heritage Podcast,” we caravan to the Land Between the Rivers…or is it “The Cradle of Civilization”…what about “the Fertile Crescent”? Whatever you call it, it’s a land of important firsts, where unpredictable floods and capricious gods sustained a civilization whose legacy stands the test of time. From the Sumerian city-states, to the Assyrians, to the Chaldeans, we learn about the origins of money, libraries, and legal systems in this wild and wacky world called Mesopotamia!

Jun 01 2014

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: In our first literature episode on “The Heritage Podcast,” we follow in the footsteps of history’s oldest hero: Gilgamesh of Uruk. Beginning with a discussion of the epic poem, we then read what is probably the oldest work of literary fiction: a story of adventure, friendship, death, and the meaning of life. We practice basic literary criticism to see what the ancient Sumerians had to say about these timeless themes.

Jun 08 2014

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: In part two of our study of the Peloponnesian War, we extract three historical lessons from the 30-year conflict that pitted Athens against Sparta and destroyed the ancient Greek world. Tune in to find out how smaller states can manipulate great powers, how free democracies are capable of great atrocities, and how prolonged war and chaos lead to moral decay…but also, sometimes, great philosophy!

Jun 15 2015

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: We give more well-deserved attention to Parmenides, exploring his mind-boggling assertion that all reality is one! After developing his thought in greater detail and offering up new criticisms, we’ll check our mail re-visit the Hebrew conception of the soul.

Nov 14 2014

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: What is justice? What is virtue? In a world governed by unexamined assumptions and pretenses to knowledge, is there value to revisiting these fundamental questions? This is the guiding question asked by Socrates of Athens, a 70-year-old sculptor known by the Oracle of Delphi as “the wisest man in the world!”

Feb 09 2015

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: Drawing on our study of the soul and the city, we use classical canons of thought and traditional hermeneutics to dissect Book 2 of the Republic! What was Plato really getting at with this cryptic, sometimes offensive work? And more importantly, is there any hope for the city, the society, or the state in our own day?

Oct 02 2017

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: Drawing on our study of the soul and the city, we use classical canons of thought and traditional hermeneutics to dissect Book 1 of the Republic! What was Plato really getting at with this cryptic, sometimes offensive work? And more importantly, is there any hope for the city, the society, or the state in our own day? (Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech Music for the royalty-free use of his piece “Scheming Weasel” on this episode!)

Sep 22 2017

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: After the fall of the Roman Republic, we ask the question: “why does it seem that no regime can endure?” According to Plato, part of the answer lies in the link between the soul and the city. In the words of Socrates, “the city is the soul writ large.” Tune in as we re-visit the Republic and learn more about the ancients’ thoughts on psychology and political philosophy.

Apr 26 2017

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: Have a podcast? Want some free publicity? In this C&C episode, I’ll be recommending other podcasts whose focus corresponds to one or more episodes on THP. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you want to have your show featured on the website. By the by, we’ll read some correspondence and address some corrections sent in by listeners! Intro music: “Energy” by Bensound.com

Oct 06 2016

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: Ever have one of those days where your lame boss demands a piece of political propaganda, and all you wanna do is write the definitive literary masterpiece of your civilization’s history?! Well, during the reign of Emperor Augustus, a man named Virgil had just such a day! Follow along with Virgil’s hero — Aeneas the Trojan — as we learn about Roman poetry, the tension between public and private interest, and the Roman meaning of life!

Sep 17 2016

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: In this exciting conclusion to our three-part miniseries, we say “vale” to the Roman Republic! Along the way, we’ll see how Caesar’s gamble pays off, how his clemency policy doesn’t pay off, and why having a good PR team is a must-have for an aspiring emperor. Warning: Some listeners may experience deja-vu when they find out about Triumvirate Number Two!

Aug 27 2016

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: In Part 2 of our tripartite series on the last days of the Roman Republic, we’ll see if the three-man stalemate struck by Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar can sustain a lasting peace! Along the way, Caesar concocts a plan that’s just crazy enough to work, Crassus gets himself into a pickle, and Pompey is a lousy friend.

Aug 20 2016

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Aug 10 2016

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: In Part 1 of a three-episode series on the dying days of the Roman Republic, we’ll meet the four key players of the 1st century B.C.: Sulla, Pompey, Crassus, and Julius Caesar! Along the way, we’ll see how the line between buffoonery and awesomeness is sometimes very fine, why some public services ought not to be privatized, and that Crassus was literally Hitler.

Jul 24 2016

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: Tune in as we flashback to the Siege of Syracuse, visiting the Mad Scientist of Sicily and his space-age death contraptions! After that, we’ll touch base with Cato the Elder and see how he’s been holding up since the end of the Second Punic War. (Spoiler: he’s sad it’s over.) Finally, we’ll see how Rome concludes her longstanding rivalry with Carthage, and what the cost is to her republican soul! No worries, though…Carthago delenda est!

May 07 2016

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: “Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to Rome we go! With war elephants and Numidian cavalry…hi ho! Hi ho! Hi ho! Hi ho!” Come sing along with Hannibal as he marches on Rome, fulfilling his childhood oath to destroy Rome on behalf of his home city of Carthage! Will he win? Find out in the next exciting episode of The Heritage Podcast!

May 06 2016

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: In the last episode, we built a Republic. In this episode, we’ll tear it down! Tune in to find out how the patron-client relationship sent the Roman constitution to sleep with the fishes! Along the way, we’ll see how the Roman legions invented new tactics, how the Gauls discovered wine, and why Jar Jar–despite being a Galactic senator–would never make it as a Roman senator.

Music provided by Mark Clark! Buy his album Sing Along to History, or visit his website at http://www.markclark.com.au.

Feb 06 2016

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: How did the Romans go from masters of Italy to masters of the Mediterranean in only 53 years? Well, if you ask the historian Polybius, the answer you’ll get is “Government.” In this political case study on the Roman Republic, we’ll see how the various social orders and their special interests were represented by the multiple legislative assemblies of ancient Rome. Along the way, we’ll climb the social ladder as we work our way up the Cursus Honorum, the course of offices that every young Roman aspired to finish in his lifetime in public service!

Jan 20 2016

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: Salvete! And welcome to the Eternal City of Rome! In this introductory episode, we’ll learn how a pair of belligerent feral children who were raised by wolves [citation needed] beat the geopolitical odds and founded a city that captured the world’s imagination (along with a good bit of its territory) for over 2500 years! Along the way, we’ll discover Rome’s founding myths, Italian geography, and an outline of historical periodization.

Jan 13 2016

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: Armed with a new microphone, we read some long overdue correspondence and give some grateful shout-outs to listeners across the globe! A correction is made regarding Marcus Aurelius.

Jan 10 2016

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: In the rough-and-tumble Hellenistic World, new philosophies emerge that will influence Greece, Rome, and beyond! Tune in to find out how Eastern ideas seeped into the thought of those who followed Aristotle, bringing us Cynicism, Hedonism, and Stoicism. Finally, we’ll get a sneak peak as to what happens to Platonism in the millennium following Plato’s life.

Nov 08 2015

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: After a cliffhanger ending, Part 2 of our series on the classical origins of political thought continues with the rest of Plato’s Republic, Book I. Next, we’ll see what Aristotle has to say about justice and the best society. Finally, we’ll get a sneak preview of what’s to come on our tour of social, political, and economic thought!

Oct 16 2015

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: Join us for the first episode in a two-part introduction to social thought as we re-trace our steps through history and see how past civilizations created legitimacy in their political and economic orders. Specifically, we’ll learn how geography, the natural world, and an understanding of the divine order shaped beliefs about human affairs. From Egypt, to Mesopotamia, to China, to Greece, tune in to learn about the ancient and classical origins of our most treasured forms of political and economic expression.

Oct 09 2015

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: Climb aboard the Heritage SpacePod as we blast off toward an exploration of Aristotle’s cosmos! Along the way, we’ll learn how Aristotle organized the universe into a set of concentric spheres, how he explained the motions of the heavenly bodies, and finally, how God fits into the picture. While we’re at it, we’ll see if these things have any bearing on human Ethics and Aristotle’s own pursuit of happiness!

Sep 02 2015

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: In Part 2 of our series on Aristotle, we discover how Plato’s finest student went on to break with his teacher on such topics as the forms, the theory of mind, and epistemology. Tune in to find out how Aristotle brought Plato’s forms “down to earth,” paving a fork in the road in the history of Western thought!

Aug 10 2015

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iTunes Ratings

140 Ratings
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Priceless! Family favorite :)

By coffeegirlkristen78 - Mar 10 2020
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I loved playing this podcast on car rides. Fascinating and entertaining. I can’t recommend it enough. One of my top 3. I have recommended specific episodes to my college and HS aged kids for reviewing when they were learning the topics in school. Ancient civilizations, religions, etc. Thank you for all of your hard work. PLEEEEASE make more episodes! I am willing to listen to commercials. Whatever it takes!

Just what I was loooking for

By OhDomino - Jun 26 2016
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Informative and interesting.