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Aven & Mark discuss etymology, history, literature, language, and cocktails, and the sometimes surprising connections between them all.
Rank #1: Episode 11: Cuckold.
Sexual fetishes, middle English poetry, Jane Austen, and Ovid -- and how they're all connected to Valentine's Day!
Rank #2: Episode 73: Things Get Weird.
The Fates have decreed that it’s time for us to talk about the word “Weird”! We discuss its etymology, the concept of fate in the ancient and medieval world, whether mythical women really do usually appear in threes, and Shakespeare.Twist of Fate cocktailWeird Sisters Blood & Hand PunchShakespeare Not Stirred book“Weird” video“Does English have a future tense?” video“Arrow” video“As We Like It Podcast” – Macbeth episodeChart of ‘strange’ vs ‘weird’ usageChart of ‘weird’, ‘uncanny’, ‘eerie’, & ‘unearthly’More information about the MoiraiHesiod passage about the FatesCatullus 64Theoi site for Greek mythologyArticles about WEIRD linguistics and WEIRD psychologyProfessor Elemental “Everybody’s Weird”Our Patreon pageiTunes linkStitcher linkGoogle Play Music linkThis episode on YouTubeThis podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International LicenseThe Endless Knot RSS
A series of themed podcasts featuring classicists talking about their research into ancient Greek and Roman culture. Cover art photographed by Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons.
Rank #1: East Africa and the Classical Tradition.
A programme about East Africa and the Classical Tradition. Featuring Carla Bocchetti (IFRA Nairobi), Phiroze Vasunia (University College London), Daniel Orrells (King's College London), Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln) and Gordon Omenya (Pwani University). Produced by Jessica Hughes.
Rank #2: Weaving Women's Stories.
A programme about weaving, gender and storytelling, produced alongside "Weaving Women's Stories" - a series of events organised by Dr Emma Bridges and Dr Ellie Mackin Roberts for the 2018 Being Human Festival. Featuring Emma Bridges, Ursula Rothe, Mary Harlow, Ellie Mackin Roberts, Ben Ferris and Anna Fisk. Recorded and produced by Jessica Hughes.
The Mirror of Antiquity features portraits of classical scholars that blend storytelling and academic research. Guests explore how their work on ancient Greece and Rome helps them understand the contemporary world and their own lives. Produced by Curtis Dozier with support from the Vassar College Department of Greek and Roman Studies.
Rank #1: 4 - The Invention of Europe - Nancy Bisaha.
On the origin of the idea of “Europe” and of anti-Islamic rhetoric. You may be surprised to learn which one came first.
Rank #2: 2 - Revolution and Regret - Carolyn Dewald.
Looking back on a life of activism through the lens of Herodotus and Thucydides, with Carolyn Dewald (Bard College).
Solving the most baffling mysteries of the ancient heroes, both real and mythical.
Rank #1: Who Were the Greek Heroes?.
In this episode, we venture into the Bronze Age to find out who the Greek heroes were and what they were like.
Rank #2: Alexander the Great, Part III.
In this episode, we investigate the most controversial aspect of Alexander's life - his relationship to his companion Hephaestion.
An Ancient Roman History podcast hosted by Roman Historians!
Rank #1: Episode 36 – Romulus and Remus.
The Doctors return with a new mission! The history of Rome from the founding of the city. Many illustrious Latin historians have paved the way with this bold genre, so the doctors are following in the footsteps of giants. On the plus side, this means a foray into those enigmatic brothers, Romulus and Remus. It’s a founding mixed with parts teenage rebellion, revenge, and violence; it’s the beginning of Rome. Click on the link to listen or download: Romulus and Remus https://partialhistorians.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/episode-36-romulus-and-remus.mp3 Wenceslaus Hollar, Romulus and Remus, after Giulio Romano. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Rank #2: Episode 4 – Sex and Matronae.
Hello fellow traveller of the laneways of history. Episode Four – Sex and Matronae has arrived! In this episode, we tackle the weighty issue of Roman wives. The Latin term for wife is matrona. Were Roman wives having sex? Why would they even want to do it? And what were the consequences when things turned a little bit kinky? Find out here! Sex and Matronae https://partialhistorians.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Episode-4-Sex-and-Matronae-2018-Update.mp3 Juan Giménez Martín c. late 19th century, Dresser of a Roman Lady. Currently held in the Prado Museum. Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsLooking to follow up on some of the source material? Oh boy do we have a page for you 🙂 https://partialhistorians.com/2013/04/26/sources-for-sex-in-ancient-rome/
HITM uses character focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. We dive into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them. This is social evolution and biography wrapped in storytelling. This is History in the Making. HITM is currently in Season 1. Season 1 covers much of the classical age of Greece including the “invention” of democracy, the Persian Wars, politics of Pericles and Themistocles, the Golden Age, the Peloponnesian Wars, and much more.
Rank #1: 1: The Athenian Shield.
Greece, as we recognize it, begins where the Dark Age ends. We meet some of the earliest known reformers that drop the first hints of democracy in reaction to the stresses of coming out of the Dark Age. This episode covers approximately 1200 BC – 594 BC.
Rank #2: 3: The Spartan Legacy.
Sparta is more than spears, although there are also plenty of spears. We wade through the murky history of Sparta while watching their migration into Greece. As much as we think of Spartans as Greek, they claim their heritage from the north… and from Hercules. This episode covers approximately 1,200 BC – 500 BC. As a side note, I have a cold so this episode sounds partially underwater at times. Learn more about your ad choices.
In this podcast, I, Scott Lepisto, interview classicists from all walks of life to discover how they became interested in the Greco-Roman world, who influenced them, and how their careers evolved.
Rank #1: Episode 10 - Amy Richlin.
Amy Richlin, Professor of Classics at UCLA, reflects on how she became a feminist, her winding road to a tenure-track job, her favorite subject to teach, and her (hilarious) approach to advising.
Rank #2: Episode 12 - Jackie Murray.
Jackie Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, on her groundbreaking research on Apollonius, the difficult path she walked from graduate student to professor, African-American and Afro-Caribbean receptions of classical literature, and racism within the field of Classics. Jackie’s portraits:http://bit.ly/JackiePhotos Video of Jackie reading the Jamaican Patois translation of the Iliad: https://vimeo.com/39396391
Short summaries and readings of classical mythology (Hercules, Atlantis, Trojan War, etc.) Email: LegendaryPassages@gmail.com
Rank #1: LP0106 pDoG2-2-3 Children of Corinth.
Legendary Passages #0106, Pausanias' Description of Greece, Book [2.2.3], The Children of Corinth. Previously, Medea's children were killed after they brought poisoned gifts for their father's... Mythology read aloud in twelve minute serials. Think ancient legends told as bedtime stories....
Rank #2: LP0108 pDoG1-26-4 Marathonian Bull.
Legendary Passages #0108, Pausanias' Description of Greece, Book [1.26.4], Marathonian Bull. Previously, Theseus found his father's sword and sandals, killed the Marathonian Bull, and volunteered... Mythology read aloud in twelve minute serials. Think ancient legends told as bedtime stories....
In this podcast, we'll visit 200 Wonders of the World, from the Pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. My name is Drew Vahrenkamp, and I'm a travel junkie. The world is filled with amazing places that reflect the greatest achievements of human accomplishment. In these uncertain times, understanding our great shared history may help to bridge the divides between us. And if not, it will be a fun ride anyway! We'll discuss the history of each place and the story of the men and women who lived there. We'll cover travel notes, examine what else to see while you're in the area, and dig into the local cuisine. Expect a new episode every two weeks. And thanks for listening!
Rank #1: 035 - The Pyramids of Teotihuacan.
Let's take a break from Roman history and see what's happening in the Western Hemisphere. Ana from the History of Small Things takes us to her hometown of Mexico City to talk about ancient Mexican history. The standout wonders this episode are the great pyramids of Teotihuacan, started in 100 CE in a city which rivaled Rome in size and artistry. But that's just the start. We talk about the first Americans, the earliest Mexican civilizations, and stories of human sacrifice, wars, and mayhem. Mexico City is one of the world's great cities, and we talk about two of its most magnificent sights: the National Anthropology Museum and the Zocalo. Plus street food, tacos, tamales, and huaraches.
Rank #2: 043- The Nazca Lines.
Etched in the rocky plains of the southern Peruvian coast, the Nazca Lines fascinate visitors and archaeologists. While we still don't know why the Nazca people created lines, shapes and figures that could only be seen from the air, we have some hypotheses. We also know: not aliens. Max Serjeant from the Latin American History podcast talks about how civilization came to ancient Peru, how the Nazca and their predecessors tamed the desert, and why archaeologists think the Nazca created their geoglyphs. Tracy DeLuca, an avid traveller who recently flew over the lines, tells about her experience, both the amazing views and the stomach-churning turns. We also talk about Lima, one of my favorite cities, with its colonial architecture and incredible food scene, featuring ceviche, some of the best food on earth. So grab a pisco sour and enjoy! Sources: Dubé, Ryan. Moon Guide to Peru Hadingham, Evan. Lines to the Mountain Gods: Nazca and the Mysteries of Peru Lonely Planet Peru Masterson, Daniel. The History of Peru Moseley, Michael E. The Incas and Their Ancestors
The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.
Rank #1: 02 Bronze Age Apocalypse 1177BC w/ Eric Cline.
Archaeologist Eric Cline on what caused the simultaneous collapse of the Mycenaeans, Hittites, and most other major civilizations at the end of the second millennium BC, thus ushering in the world's first dark ages. Hint: it wasn't just the Sea Peoples.
Rank #2: 03 Dying For Immortality in Homer's Iliad w/ Andrew Ford.
Andrew Ford of Princeton University joins us for a conversation about the Iliad. What makes it so...epic? And what kind of vision of the world does Homer provide his audiences?
The history of Greece from the Paleolithic to Diocletian
Rank #1: 003 - Human Evolution in 10 Minutes.
003 - Human Evolution in 10 Minutes by History Of Greece
Rank #2: 002 - Sailing the Paleolithic Mediterranean.
Episode 2 of the History of Greece. Considers the findings by the Plakias Stone Age Project about evidence of Lower Paleolithic habitation on Crete and provides a background for understanding the Greek Stone Age in the context of paleoanthropology.
Join history geek of Trojan War: The Podcast fame as he anticipates and then reviews the BBC and Netflix joint production Troy: Fall of a City.
Rank #1: EPISODE 3: THE CHALLENGE OF “TELLING THE UGLY TRUTH” ABOUT HELEN, PARIS & APHRODITE.
In this episode I first offer a quick primer on Aphrodite, mistakenly assumed to be the goddess of love, but actually the goddess of lust, sexual passion and the one-night stand. I explore her origin story, and then her “erotic” and “aphrodisiac” powers. And I quickly review the famous stories of The Apple of Discord...
Rank #2: EPISODE 7: THE CHALLENGE OF HELEN – HISTORY’S MOST BEAUTIFUL & “POLITICIZED” WOMAN.
I dedicate this anticipatory episode of WATCHING TROY FALL to Helen of Troy: in my view one of the most fascinating and “politicized” female characters in story. I begin by noting that the “Helen stories” that a culture chooses to tell inevitably offer a revealing Rorschach (inkblot) Test on that culture’s issues, values, fears and...
The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot
Rank #1: Episode 5.5 - Matilda of Tuscany.
Matilda was the Margrave of Tuscany and for a time was the most powerful leader in northern Italy. She acted as an almost independent leader rather than a subject of the Holy Roman Empire, fighting with it over policy and supporting papal authority over imperial in an effort to reform and revitalize the church. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Holy_Roman_Empire_11th_century_map-en.svg " data-lightbox-theme="dark" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56aebd93d51cd44f3db36651/1555035509880-E22XB79V3GO6B3KAIT1W/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kN9Bl6B85DnsycqhNx0ZUid7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7..." class="image-slide-anchor content-fill" > Holy Roman Empire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_of_Tuscany " data-lightbox-theme="dark" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56aebd93d51cd44f3db36651/1554692943847-M7LVJFLUPCWAOQBNI0FI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kA80iV9LKHFmAYGSTv-z2hwUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8PaoYXhp6HxIwZIk7-Mi3Tsic-L2IOPH3Dwrhl-Ne3Z23sjA9B3T9eancvOaV3..." class="image-slide-anchor content-fill" > Map of Italy, 1050 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Matilda_of_Tuscany#/media/File:Mathilde_von_Canossa_auf_Thron.jpg " data-lightbox-theme="dark" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56aebd93d51cd44f3db36651/1554693230035-L26AZH7Z2RTGKI3JO8P5/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNnpJIYvHqsiwUZUcQe8-KIUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8PaoYXhp6HxIwZIk7-Mi3Tsic-L2IOPH3Dwrhl-Ne3Z2j80K_DtZs0ONetLA0w..." class="image-slide-anchor content-fill" > Matilda Boniface of Tuscany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_of_Tuscany#/media/File:Beatrice_of_Bar.png " data-lightbox-theme="dark" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/56aebd93d51cd44f3db36651/1554693404371-A8DJ2RMJVCL58L3QESXW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kFvxpttsIKDmWVtuHCwLY49Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVHxCvKhggozny5V73ZI5ZpSYgkmFjMM_GN6myM5Ix..." class="image-slide-anchor content-fill" > Beatrice Matilda's Tomb Sources:Nora Duff, Matilda of TuscanyGiovanni Tabacco, New Cambridge Medieval History, Northern and Central Italy in the Eleventh CenturyFrancis M Gillis, “Matilda, Countess of Tuscany”, The Catholic Historical ReviewNames Mentioned:BeatriceBonifaceConrad IIGodfrey the BeardedHenry IIIHenry IVHenry VHildebrand / Pope Gregory VIIWelf II
Rank #2: Episode 5.1 - Ur-Nammu.
Ur-Nammu was the first king of the Sumerian Third Dynasty of Ur. He helped restore native dominance in Sumer after centuries of foreign rule, instituted reforms and rebuilt the Sumerian infrastructure, and helped usher in the final era of Sumerian rule in Mesopotamia under the Neo-Sumerian Empire. Sources:Henry Freeman, Sumerians: A History From Beginning to EndPaul Kriwazczek, Babylon – Mesopotamia and the Birth of CivilizationSamuel Noah Kramer, “The Death of Ur-Nammu and His Descent to the Netherworld,” Journal of Cuneiform StudiesC. J. Gadd, The Cambridge Ancient History, CHAPTER XXII - BABYLONIA, c. 2120–1800 B.C. Names Mentioned:AmoritesElamEnlilEriduGilgameshSargon of AkkadUrukUtu-Hengel
The Layman's Historian is a podcast about interesting periods of history that a layman would appreciate. My first series covers the history of Carthage including the three Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome.
Rank #1: Episode 27 - The Truceless War: Part I.
In the wake of the First Punic War, Carthage soon found the loss of her Sicilian holdings and Rome's harsh indemnity to be the least of her problems. Nearly bankrupt after twenty-four years of continuous warfare, she could not afford to pay her mercenary army which was returning from Sicily. The crisis was further compounded by the blundering efforts of the Carthaginian leaders to defuse the situation, and what began as a pay dispute suddenly exploded into full-scale rebellion. What followed was a war which shocked even the Ancients with the brutality and savagery with which it was fought. A war without respite, without rules, and without mercy. A Truceless War. Link to the Layman's Historian website Link to my Map of the Mediterranean World Circa 300 BC Link to the Episode 27 page on the Layman's Historian website Subscribe or leave a review on iTunes Leave a like or comment on the Facebook page Follow on Twitter. Contact me directly through email
Rank #2: Episode 7 - Dionysius the Tyrant.
Although Carthage had scored some resounding victories against Syracuse, in the fourth century BC, she came up against a significant challenge in the person of Dionysius, Tyrant of Syracuse. A former mercenary captain, an ambitious ruler but a mediocre poet, Dionysius would rule Syracuse for 38 years. Ambitious, bold, and cunning, Dionysius revitalized Syracuse into a fighting machine, fielding a massive army and navy to challenge Carthage's rule over in Sicily. Through fierce fighting both on sea and land, Dionysius succeeded in placing Carthage on the defensive and humiliating the Magonids, although he never achieved his goal of driving the Carthaginians from Sicily. Nonetheless, his preparations and institutions allowed Syracuse to fight Carthage to a standstill, no mean feat considering the wealth and power Carthage could bring to bear in the conflict. Link to the Episode 7 page on the Layman's Historian website Subscribe or leave a review on iTunes Leave a like or comment on the Facebook page Follow on Twitter Contact me directly through email
A dig around ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual. Find me on twitter @ancientblogger and www.ancientblogger.com.
Rank #1: Wonder Woman, Amazons and Women Warriors.
Desperately trying to jump on the recent filmic bandwagon I delve into the history of Wonder Woman and her connection to Greek myth. In addition there's how the amazon myth came to be and an overview of some of the female warriors from ancient history.
Rank #2: Pets in Antiquity.
In this podcast I look at some of the animals people kept as pets. Do you know how to catch a monkey with a pair of trousers or which pet needed to be kept from the drinks cabinet? music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)