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The podcasting of a life, by Matt Smith. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” - Charles Dickens.

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The podcasting of a life, by Matt Smith. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” - Charles Dickens.

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Just the right length

By Toni 101 - Jan 21 2018
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Easy-to-take history - interesting bios of famous folk - likeable host and experts.

Great podcast!

By emlouise - Aug 06 2017
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Love the intimate stories of important historical moments and people

iTunes Ratings

166 Ratings
Average Ratings
101
43
13
7
2

Just the right length

By Toni 101 - Jan 21 2018
Read more
Easy-to-take history - interesting bios of famous folk - likeable host and experts.

Great podcast!

By emlouise - Aug 06 2017
Read more
Love the intimate stories of important historical moments and people
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Biography

Updated 13 days ago

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The podcasting of a life, by Matt Smith. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” - Charles Dickens.

Rank #1: Spartacus 1: Spartacus the Gladiator

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Who exactly is Spartacus? many of the sources are fragmentary, and provide little insight into the motives of the slave gladiator turned rebellious legend. Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) explores the early years of Spartacus.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

Sep 21 2015
21 mins
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Rank #2: Catherine the Great 1: Rise of a German Princess

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Catherine the Great is one of Russia's most respected rulers, seen as raising Russia's reputation and building a powerful, cultured empire to rival Europe. It's almost hard to imagine that she was a little-known German princess, put into place by an elaborate power play.

Guest: Associate Professor Adrian Jones (History, La Trobe University)

Mar 07 2016
24 mins
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Rank #3: Confucius 1: The Man Who Moves the Mountain

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A philosopher, teacher, and political thinker, Confucius lived 2500 years ago, in the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. While his teachings and thinking has travelled worldwide, it is a hard task to separate the man from the myth.

Guest: Professor John Makeham (Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University).

May 02 2016
22 mins
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Rank #4: Charles Darwin 1: Before Darwin

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Charles Darwin is such a large figure in the world of science that sometimes we forget how different our understanding of life was before he put forward his theories of evolution and natural selection. So how did Darwin grow up, and what did society think during that time?

Guest: Dr Alexis Harley (English, La Trobe University).

Nov 04 2015
20 mins
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Rank #5: Gandhi 1: A Good Seed is Sown

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Gandhi is a figure who is known across the world as the father of the nation, the man who achieved independence in the Indian subcontinent through non-violent resistance. He was also a thinker and a philosopher, and the name he was given, ‘Mahatma’, means great soul, and reflects the reverence with which he was seen.

Guest: Dr Thomas Weber (Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University)

Feb 10 2017
25 mins
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Rank #6: Themistocles 1: Great Light of the Greeks

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Themistocles lived during a time of change and progress in Athens. The monarchy was coming to an end, the republic was on the rise, and a self-made man from modest beginnings can make crucial contributions to an entire civilisation.

Guest: Professor Christopher Mackie (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

Nov 22 2016
25 mins
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Rank #7: Spartacus 2: Spartacus and the Third Servile War

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Spartacus escapes from the gladiatoral schools but isn't perceived of as a threat and has little plans on what to do next. Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University) discusses how becoming a movement is taken out of his hands.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

Oct 06 2015
17 mins
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Rank #8: Catherine the Great 2: Patron and Collector

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Catherine the Great is well known for being a patron for a range of artists and intellectuals. Her art collection, now housed in the Hermitage in St Petersburg, is one of the most varied and valuable in the world.

Guest: Laurie Benson (Curator, National Gallery of Victoria)

Mar 22 2016
20 mins
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Rank #9: Spartacus 3: The Death and Legacy of Spartacus

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Cornered in the toe of Italy, Spartacus and his followers make their final stand. They may lose the battle to Crassus, but thousands of years later it is Spartacus who is remembered.

Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University)

Oct 20 2015
19 mins
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Rank #10: Frida Kahlo 1: A Ribbon Around a Bomb

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Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico's greatest artists but spent most of her career working in the shadow of her husband, the larger than life artist and muralist Diego Rivera.

After a bus accident left her injured for life she took up painting, and became known for her surreal artwork and self-portraits which show a conflicted artist.

Guest: Emeritus Professor Barry Carr (History, La Trobe University).

Aug 30 2016
25 mins
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Rank #11: Confucius 2: The Master Says

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After his death, the teachings that are attributed to Confucius take on a life on their own. We now look at the philosophy of Confucius, the trouble with interpreting his teachings, and what Confucianism means in today's world.

Guest: Professor John Makeham (Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University).

May 17 2016
20 mins
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Rank #12: Catherine the Great 3: The Warrior Empress

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Catherine the Great took control of Russia, tried to make it a better place, and made sure the rest of the world couldn't ignore it's greatness.

Guest: Associate Professor Adrian Jones (History, La Trobe University)

Apr 05 2016
28 mins
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Rank #13: Ned Kelly 1: Australian Outlaw

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Ned Kelly is a legendary figure in Australian history. A bushranger, an outlaw, a convicted police murderer, and controversial figure. Despite his rap sheet, to some he was a rascal and a hero.

Guest: Dr Doug Morrissey (Historian and author of Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life)

Sep 27 2017
30 mins
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Rank #14: Charles Darwin 2: The Voyage of the Beagle

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Having completed his studies, a young Charles Darwin looks set to continue his exploration of the natural world by joining a voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle.

Guest: Dr Alexis Harley (English, La Trobe University).

Nov 16 2015
28 mins
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Rank #15: Gandhi 2: Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner

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Gandhi is a figure who is known across the world as the father of the nation, the man who achieved independence in the Indian subcontinent through non-violent resistance. He was also a thinker and a philosopher, and the name he was given, ‘Mahatma’, means great soul, and reflects the reverence with which he was seen.

Guest: Dr Thomas Weber (Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University)

Mar 03 2017
22 mins
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