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Past Perfect! CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, was produced in association with Civil Rádió FM98. In this series, Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.

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Past Perfect! CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, was produced in association with Civil Rádió FM98. In this series, Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.

    Introduction to Medieval Studies and Archaeology

    Introduction to Medieval Studies and Archaeology

    How much were medieval monastic orders similar to modern corporations? What is the deal with monks wearing red pointy shoes? Why did King Andrew II invite the Teutonic order to settle in the Hungarian Kingdom? In the very first episode of Past Perfect! ever broadcast, Chris Mielke talks with professor József Laszlovszky, director of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at CEU about studying the Middle Ages, archaeology, monastic culture, crusades and video games. The talk serves as an introduction to the study of archaeology and medieval studies, but also goes into more abstract questions about professor Laszlovszky’s research interests. The discussion also details how to present findings to the public - often the process one uses to arrive to a conclusion can be more interesting than the findings themselves. Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2012.

    • 51 Min.
    Literature and Jewish Identity in the Early Modern Period

    Literature and Jewish Identity in the Early Modern Period

    In this forty minutes long interview, Christpher Mielke talks with Marianna Birnbaum of UCLA and visiting professor at CEU about Hungarian Renaissance literature, Jews in the Renaissance, studying women in history, and more broadly about how it is to deal with individual life stories as historians. What were the main currents of Renaissance literature? Who were the main figures of Hungarian Renaissance poetry? How does a historian approach literary figures? In the first part of this interview, Marianna Birnbaum talks about Humanist literature, how books circulated in Renaissance Europe, and how Humanists approached Hebrew language and culture. The second part concerns a 16th century Portugese woman called Gracia Mendes. Why is she interesting, and how was she related to the famous Fuggers, a Jewish banker family? How did she come to manage this vast economic enterprise and why did she emigrate to the Turkish Empire? The third part of the interview is related to 18th century figure Fromet Mendelssohn, wife of the great philospher Moses Mendelssohn. How did she contribute to the intellectual milieu of the Jewish Enlightenment? What are the sources that can tell us about her life? Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2013.

    • 42 Min.
    A Classical Philologist’s Journey: Late Antiquity, Ancient Sex and Hagiography

    A Classical Philologist’s Journey: Late Antiquity, Ancient Sex and Hagiography

    In this fifty minutes long interview, Chris Mielke talks with Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar of the Medieval Department at CEU about his journey as a classical philologist, ancient taboos and translating the vita of Saint adalbert of Prague. Was there really a decline after the “Golden Age” of the Roman Empire? Why is Late Antiquity as a period interesting to study for philologists and Historians? What exactly happened in this transitional period? The second part of the interview is about Cristian’s course, which deals with sexuality in antiquity: how did ancient people talk or not talk about sex? What were the taboos related to sexuality and nakedness? How did prostitution work in the ancient world? In the final part, Christian talks about translating the vita of Saint Adalbert, the bishop of Prague for the Central European Medieval text series produced by CEU Medieval Department, and some more details about Adalbert’s life and afterlife.Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2012.

    • 42 Min.
    Christianity and Culture in the Fourth and Fourteenth Centuries

    Christianity and Culture in the Fourth and Fourteenth Centuries

    What was it like to be a pagan in fourth century Rome? Why was paganism expensive? Why was it both hard and easy for Romans to convert to Christianity? What are the similarities between the fourth and the fourteenth centuries? In this fifty minutes long interview christopher Mielke talks with the late professor Marianne Sághy of CEU’s Medieval Department about researching Late Antique and Fourteenth-Century European Christianity and culture. Some of the topics covered include ancient Roman culture and its revival in the fourteenth century, important personalities like Cicero, Virgil and Petrarch, the reason why the papal residence was in Avignon and how pilgrimage was a phenomenon was managed by the Church. Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2012.

    • 46 Min.
    The Medieval Urban Network of Hungary

    The Medieval Urban Network of Hungary

    How one can study the medieval towns of Hungary?  What is the use of historical geography?In this fifty minutes long interveiw, Chris Mielke talks with Katalin Szende, theoutgoing head  of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU about urban topography, urban communities, and the sources that can tell us more about city life in Medieval Hungary. Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2013.

    • 47 Min.
    An Excursion into Zooarchaeology

    An Excursion into Zooarchaeology

    How were bone tools made and used? Was there a specialized guild for boneworking? What are the cultural notions surrounding horsemeat? What is the Medieval Animal Database? What are the different kinds of data pertaining to animals? In this fifty minutes long interveiw, Chris Mielke talks with Alice Choyke of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU about archaeozoology, medieval animals and the various things you can learn studying bones.Some of the topics covered include how medieval people thought about animals, what were the divisions between real and unreal animals, the role of butchers, the importance of animals in diets, the role of zooarcheology and archaeology in general related to history.  Past Perfect! is CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture, where Christopher Mielke casually discusses with his guests various issues from the crusades to archeo-zoology to medieval urine sampling. The discussions are made with the aim to popularize medieval and early modern studies with the help of experts such as early musicians, historians, philologists and archeologists.This episode was first recorded and broadcast in 2012.

    • 51 Min.

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