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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.

Ancient Greece Declassified Dr. Lantern Jack

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    • 4.4 • 32 Ratings

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.

    R6 The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful | Plato's Republic, book 6 w/ Gabriel Richardson Lear

    R6 The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful | Plato's Republic, book 6 w/ Gabriel Richardson Lear

    Book 6 of the Republic is the work’s core section where Plato lays out his metaphysics. Appealing to his signature Theory of Forms, Plato offers a transcendent vision of the Good as the ultimate source of human knowledge.
    Joining us to help us unpack this theory is Gabriel Richardson Lear, professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago and author of the book Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.
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    42 The Hittite-Homer Connection? w/ Mary Bachvarova

    42 The Hittite-Homer Connection? w/ Mary Bachvarova

    Was Homer was influenced by the stories of civilizations to the east of Greece? Joining us to discuss the Hittites and their potential (direct and indirect) influences on the Greek epic tradition is Mary Bachvarova, professor of classics at Willamette University and author of From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Ancient Greek Epic
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    • 59 min
    R5 Philosopher Queens | Plato's Republic, book 5 w/ Mary Townsend

    R5 Philosopher Queens | Plato's Republic, book 5 w/ Mary Townsend

    The most controversial part of Plato's Republic is its fifth book, wherein Socrates argues for the political equality of men and women, the abolition of the nuclear family, a strange eugenics program, and the idea that philosophers kings and philosopher queens should be put in charge of political affairs. 
    With us to discuss book 5 is Mary Townsend, assistant professor of philosophy at Saint John’s University in Queens and author of the book The Woman Question in Plato’s Republic.
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    • 53 min
    R4.5 Anatomy of the Soul | Plato's Republic, book 4 w/ Jonathan Lear

    R4.5 Anatomy of the Soul | Plato's Republic, book 4 w/ Jonathan Lear

    In book 4 of the Republic, Plato sets forth perhaps the most famous psychological theory from Greco-Roman antiquity: the tripartite model of the human soul. But how good of a model is it? How does it hold up from the perspective of modern psychology?
    With us to discuss these questions and more is Jonathan Lear, professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago and a practicing psychoanalyst who serves on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. His article "Inside and Outside the Republic" remains one of the most important pieces of scholarship on the psychological theory offered in book 4. 
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    • 59 min
    R4 Hogwarts and Kallipolis | Plato's Republic, book 4

    R4 Hogwarts and Kallipolis | Plato's Republic, book 4

    What do Plato's Republic, Sigmund Freud, and the Harry Potter saga have in common? Find out in this episode, which offers an exploration of book 4 of Plato's Republic and its many parallels in modern literature and psychology. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    38 Alexander the Great: Inherited Glory w/ Adrian Goldsworthy

    38 Alexander the Great: Inherited Glory w/ Adrian Goldsworthy

    Was Alexander the Great really that *great* on his own? Or did he owe much of his success to the work of his father Philip II of Macedonia? Joining us to discuss the matter is Adrian Goldsworthy, military historian and author of the new book Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors.
    A video version of this episode is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/zZwyvimmX3k
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

SuusieM ,

Thorough analysis from outstanding academics

What a treat to have access to such knowledgeable academics who are leaders in their fields, analysing primary sources and discussing their research. In the podcast, there is a focus on how everyday life was lived in antiquity and comparisons with today’s society make compelling listening. Thanks so much for sharing such a wealth of knowledge.

plantagenious ,

Interesting and informative

Great podcast, this is easy to listen to, most episodes seem to go quickly. Despite having read about Greece most of my adult life, always nice to get fresh perspectives usually from authors of recent books being interviewed.

Quemadura6 ,

10/10

Superb narrative geared towards attracting & retaining audiences unfamiliar with the ancient world. Highly addictive & compelling.

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