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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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    • 4.1 • 21 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.

    R0 Plato's Republic, or: How to Stop a Civil War

    R0 Plato's Republic, or: How to Stop a Civil War

    A foundational text in both ethics and political thought, the Republic was shaped by Plato's traumatic experiences as a young man witnessing civil war and the collapse of Athenian democracy. This is the first installment in an 11-part series on this classic work. 
    The episode has four parts, beginning at the following time-stamps:
    0:22 Introduction to the work and to the series
    8:50 Historical Background
    25:25 Contents and Structure of the Republic
    49:45 Conclusion: Irony and Foreboding
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    • 59 min
    30 Rome's Most Lethal Weapon w/ Steele Brand

    30 Rome's Most Lethal Weapon w/ Steele Brand

    Rome conquered the Mediterranean world without a professional army, relying instead on its citizens to take up arms when necessary. How did these part-time soldiers defeat all the great powers of the ancient Mediterranean?
    Our guest Steele Brand offers an original answer to this question in his new book Killing for the Republic: Citizen Soldiers and the Roman Way of War. Brand is professor of history at The King's College in New York City. His understanding of military matters is informed by his service in the US army as a tactical intelligence officer including a combat tour in Afghanistan.
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    Arthur Eckstein, Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome, University of California Press, 2007. (discussed at the 33:55 mark)
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    The intro to this episode was provided by Genn McMenemy and Jenny Williamson of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast, a show that offers wildly entertaining and well-researched journeys through the ancient world. Check it out at ancienthistoryfangirl.com

    • 55 min
    29 Penelope: Weaver of Fate w/ Olga Levaniouk

    29 Penelope: Weaver of Fate w/ Olga Levaniouk

    Penelope is one of the most compelling characters from ancient Greek mythology. And yet her intelligence and agency in Homer's Odyssey is seldom appreciated. Towards the end of the epic, Penelope comes face-to-face with Odysseus, who has finally returned home disguised as a beggar. After they exchange a few stories (with Odysseus still maintaining his disguise), Penelope sets in motion a chain of events that seals the fate of all the major characters in the story.
    Since antiquity people have debated whether Penelope realizes who this beggar is or not. Obviously, how you come down on that question is going to profoundly affect how you see her as a character. Is she naive and passive or is she discerning and cunning?
    Homeric scholar Olga Levaniouk has a unique take on this question and other aspects of Penelope's role. She joins us to illuminate the complexities of Penelope's character and mythological background. Levaniouk is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington in Seattle, and author of the book Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey 19.
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    Elizabeth Barber, Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with Special Reference to the Aegean, Princeton University Press, 1991. (discusses the shroud/tapestry Penelope weaves on pp. 258-9)
    Louise Pratt, “Odyssey 19.535-50: On the Interpretation of Dreams and Signs in Homer,” Classical Philology 89 (1994): 150-52. (argues that the 20 geese in Penelope's dream symbolize the twenty years she has waited for Odysseus)

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    28 Thucydides: A Historian for Our Time? w/ Emily Greenwood

    28 Thucydides: A Historian for Our Time? w/ Emily Greenwood

    The Athenian historian Thucydides observed and chronicled the greatest military conflict of his day: the epic contest between Athens and Sparta known as the Peloponnesian War (431-404BC). Much more than just a straightforward history, his work is a study of the struggle between democracy and oligarchy, as well as a meditation on the dangers of populism and political polarization. Perhaps for this reason, Thucydides' work has experienced a surge in popularity over recent years as polarization and civil strife have spread throughout the developed world.
    In this episode we are joined by Emily Greenwood, professor of classics at Yale University and author of Thucydides and the Shaping of History. Our conversation covers Thucydides' historical context, his ambition and purpose in writing his history, his insights and blindspots, and his relevance to our world.
    Stick around at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed edition of Thucydides and the Shaping of History.
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word, by Greg Crane (particularly Chapter 4: “Thucydidean Exclusions and the Language of Polis II: Oikos, Genos, and Polis”)
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    The intro to this episode was provided by Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Radford of The Partial Historians podcast. Dr. G and Dr. Rad both hold PhD's in Roman history and they offer a unique take on the Roman world that combines humor, storytelling, and scholarly rigor. Check out their pod at partialhistorians.com

    • 58 min
    27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

    27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

    What methods and institutions do oligarchic regimes use to maintain their power? How do they fend off the threat of democratic revolution? What happened to the many oligarchies of the ancient Mediterranean?
    All of these questions and more are explored in this second part of our conversation with historian Matt Simonton, author of Classical Greek Oligarchy.
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    Democracy: A Life, by Paul Cartledge

    • 40 min
    26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

    26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

    How do ancient oligarchies compare with modern authoritarian regimes? How did civil war in oligarchies differ from civil war in democracies? What does the age-old ideological struggle between democracy and oligarchy imply about our future? These are just a few of the questions we discuss on this and the next episode. 
    This episode covers: what oligarchy actually is, and how this political form arose in the first place. The next episode – Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis – is going to be about the institutions of oligarchic regimes, how they maintained their power, and how they tended to break down in the end.
    Joining us is ancient historian Matt Simonton of Arizona State University, author of the book Classical Greek Oligarchy, which won the Runciman Award in 2018. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed, hard-cover edition of Classical Greek Oligarchy.
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    The intro to this episode was provided by host Kate Armstrong of The Exploress Podcast, which time-travels through women’s history, era by era, to explore their lives and their world. Check it out on your favorite app or at: theexploresspodcast.com 
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    The First Democracies: Early Popular Government Outside Athens, by Eric W. Robinson
    Democracy Beyond Athens: Popular Government in the Greek Classical Age, by Eric W. Robinson

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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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