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    Interview: Alexander the Great in Ancient Art & Literature w/ Meg Finlayson

    Interview: Alexander the Great in Ancient Art & Literature w/ Meg Finlayson

    Alexander the Great is easily one of the most popular subjects for writers and artists throughout antiquity. In addition to the many biographies that present wildly different views on the man, there are a dazzling number of depictions of the conqueror in coinage, statues, and various other works of art. Joining us is Meg Finlayson who discusses her research on the image and legacy of Alexander, breaking down the historiography of writers like Plutarch and Arrian while also extensively analyzing pieces such as the so-called "Alexander Sarcophagus".

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    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2021/01/22/interview-alexander-the-great-in-ancient-art-literature-w-meg-finlayson/)

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    • 56 min
    056: The Seleucid Empire - A Royal Wedding, A Bactrian Revolt, & A Parthian Invasion

    056: The Seleucid Empire - A Royal Wedding, A Bactrian Revolt, & A Parthian Invasion

    The relatively brief reign of Antiochus II Theos is noted for his conflict with Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his controversial marriage with Berenice Phernophoros (“the dowry-bringer”). But the true focus of this episode is the convoluted yet critically important events that took place in the eastern satrapies of Parthia and Bactria. The rebellions of governors-turned-kings like Andragoras and Diodotus was followed by an invasion of steppe peoples known as the Parni, led by their king Arsaces, which led to the creation of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom and the Parthian Empire.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 30 min
    Interview: On the Army of Ptolemaic Egypt w/ Dr. Paul Johstono

    Interview: On the Army of Ptolemaic Egypt w/ Dr. Paul Johstono

    Though the longest-lived and most wealthy of the Hellenistic "Big 3", the Ptolemaic rulers in Egypt have never really held the distinction as a major military player in the violent struggles of the Hellenistic period, instead often seen as decadent and lazy as per the writings of those like Polybius. Dr. Paul Johstono joins us to discuss his new book “The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt, 323-204 BC: An Institutional and Operational History”, which seeks to challenge this claim and reassert the role of the Ptolemaic kingdom as a significant military force in the Mediterranean, capable of meeting the demands of maintaining a large land and sea empire amidst powerful rivals and often inhospitable environments.

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    • 42 min
    055: The Seleucid Empire - Syrian Nights, Macedonian Dreams

    055: The Seleucid Empire - Syrian Nights, Macedonian Dreams

    As the most prolific of city-founders, the Seleucids sought to dramatically reshape the lands of the Near East and most especially North Syria, which would become the dynasty's new imperial heartland and something of a stand-in for their ancestral homeland of Macedonia. We will cover the creation of these sites, but we'll also assess the impact of Seleucid rule and the response to Greek culture from the vast number of peoples of the empire, whether the native inhabitants of Babylonia and Jerusalem or the thousands of immigrant Greeks who now called these lands home.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 36 min
    Interview: On the Illyrian Wars w/ Dr. Christopher Gribbin

    Interview: On the Illyrian Wars w/ Dr. Christopher Gribbin

    The 1st and 2nd Illyrian Wars, fought between the Roman Republic and the peoples of Illyria (approximately modern Albania to Croatia) in 229-228 and 220-219 BC respectively, are often neglected in favor of the more famous 2nd Punic War. The conflicts with Teuta, the "Pirate Queen" of the Ardiaei, and the unscrupulous Demetrius of Pharos marked the first (and certainly not the last) time Roman legions marched upon Greek soil. Dr. Christopher Gribbin joins us to discuss the wars in greater detail, and emphasizes their role in sending the Roman Republic onto a collision course with the rest of the Hellenistic world.

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    • 43 min
    054: The Seleucid Empire - Kingship & Governance in the Arche Seleukia

    054: The Seleucid Empire - Kingship & Governance in the Arche Seleukia

    To rule over the largest and most diverse empire of the Hellenistic realms, the Seleucids needed to deal with serious logistical and administrative challenges. The identity of the Seleucid kings can be viewed through either a Macedonian-Greek, Near-Eastern, or Iranian lens. Its administrative system of satrapies and local power holders were kept in check by the peripatetic movement of the king and his court, on a never-ending journey to impose order on an unyielding political and cultural landscape. The Seleucid dynasty would even challenge the nature of time itself by instituting the revolutionary "Seleucid Era" model, which continues to influence down to the present day.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 33 min

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Geo-1997 ,

Great podcast

Love the podcast! Have you considered doing the Greco-Bactrian or Indo-Greek kingdoms? Think those would be great topics to add to the Hellenistic age!

CaptainLatino ,

Cool podcast

Very interesting time period to choose. Keep it up

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