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This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

Literature and History Doug Metzger

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This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

    Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

    Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

    Statius’ Thebaid, Books 1-6. This epic is hardly ever read or taught these days, but in 100 CE, it was as famous as anything in the Roman world.

    • 1 Std. 55 Min.
    Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

    Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

    Petronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life.

    • 2 Std
    Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

    Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

    Seneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study.

    • 1 Std. 34 Min.
    Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

    Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

    Seneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written.

    • 1 Std. 12 Min.
    Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

    Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

    Stoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament.

    • 1 Std. 34 Min.
    Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

    Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

    Seneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns.

    • 2 Std 6 Min.

Kundenrezensionen

EoltheDarkelf ,

Informative and Entertaining - Great

The combination of literature and historical background and context is excellent. Dougs voice is pleasant to listen to, his writing is great, the scholarship sound (as far as I can judge). Plus its entertaining and often enought funny without being silly. The sillyness is perserved for the little finishing song at the end of each episode, which is a nice touch but can be easily skipped if one does not like them. All in all, a great package - please keep it up!

de0fa ,

Beautiful, Joyful, Interesting and Informative

yup, that sums it up :) not necessary in this order

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