97 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 141 Ratings

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.

    Blood and Ivy (Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Books 25-48)

    Blood and Ivy (Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Books 25-48)

    The Dionysiaca, Part 2 of 2. The last surviving Greek epic of antiquity draws to a close with Dionysus fighting wars far to the east, in India.

    Episode 96 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-97-quiz

    Episode 96 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-097-blood-and-ivy

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 32 min
    Episode 96: The Last Pagan Epic (Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Books 1-24)

    Episode 96: The Last Pagan Epic (Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Books 1-24)

    The last epic from Greco-Roman antiquity that survives in full, Nonnus’ fifth-century Dionysiaca tells of the wine god Dionysus’ journey eastward, to India.

    Episode 96 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-96-quiz

    Episode 96 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-096-the-last-pagan-epic

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 13 min
    Episode 95: Rutilius Namatianus

    Episode 95: Rutilius Namatianus

    In 417 CE, the Roman poet Rutilius Namatianus journeyed from Rome back to his homeland of Gaul, not knowing whether there was a home to return to.

    Episode 95 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-95-quiz

    Episode 95 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-095-rutilius-namatianus

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Episode 94: Ausonius

    Episode 94: Ausonius

    One of the later Latin poets of the Empire, Ausonius’ expansive body of work gives us a window into the changing world of fourth-century Roman culture.

    Episode 94 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-94-quiz

    Episode 94 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-094-ausonius

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 93: Severus' Life of Saint Martin

    Episode 93: Severus' Life of Saint Martin

    Sulpicius Severus’ (c. 363-425) life of St. Martin is one of the great hagiographies – a portrait of a timeless saint, but also of a human being and working bishop.

    Episode 93 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-93-quiz

    Episode 93 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-093-severus-life-of-saint-martin

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 92: Athanasius' Life of Antony

    Episode 92: Athanasius' Life of Antony

    Athanasius (c. 297-373) wrote a wildly popular biography of the desert hermit St. Antony, touting the ideals of asceticism and triumph over demonic temptation.

    Episode 92 Quiz:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-92-quiz

    Episode 92 Transcription:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-092-athanasius-life-of-antony

    Bonus Content:
    https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content

    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

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Wonderful. Unique and thorough; very occasionally perfect.

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Wish I could give more stars..

The whole thing is brilliantly put together. Doug really knows how to help information stick..

The Trojan war song had me in stitches..

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Genius

Forty episodes in, loving every one. Educational and entertaining - an amazing amount of content. A big thank you Doug.

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