28 episodes

Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Carrying on from season 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, season 2 invites new friends to Two Friends. Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Carrying on from season 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, season 2 invites new friends to Two Friends. Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

    Multilingualism in Republican Italy

    Multilingualism in Republican Italy

    Drawing the year to a close, this week, Zofia is joined by historian Dr Rory Nutter. Together we discuss the linguistic changes that took place in the Italian peninsula over the 4th- 3rd centuries BCE as Latin speakers interacted with the mosaic of languages spoken in the region, and the importance of looking at the materiality of objects when reading inscriptions.
    Tangents include awkward linguistic encounters, Aeclanum field school, and visiting Ostia Antica.
    The show will be going on hiatus until February, so until then, thank you so much for tuning to Two Friends Talk History!

    You can follow Dr Nutter on Twitter @Rory_Nutter.

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    Music by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
    Image credits: cover illustration by Zofia Guertin
    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 

    • 44 min
    Vampires in Antiquity

    Vampires in Antiquity

    In this weeks' episode, Zofia is joined by classical scholar and vampire fang-atic, doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Ambra Ghiringhelli. 
    Getting to the heart of the vampires in antiquity and in the archaeological record, we shine light in the darkest of spooky places where these immortal bloodsuckers have haunted our imaginations and cemeteries alike. 
    We hope you enjoy the final interview of a three-part journey into monsters that went bump in the night and how they remain relevant in the modern world. 
     
     Tangents include the medieval village of Wharram Percy, the plague, Supernatural, and young adult vampire stories.
    If you would like to hear more from Ambra, you can follow her on Twitter @AmbraAllison
    Bibliography and further reading recommendations include 
     Beresford, M. (2008). From Demons to Dracula: The Creation of the Modern Vampire Myth. Reaktion Books, Ltd. Butler, E. (2013). The rise of the vampire. Reaktion Books Ltd. http://www.doublexscience.com/2012/07/vampire-of-venice-returns-or-what-is.html Barber, P. (2010). Vampires, Burial, and Death Folklore and Reality. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. Gardeła, L. (2020-01-07). Atypical Burials in Early Medieval Poland: A Critical Overview. In The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials. University Press of Florida.Find us on Instagram
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    Music by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
    Image credits: cover illustration by Zofia Guertin
    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Witches in the Classical World

    Witches in the Classical World

    In this episode, Zofia is joined again by Latinist and researcher of ancient magic, Celeste De Blois, a Classics doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh.
    Celeste returns to the pod to discuss witches in Greek mythology, Homeric stories, and Roman elegies.
    Click here to read the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, discussed in the episode. 
     
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    Music by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
    Image credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. 
    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 

    • 49 min
    Teen Wolf and Werewolves in Antiquity

    Teen Wolf and Werewolves in Antiquity

    In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and Late Antique period specialist Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez, currently a PDRA in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics "Impact of the Ancient City" ERC Project, to discuss his new article and foray into Classical Reception Studies, who looked at naughties tv Teen Wolf reboot and how it uses Classical mythology, language and bodies to present an updated version of the werewolf. 
    Tangents include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Riverdale, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Supernatural, Ancient Greek Werewolf pottery and rituals!
     
     To find out more from the talented Dr Martínez Jiménez please check out his Academia page, and for his new book, Aqueducts and Urbanism in Post-Roman Hispania (2019), can be found at all good booksellers - and  Amazon. His upcoming publication about Teen Wolf will be available early 2022 in the New Voices in Classical Studies Journal of Reception Studies from the Open University.

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    Music by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
    Image credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. 
    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 

    • 38 min
    Rollin' Down Roman Rivers

    Rollin' Down Roman Rivers

    In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and University of Edinburgh PhD candidate, James R. Page! James shares his insights into how Romans dealt with the changing and often dangerous environment of river transportation, and how local resilience and adaptation changed landscapes in their pursuit of water management!
    I hope you enjoy the episode!
    If you would like to find out more about James' work, you can find him on his Academia.edu page and check out the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project's Vacone Villa that he has been working on!
    Image credits: cover illustration, map and photos by Zofia Guertin.
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    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
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    • 48 min
    The Globalised Mediterranean

    The Globalised Mediterranean

    This week, Zofia is  joined by archaeologist and outdoor adventure entrepreneur, Dr Meg Currie-Moodie. Meg and I talk about the globalised Mediterranean in antiquity, and what it meant to have shared visual language - a visual koine.
    We discuss large-scale material culture which employs globalised artistic elements - the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania built Juba II called Kubr-er-Rumia in Arabic - and a small-scale devotional statuette found in Egypt of Horus dressed as a Roman emperor!

    For more information on the statue of Horus, you can find a fascinating article that discusses it and the recreated colouring here.

    Meg is also the Co-Founder of Beneath Your Feet Adventures where she now combines outdoor education with archaeological expertise!
    You can follow Meg on Facebook or Instagram at Beneath Your Feet Adventures.

    Image credits: cover illustration by Zofia Guertin.
    Photo of Horus statuette: the British Museum
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    Music by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
    Image credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. 
    If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Spooked of Northumberland ,

Great stuff

This is a really great podcast. Liam and Zofia pick great topics each week and make really make history informative, interesting and fun!

Guinnesssssss ,

Great fun

Very interesting and deep-cut subject matter, and the interaction between Zofia and Liam is wonderful!

Jaxback ,

Best podcast

Fantastic podcast. Relaxing, humorous and well-informed. If you have an interest in history or you fancy learning about some famous (or infamous) historical figures, this is the podcast to listen to.

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