77 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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    • 4.7, 7 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.

    Episode 77: The Gospels

    Episode 77: The Gospels

    Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the heart of the New Testament. And today, historians and Biblical scholars know more about them than ever before.
    Episode 77 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-77-quiz
    Episode 77 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-077-the-gospels
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 40 min
    Episode 76: Judea Under Herod

    Episode 76: Judea Under Herod

    The Roman client king Herod (c. 73-4 BCE) ruled Judea for thirty years. Learn about his rule, and the political and religious climate of Judea just before the birth of Christ.
    Episode 76 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-76-quiz
    Episode 76 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-076-judea-under-herod
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 75: Dusk and Starlight

    Episode 75: Dusk and Starlight

    A retrospective on the material we’ve covered thus far as we head into Early Christianity and Late Antiquity, plus some announcements.
    Episode 75 Transcription: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-075-dusk-and-starlight
    Bonus Content: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Episode 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

    Episode 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

    Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations show an intelligent emperor coping with the realities of an empire buckling under its own weight.
    Episode 74 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-74-quiz
    Episode 74 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-074-marcus-aurelius
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

    Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

    Apuleius’ The Golden Ass is Ancient Rome’s only novel to survive in full – a strange, often disturbing fairytale that had a huge influence on posterity.
    Episode 73 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-73-quiz
    Episode 73 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-073-the-golden-ass
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 2 hrs 34 min
    Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

    Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

    Juvenal’s Satires, produced some time in the decades around 100 CE, mercilessly mock some of the more colorful aspects of Roman life.
    Episode 72 Quiz:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-72-quiz
    Episode 72 Transcription:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-072-bread-and-circuses
    Bonus Content:
    http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
    Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

richardAnthony ,

Well done!

Have only just discovered this podcast, really interesting and well presented. No religious, political or philosophical slant that I can see, very objective. Always tries to tie his subject down to some kind of empirical proof such as archaelogical evidence.

Interesting comparisons with later interpretations of the same material, all this served up with humour (humor to some)and topical songs.
Very enjoyable to listen to and very informative. Puts a big smile on my face as I walk in and out of work.
Richard Irwin, Cork, Ireland

WilliamQuill ,

Great journey through literature

Well told accounts of the stories that have lasted through the ages and why they did. Also includes accounts of scholarship on these works. Enjoys the humour and quirkiness of these tales.

Georginerd ,

Literature and History Podcast

Super interesting and cleverly told.
Great mix of knowledge and quirkiness. I love it !
XxGeorgina

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