18 episodes

A podcast on Ancient Rome and its
influence on modern culture.

Ancient Rome Refocused Rob Cain

    • History

A podcast on Ancient Rome and its
influence on modern culture.

    Growing Up! Cleopatra

    Growing Up! Cleopatra

    On this episode is an interview with author and educator Vicky Alvear Shecter. She wrote the book Cleopatra's Moon, a tale of Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Included is a reading by Nancy who provides us the voice of Selene who witnessed the Donations of Alexandria, where Antony distributed Roman lands to his children and Queen Cleopatra. As you can guess this did not go over well in Rome, and led to the battle of Actium. .

    • 48 min
    Tragedy Aint for Sissies

    Tragedy Aint for Sissies

    An interview with Natalie Haynes. She has written the book THE FURIES. The plot has a drama therapist trying to teach ancient Greek Classics to a class of hard luck students. As you may guess, tragedy follows. Ms Haynes talks to us about the ancient tragedies, and her writing process. There is also the music of Jim Malcolm who sings his piece THE FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH, and we have the music of Michael Travlos (composer) and Iwona Travlos (flutist) mixed with an interpretive piece about the ancient gods of Rome and Greece.

    • 43 min
    Ancient Rome Refocused is back on the Air

    Ancient Rome Refocused is back on the Air

    This is Season Three, Episode 15. This placeholder gives you sneak peeks into three upcoming episodes that will be posted on line of new shows that are to come. Natalie Haynes, will speak on Greek Tragedy. Vicky Alvear Schector on her book Cleopatra's Moon. And Arthur Phillips on his book, The Egyptologist, a truly mysterious protagonist that looks into the ancient world of the Egyptians. STAY WITH US! ANCIENT ROME REFOCUSED IS BACK IN PRODUCTION.

    • 14 min
    "It's Good to be Queen."

    "It's Good to be Queen."

    Zenobia, an original musical written by Bolingbrook’s Lorrisa Julianus and composed by Angela Salvaggione of Joliet. Rob interviews Lorrisa who played the lead and Craig Engel, the director.

    This production premiered at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.

    The show, which starred Julianus as the title character, is based on the real life of the warrior Queen of Palmyra (a metropolitan oasis in ancient Syria). In the story, a slave girl, torn between her vigilante master and the prince of Syria, is catapulted to royalty and threatens Rome’s terrifying emperor—her unknowing father.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    "My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio."

    "My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio."

    Rob Cain interviews James Erwin the author of a story on REDIT that was purchased by a movie company. He also brings in Gunny Sergeant (Retired) "Red" Millis [a real Marine, of course...) as a subject matter expert (SME). Both men address the burning question, "Can a MEU bring down the Roman Empire?"

    "Red" tells us about the CLASH OF IRON experience. This is an immersion history into the life of a Roman soldier or Celt. Want to know what is it like? LIVE IT!

    Also featured are the voice talents of Roy Kelly who provides voice over talent to Erwin's ROME SWEET ROME.

    He can be reached at facebook.com/KellyCommaRoy

    • 1 hr 5 min
    "Venus and Imaginative Archaeology"

    "Venus and Imaginative Archaeology"

    In the opening dramatic narrative we follow a statue of Venus as it moves through time. The voice of Venus is provided by the talented Nancy Cain. We then explore alternate histories of Ancient Rome with the host and creator of Twilight Histories - Jordan Harbour. Then the show concludes with a book review of "A Guide to Archaeological Field Methods" with commentary by the archaeologist and historian William Glover.

    • 1 hr 41 min

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