Ancient World Magazine consists of a group of ancient historians and archaeologists who are passionate about the past. Our mission is to share engaging and well-researched information about the ancient world with our readers.
It’s been a while, but here’s finally a new episode of the Ancient World Magazine podcast. In this episode, Dr Joshua Hall talks with Dr Ulla Rajala (Stockholm University) about Early Rome, with special reference to a number of books that have recently been published on this topic.
Special guest Helena Meskanen joins the regular team of Matthew Lloyd, Joshua Hall, and Josho Brouwers to talk about museums, including some that are not strictly archaeological. We talk about our favourite museums, relate personal experiences when visiting them, and discuss what the role of archaeological museums should be. We also touch upon open air or “living history” museums.
Sculpture in the ancient Greek world, part 2
This episode picks up from where we left off last time by focusing on ancient Greek sculpture of the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Among other things, we devote quite a bit of time to talking about male and female nudity, and what this says about Classical and Hellenistic perceptions of the role of men and women in the ancient Greek world. We also talk about the sculpture of Etruria and Central Italy, and touch upon statuary from Magna Graecia.
Sculpture in the ancient Greek world, part 1
The team talk about sculpture in the ancient Greek world. There was a lot of ground to cover so we decided to spread it out across two episodes. In part 1, our focus is on the Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, and Archaic period, so down to ca. 500 BC. Part 2 will be uploaded in the next few days. That episode picks up where we leave off here by examining sculpture of the Classical age and beyond.
Sanctuaries in ancient Greece
Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about sanctuaries in ancient Greece. We define what a "sanctuary" is and what kind of sacred places there in the ancient Greek world. Sanctuaries are the focal point for religion, so we naturally also talk about priests and priestesses, festivals, and sacrifices. We also talk about the main elements of the typical sanctuary and pay particular attention to the altar.
Mercenaries in the ancient world
In this episode, Joshua Hall and Josho Brouwers are joined by experts Stephanie Craven and Hannah Ringheim to discuss mercenaries in the ancient world. This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Trundle. His scholarship had a significant impact on our discussion of mercenaries. The introduction and closing are handled by contributing editor Matthew Lloyd.
A scholarly approach to the ancient world
The content of the show is extremely interesting, though be warned if you walk in with zero familiarity with the subjects they talk about. The wide array of subjects and opinions keeps my interest up, but I wish there were more episodes. Keep up the great work!
Love this stuff!
I really love the intelligence, knowledge, and camraderie of the hosts of this podcast. As a layman with an intense interest in the ancient Mediterranean, the level of detail is just right. I also love the evident joy with which they treat their subject. Among my favorites was the discussion of the movie Troy because of the fun they had with it while respecting what the creators got right in terms of real historical background. It really helps to have read some Homer - especially, of course, the Iliad.