9 episodes

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.

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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.

    Sanctuaries in ancient Greece

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Mercenaries in the ancient world

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Networks in the ancient Mediterranean

    Networks in the ancient Mediterranean

    Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers are joined by special guest Dr Lieve Donnellan of Aarhus University to talk about networks and interconnectivity in the ancient Mediterranean. The discussion is prompted by our reading of Cyprian Broodbank’s monumental work, The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World, published in 2013 by Thames & Hudson.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    History of Carthage, part 1

    History of Carthage, part 1

    This is the first instalment of a series that deals with the history of Carthage. Joshua Hall talks with Josho Brouwers about Phoenicia, the Phoenicians (whoever they might be), and colonization in the Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. We also touch upon the differences between territorial states and city-states in the Levant, and how the Phoenician cities interacted with their neighbours.

    • 29 min
    Virgil's Aeneid

    Virgil's Aeneid

    We've been writing a lot about the Trojan War on Ancient World Magazine and also devoted an earlier episode of the podcast to chat about the 2004-movie Troy. Virgil's Aeneid is a useful topic of discussion, since it connects the world of Greek mythology with that of Roman legend, and also connects myth to history. Virgil (70–19 BC) consciously modelled the Aeneid after the two Homeric epics, Iliad and Odyssey.

    • 57 min
    Modern approaches to ancient Egypt

    Modern approaches to ancient Egypt

    In this fourth episode of the podcast, we try to show that ancient Egypt was every bit as dynamic as any other region of the world (ancient or modern), with plenty of change over time and a large amount of regional variation. Host Josho Brouwers is joined by two Italian researchers who are both writing their PhD theses at Leiden University, Renata Schiavo and Arianna Sacco.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

THAP Guy ,

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!

Planet and Sky ,

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.

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