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The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.

Ancient Greece Declassified Dr. Lantern Jack

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The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.

    38 Alexander the Great: Inherited Glory w/ Adrian Goldsworthy

    38 Alexander the Great: Inherited Glory w/ Adrian Goldsworthy

    Was Alexander the Great really that *great* on his own? Or did he owe much of his success to the work of his father Philip II of Macedonia? Joining us to discuss the matter is Adrian Goldsworthy, military historian and author of the new book Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors.
    A video version of this episode is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/zZwyvimmX3k
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    R3.5 Food for the Soul | Plato's Republic, book 3 w/ Angie Hobbs (pt. 2)

    R3.5 Food for the Soul | Plato's Republic, book 3 w/ Angie Hobbs (pt. 2)

    In the second half of book 3 of the Republic, Plato lays out the controversial theory of mimesis, which states that all art, man-made objects, and cultural products in our environment have profound effects on the health of our souls. 
    With us to help us unpack, analyze, and evaluate Plato’s arguments is, once again, Angie Hobbs, professor of the public understanding of philosophy at the University of Sheffield, England. 
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    • 41 min
    R3 Who Guards the Guardians? | Plato's Republic, book 3 w/ Angie Hobbs

    R3 Who Guards the Guardians? | Plato's Republic, book 3 w/ Angie Hobbs

    Following Socrates' claim that the ideal republic should be ruled by a class of "guardians," the question naturally arises: Who or what will keep these guardians in check? How do you prevent the government from becoming an unaccountable and oppressive regime?
    Our exploration of Plato's Republic continues, this time with Angie Hobbs, professor of the public understanding of philosophy at the University of Sheffield in England. She has written several books including Plato and the Hero, which touches on a lot of the topics we will be discussing today. Her latest book is a short guide to Plato’s Republic in the Ladybird Expert Series. Stay tuned at the end of this episode for a chance to win a copy of the book.
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    35 Stoic Duty: The Formula for Living Well

    35 Stoic Duty: The Formula for Living Well

    This episode is a crosscast in collaboration with the Classical Wisdom Speaks podcast. Anya Leonard, host of that pod and founder of classicalwisdom.com, interviews me about my new book The Invention of Duty: Stoicism as Deontology. 

    • 42 min
    R2.5 The Justice Loophole | Plato's Republic, book 2 w/ Rachel Barney

    R2.5 The Justice Loophole | Plato's Republic, book 2 w/ Rachel Barney

    Our exploration of Plato's Republic continues with this discussion of book 2 with philosopher Rachel Barney. Is the fear of God necessary for morality? How can you educate people so that they value and practice justice?
    Rachel Barney is professor of classics and ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto. She specializes in the work Plato and has spent many years analyzing and unraveling some of the key issues in the Republic.
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    Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation:
    Rachel Barney. “Ring-Composition in Plato: the Case of Republic X,” in M. McPherran (ed.), Cambridge Critical Guide to Plato’s Republic. Cambridge University Press, 2010, 32-51. (pdf)
    Jonathan Lear. "Inside and Outside The Republic," in Phronesis, 1992. vol. XXXVII/2 (pdf)

    • 54 min
    R2 All Men Would Be Tyrants | Plato's Republic, book 2

    R2 All Men Would Be Tyrants | Plato's Republic, book 2

    The third installment in our ongoing series on Plato's Republic. Use the following timestamps for easier navigation:
    2:40 Introduction to book 2
    11:35 Glaucon's speech in favor of injustice
    20:00 Adeimantus' speech on the weakness of pro-justice arguments
    26:30 Socrates reply; the city-soul analogy
    38:20 The education of the Guardians
    44:40 Analysis and conclusion
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    The intro to this episode was provided by Dominic Perry, host of the History of Egypt podcast.

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