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

Ancient Rome Refocused Rob Cain

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    • 4.3 • 74 Ratings

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

    Down and Out in Ancient Rome

    Down and Out in Ancient Rome

    Episode 31 (S6) Down and Out in Ancient Rome features the dramatic narrative DOWN AND OUT IN ANCIENT Rome. This story takes you into the backstreets of ancient Rome. Tristan is the writer and producer for The Story Engine Podcast and Twilight Histories. Intro: 0-2:48Rob talks about the hit TV show LOKI: 2:54 - 10:45Matthew Leigh Embleton gives a lecture on Runes and the early Roman Alphabet: 10:46 - 14:00DOWN AND OUT IN ANCIENT ROME by Tristan Verboven: 14:40 - 33;10Ending: 33:11 - 33:39

    • 33 min
    Seikilos Epitaph (Live Performance)

    Seikilos Epitaph (Live Performance)

    Bonus Material for Episode 30.Intro Narration by David DenyerWikipediaThe Seikilos epitaph is the oldest surviving complete musical composition (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_composition), including musical notation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_notation), from anywhere in the world. The epitaph (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitaph) has been variously dated, but seems to be either from the 1st or the 2nd century CE. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_notation#Ancient_Greece), was found engraved on a tombstone (a stele (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stele)) from the Hellenistic town of Tralles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tralles_(diocese)) near present-day Aydın (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayd%C4%B1n), Turkey, not far from Ephesus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephesus). It is a Hellenistic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenistic_period) Ionic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionia) song in either the Phrygian (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_(music)#Greek_scales) octave species (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octave_species) or Iastian tonos (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_system_of_ancient_Greece#Ionian_(Iastian)). While older music with notation exists (for example the Hurrian songs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrian_songs)), all of it is in fragments; the Seikilos epitaph is unique in that it is a complete, though short, composition.[1]

    • 10 min
    Episode 30 (S6)

    Episode 30 (S6)

    A mix of music provided by London composer David Denyer.Agave was performed and sung by Charlotte Holtum ("Give me Strength")Dionysus was performed and sung by Pavlos Christodoulou Singing Bacchae were Alisha Iyer, Faidra Faitaki, Polyanna Cohen ("The Divine Will", "What is Wisdom?"). 

    • 6 min
    Unsettling Music on the Jubilee

    Unsettling Music on the Jubilee

    Episode 30 (S6) - Rob interviews David Denyer, composer and musician out of London.The show is titled: Unsettling Music on the Jubilee. I was fortunate to interview the composer and musician David Denyer. I focused in on him due to his composition of music for a production of the Bacchae by the Athenian playwright Euripides. He also composed for a mini-opera about Ancient Troy in coordination of Collide Theater out of London. The dates of the production was a few years ago, but being that music is timeless, I could not resist focusing in on his antiquity compositions (a title I just came up with considering the ancient world is my interest). David is a multi-award winning composer and a graduate of the Royal College of music. He is prolific in the experimental and fringe theater scenes in London. He is the co-founder of the newly established Quiet Tyrant Record Label. David's has worked in theater and film, providing scores to enhance the action.  Episode 30 explores his process for composing, and how the violin, his primary instrument affects his pieces – consider most composers use the piano.From his apartment in the Kilburn area of London, David takes us through the differences of composing for film and theater – each with their own special needs and requirements. Check out David's BONUS MATERIAL.

    • 50 min


    The primary discussion is on her paper: PΩΜΑΙΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ≠ ROMAN OCCUPATION: (MIS)PERCEPTIONS OF THE ROMAN PERIOD IN GREECE. A line from the paper sums up the direction of her research: "…very little has been written about modern perceptions of this period."This paper is available on Academia.edu.This is a fun and interesting discussion with an outstanding educator. The podcast includes the following topics:* What do modern Greeks think of their history after Actium?* Was it really that bad to live under the Romans?* As a Greek speaker Ms.Kouremenos provides an Ancient Greek and Modern Greek comparison.* Did the Europeans demonize the Romans in 18th Century writings?* Do our modern perspectives color the way we see history itself?

    • 31 min
    Boris Johnson vs. Mary Beard

    Boris Johnson vs. Mary Beard

    Anna Kouremenos (lecturer at Quinnipiac University) and Rob Cain discuss a debate between Boris Johnson, Mayor of London (at the time), and Mary Beard, noted Classicist, when they took on each other in a debate forum to decide what culture was better: the Romans or the Greeks? Ms. Kouremenos as a Greek Historical academic provides a courtside analysis.Listeners are recommended to see the full debate which is offered on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k448JqQyj8&t=640sThe full debate is titled: Greece vs Rome, with Boris Johnson and Mary BeardAnna said, "I watched it twice." 

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Tacitus9 ,

Very well done!

Some episodes are hit or miss, but overall Rob Cain does a great job of presenting Roman history in a very immersive and thought-proviking fashion. I like the show, but some of the subject matter, especially in later episodes, has been a little bit less exciting. Hopefully it’s not in a decline like Rome’s, and will resurge in all its glory!

elsevier ,

Love this cast

I really really wish this cast was still up. I always go back and listen to old ones. I cannot get enough. I guess life got in the way for Rob Cain. Its a shame. Miss his voice. I get stoned and wonder what the dude is doing now.?

strider_ramses ,

Excellent overall

I recently subscribed and listened to all ten of the episodes available on iTunes. Overall they have been highly entertaining, though if you're already a Roman history buff you won't be learning much that you didn't already know. That being said I found the dramatic narratives at the beginning to be riveting and the interviews keep my interest throughout.

Two small complaints however. First, please ditch the several minute long musical interludes as (for me anyway) they are highly annoying. You don't need to have an intermission, it isn't a live broadcast and I end up fast forwarding to the rest of the show. Second, if you're going to do a non ancient Rome narrative at the beginning please say so. I kept waiting for the ancient Rome connection (and sorry, the 'chick lit' didn't count, despite tossing in Virgil) and was wondering when he'd get to the point. If not for those I would rate five stars so take it as constructive feedback from a single listener and judge accordingly.

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