HITM uses character focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. We dive into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them. This is social evolution and biography wrapped in storytelling. This is History in the Making. HITM is currently in Season 1. Season 1 covers much of the classical age of Greece including the “invention” of democracy, the Persian Wars, politics of Pericles and Themistocles, the Golden Age, the Peloponnesian Wars, and much more.
Thank you all for listening over the years. The show will going dormant for a while but I hope we can continue our stories in the future. Feel free to stay in touch until then.
Living, Breathing History in Ancient Athens
Living, Breathing History in Ancient Athens is the talk I gave at the Sound Education conference in November 2018. Listen to it a audio only version of it right here.
28: Epilogue with Dr. John Hale
Today we welcome Dr. John Hale to the show, author of the book Lords of the Sea. It is a compelling look at the history of Athens, largely from the seat of a rower’s bench behind an oar. The New York Times has called Dr. Hale an intellectually series historian who knows how to tell war stories, and I couldn’t agree more. Of course, we spend a good bit of time inside the wooden walls of a trireme and we also spend some time with the various leaders of Athens. He also provides some salient comparison to the United States and how our democracy runs before giving us a preview of the new book he is working on! Find his book here at: https://www.amazon.com/Lords-Sea-Story-Athenian-Democracy/dp/B002WTC8R0.
27: Epilogue with Dr. Melissa Lane
Today we welcome Dr. Melissa Lane to the show, author of the book The Birth of Politics. Her book was the final straw in convincing me to start the show and centers around eight political ideas, what they meant to the Greek and Romans, and why they matter today. She provides some clarity to different Athenian institutions and I take advantage of her expertise to have her critique some of the thoughts I had while doing the show. We wrap up with a few question on how the story of Greece can change the way we live today. I think you will enjoy our conversation and if you want to learn more about Greece, Rome and about the foundation to the political ideas of today, then pick up her book: The Birth of Politics: https://www.amazon.com/Birth-Politics-Eight-Political-Matter/dp/0691173095.
Athens leaves us their legacy in the Season 1 finale. https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image\_feature\_1604.html
25: A Splendid Rope
The Peloponnesian War comes to a sudden and unexpected end. The defeated will face the fate the victor thinks it deserves. We witness both timid and brutal approaches to war and are forced to ask: Is there a difference between acting cruelly out of desperation versus cruelty as a matter of course? This episode covers approximately 405 B.C. – 404 B.C.
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Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. If history was presented more often this was in school maybe people would find it more interesting.
Rob does a good job of making what can sometimes feel stale and uninteresting, fun and inviting to listen to.
While the shows name makes me feel a certain connection between the present and the ancient past (in this respect, the connection of government, of our ideas of justice, our ideas of democracy, and the pitfalls of fleshing out those concepts into workable policies) and how I’d like to hear HOW those lessons have been adopted by our modern democracies, it tends to focus solely on the policies of the day.
But really this is just a slightly semantic and subjective preference. It is an excellent telling of these stories non-the-less.
HITM has answered so many questions I had about ancient Greece. This will be a show I’ll listen to more than once; phenomenal job and great presentation.