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Join host Dr. Chelsea Gardner and co-hosts Dr. Carolyn Laferièrre and Dr. Melissa Funke for a journey through under-explored aspects of archaeology, history, and everyday life in the ancient Mediterranean. Every week we feature an expert whose cutting-edge research sheds light on the real people who lived in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @peoplingthepast with the #peoplingpodcast, on Instagram and Facebook @peoplingthepast, and on our website peoplingthepast.com.

Peopling the Past Chelsea A.M. Gardner, Carolyn Laferrière, Melissa Funke

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Join host Dr. Chelsea Gardner and co-hosts Dr. Carolyn Laferièrre and Dr. Melissa Funke for a journey through under-explored aspects of archaeology, history, and everyday life in the ancient Mediterranean. Every week we feature an expert whose cutting-edge research sheds light on the real people who lived in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @peoplingthepast with the #peoplingpodcast, on Instagram and Facebook @peoplingthepast, and on our website peoplingthepast.com.

    Portrait of a Lady: Discovering Seianti with Judith Swaddling

    Portrait of a Lady: Discovering Seianti with Judith Swaddling

    Countless faces of real people survive in ancient portraiture, but how often do we know their names, or anything about their lives? In this episode, Dr. Judith Swaddling joins Melissa and Chelsea to talk about Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa, an Etruscan woman who lived over 2000 years ago in Italy. Seianti is an incredible person to get to know, since we have a full-sized portrait of her lying atop her sarcophagus, as well as the physical remains of her skeleton. Listen in as Dr. Swaddling reveals the layers of Seianti's past and discusses the limits to how much we can actually know about any one person from the ancient Mediterranean world.

    • 30 min
    Nevertheless, She Persisted: Boudicca and Imperial Resistance with Caitlin Gillespie

    Nevertheless, She Persisted: Boudicca and Imperial Resistance with Caitlin Gillespie

    What can we say about Boudicca, one of the most famous women from the ancient world? Who was she, and was she even real? Why is she still so important to us today?  Listen in as Dr. Caitlin Gillespie joins Chelsea and Melissa to discuss what we (think we) know about this powerful resistance fighter and how her actions against the imperial Roman army still resonate with modern women in the 21st century.

    • 32 min
    Sisters are Doing it for Themselves: Mesopotamian Free Women with Stephanie Budin

    Sisters are Doing it for Themselves: Mesopotamian Free Women with Stephanie Budin

    What does it mean to be a "free woman" in the ancient Mediterranean world? Listen in as our guest, Dr. Stephanie Budin, joins Chelsea and Melissa to discuss women who lived outside of the traditional confines of the patriarchy and who were not under the direct control of a man. Dr. Budin, a historian and expert in ancient religion and sexuality, tells us about "harimatu" in ancient Mesopotamia and refutes the idea that these free women were prostitutes. This episode has it all: sex, gender-bending legal documents, and the dismantling of patriarchal assumptions about women's freedom and the origins of prostitution.

    • 35 min
    Call the (Roman) Midwife: Ancient Delivery and Childbirth with Tara Mulder

    Call the (Roman) Midwife: Ancient Delivery and Childbirth with Tara Mulder

    In today's episode, our featured guest Dr. Tara Mulder tells us all about the oldest profession in the world: midwifery! Listen in on a discussion between Dr. Mulder and hosts Dr. Chelsea Gardner and Dr. Melissa Funke that covers the sights, sounds, smells, and experiences of childbirth in ancient Rome, from the perspective of professional midwives. We look at a gravestone of a known midwife and talk about training and approaches to the birthing process. Dr. Mulder brings a unique perspective to the conversation, as she herself the daughter of a professional midwife! Don't miss it, this is an episode that definitely delivers!

    • 30 min
    So Long as There is Hope: Wonder Women in Classics and Comics with Natalie Swain

    So Long as There is Hope: Wonder Women in Classics and Comics with Natalie Swain

    Welcome to the first ever LIVE episode of Peopling the Past! Join our featured expert, Dr. Natalie Swain, and hosts Drs. Chelsea Gardner and Melissa Funke, for the premiere of our season on Women in the Ancient Mediterranean. Dr. Swain is an expert on the reception of Classics in modern comics and during this episode we discuss how ancient women, both real and mythological, figure into comics of the 20th and 21st centuries.  You will hear about well-known favourites like Wonder Woman, but you'll also have a chance to learn about newer comics, like Lore Olympus, Nubia, and Three. Together, we chat about how some awesome new re-tellings of ancient stories by more diverse authors are changing the landscape of traditional comics. 
    A special thanks to our audience, the students at the University of Winnipeg, for listening in and taking part in the live Q&A you'll hear at the end of the episode! It's a truly WONDERful time!

    • 33 min
    Season Three Trailer!

    Season Three Trailer!

    Peopling the Past Podcast is BACK for a third season on a very exciting topic: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean!
    Join your hosts Dr. Chelsea Gardner and Dr. Melissa Funke for an introduction to SEASON THREE of the Peopling the Past podcast!
    This season, listeners will hear about real women from all over the ancient Mediterranean world, from Britain to Nubia, Italy to Cyprus, Greece to Mesopotamia, and more! Let us take you on a journey into the lives of all kinds of women, from the most famous (yes, we've got Cleopatra and Boudicca!) to those whose names are lost forever to history. We've got something for everyone: inscriptions, medical texts, osteoarchaeology (bones); Macedonians, Etruscans, the Iceni; pleasure (sex), pain (childbirth), and comics!
    Follow us on our website, https://peoplingthepast.com, on Twitter and Instagram @peoplingthepast and on our Facebook page Peopling the Past. Tag us with #peoplingpodcast. It's going to be a great summer, so make sure to subscribe now!

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Aethelstan972 ,

The modesty of real expertise

The discussions of sources and their limitations makes everything more interesting.

MSC_digs ,

Great ancient podcast!

Loving season 1 on Ancient Greece and can’t wait to hear more about Ancient Rome in season 2!

Kate Topper ,

The best Ancient Mediterranean podcast I’ve heard

This is the best Ancient Med (“Classics”) podcast I’ve heard. The topics are fascinating and original, and it strikes just the right balance between expertise and accessibility. I really appreciate the emphasis on art and material culture, something that isn’t always a given in ancient world podcasts. The interviews with Radloff and Stager are especially excellent, although I haven’t listened to a bad one yet. My thanks to everyone involved with this wonderful project!

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