Pandemics, violent eruptions, city sackings, egomaniac emperors. Sound familiar? History always repeats itself. Archaeologist host Darius Arya Digs goes back 2000 years to uncover elements of Ancient Rome & its expansive Empire. On location from the back streets of Rome to the bazaar of Cairo, from the Agora of Athens to the Medina of Tunis, and from the Vatican Museums to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace of Split. Episodes drop each Monday!
Diocletian's palace in Split, Croatia, from above and below
Diocletian is the third century emperor that brought the Empire back from the brink of collapse. After generations of uncertainly, his will, administration, military prowess and ruthless drive established a new period of calm that rippled through the Roman empire. Just consider the tetrarchy ruling system, new management of provinces, Edict of Prices, and Great (Christian) Persecution! And when it was all said and done he retired in his bespoke fortified villa that became the core of the later town of Split, Croatia. So richly preserved that it is a noted UNESCO site and also the location for many a scene in Game of Thrones. Walk the streets of this historic site and explore the archaeology, art, and ancient history beneath with Darius on his recent visit!
Games of Thrones season 8 / Dubrovnik exploration with Ivan Vuković
Season 8 of Game of Thrones is upon us! So Darius travels to King's Landing & the real-life grandeur of Dubrovnik. Darius explores Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep on GOT), walks along the city's 2km walls, looking for Cersei. Luckily, local guide & GOT expert Ivan Vuković of Dubrovnik-tourist-guides.com reveals the city's history and tons of insider knowledge on GOT8. They also discuss overtourism that threatens the city more than Daenerys' dragons! Adriaticluxuryhotels.com made the stay in ancient Ragusa even more amazing!
Ides of March: walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar in Rome on his last day!
The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of history's most famous murders in history. Darius talks with author and historian Barry Strauss, who has written the definitive book on Caesar's last days. Darius also walks in real time from Julius Caesar's house (Domus Publica) in the Forum past all of the famed archaeological sites of Ancient Rome to the location of his assassination in the Curia of Pompey, part of the modern archaeological site of Largo Argentina. You've never experienced the Ides of March like this!
Ten! Ten Emperors with Barry Strauss
Who were the most important emperors in ancient Rome, for better and for worse? There are so many to choose from- and Darius explores Rome's best and worst rulers with author Professor Barry Strauss on the launch of his newest book: 10 Caesars! So let's explore from Augustus to Constantine, and Darius always has an eye on the emperors' impact on Rome itself.
Green gold- dipping into the world class olive oil of Italy
Who doesn't like olive oil? It's an essential component of the (once again wildly popular) Mediterranean diet. So, it's high time to really learn the ins and outs of what defines "excellent" olive oil. Darius turns to a world class expert, Johnny Madge (johnnymadge.com), who lives in the Sabina region (and is a frequent visitor to Rome). He is a true olive oil expert and world traveling judge of olive oils from Italy to Japan! So sit back and soak up his words of wisdom that will resonate with you wherever you are in the world, on your next trip to the store in search of the good stuff for your recipes!
Let's make some ancient chocolate in Modica, Sicily! Step into the kitchen of Antica Dolceria Bonajuto!
Darius travels to southeast Sicily, to the late Baroque city Modica, to explore the legendary home of Italy's best chocolate. There is no better place than Antica Dolceria Bonajuto to learn about why chocolate found its home here. Darius enters the kitchen with Pierpaolo Bonajuto (his family has been making chocolate here since 1880- 6 generations) and discusses tradition and evolution. You'll fantasize about the food (chocolate, cannoli and more) for the whole week. So dig in and put Modica on your next Sicily trip!
The Mediterranean in your pocket
Travel: In Situ is a wonderful way to learn more about the wonders and culture of Italy and the Mediterranean. Darius has a great style and approach to the various personalities and environments that he is experiencing. The result is that your learn and also connect the topics to your life wherever you are.
Next best thing to being there
The podcast is a great way to bridge modern Italy & it’s history. Through modern sounds & narration we understand not just modern life & culture but are transported back in time. You hear the modern market & vendors bringing the past vividly to life. With the expertise of Darius we get a full picture of where & how these places came to be & why they’re still relevant today. Well worth the time.
If you can’t be in Roma...
We can’t always be in Rome (not everyone is so lucky) so the next best thing is to listen to Darius Arya’s great podcast series. You’ll get a feel of today’s Rome with all the interesting ancient history needed for perspective. Listen, enjoy and subscribe!