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Join us as we time travel back through history, exploring the lives and stories of ladies of the past, from the everyday to the extraordinary, imagining what it might have been like to be them.

The Exploress Podcast Kate J. Armstrong

    • History
    • 4.9 • 211 Ratings

Join us as we time travel back through history, exploring the lives and stories of ladies of the past, from the everyday to the extraordinary, imagining what it might have been like to be them.

    Shaping the Ladies: A Brief History of the Bra

    Shaping the Ladies: A Brief History of the Bra

    Love them or hate them, bras have always been with us in one form or another. They've squashed us down, lifted us up, and shaped our silhouettes, a constant part of our day to day. Let's take a trip through time to see how - and why - it changed and meet some of the women who shaped its evolution.

    • 28 min
    Augusta: The Imperial Ladies of Ancient Rome, Part II

    Augusta: The Imperial Ladies of Ancient Rome, Part II

    When we last left our Roman ladies, Octavia and Livia, their lives were changing fast. After all that bloodshed and drama, Octavian has finally been left as the last man standing in the fight for control over Rome. What happens now? Octavian becomes Augustus, Rome’s very first emperor, and the ladies become the imperial legends. Let's explore the extreme highs (and sometimes very low lows) of the women in his life.

    • 54 min
    Augusta: The First Ladies of Imperial Rome, Part I

    Augusta: The First Ladies of Imperial Rome, Part I

    Let's trace the paths of some of ancient Rome’s first imperial superstars: the wives, sisters, and daughters who rose with Octavian (later Augustus) to become Rome’s first family: Livia, Octavia, Julia, Messalina, both Agrippinas. In a time of great change, these women had to navigate both public love and hate. They had access to power in ways that few women had before them, but to grasp it was a delicate and dangerous game.

    • 49 min
    Arsinoë II, Queenmaker of Ptolemaic Egypt

    Arsinoë II, Queenmaker of Ptolemaic Egypt

    Cleopatra maneuvered her way through Egyptian, Greek, and Roman politics, defying the odds to keep the Ptolemaic dynasty going. But what of all the Cleopatras who came before her? In delving into Cleo’s life, I found a host of interesting women in the family that shaped her. But only one amongst them truly set the tone for the dynasty, creating a mold that had Ptolemaic women ruling not from behind their husbands, but beside them. Let’s dive into the wild and crazy ride that was her life.

    • 38 min
    Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Epilogue

    Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Epilogue

    Cleopatra died more than 2,000 years ago. And yet stop any person on the street today and ask them who she was, and they’ll know – at least her name. That name has been attached to soaps and bath balms to a popular brand of cigarettes. As an asteroid - 216 Kleopatra – the Egyptian queen has even made it to the stars. What is it about Cleopatra that has captured our imaginations for millennia? Why do we remember her the way we do? Let's travel through the years, exploring the shapes her legacy has take

    • 46 min
    Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Part III

    Cleopatra: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered, Part III

    When we last left Cleopatra, she was creeping out the back door of a chaotic Rome in the wake of Julius Caesar’s death. In some ways, she’s just as vulnerable as she was as a young exile. But Cleopatra is only now, a seasoned leader, and she isn’t one to sit back and let the gods take the wheel on her destiny. She’s managed to harness Rome’s powers in her favor and ensure her family’s continued legacy successfully before. And she can do it again—if she can just figure out how best to play the

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

LI, NY ,

Intelligent and accessible

So well researched and professionally presented. Audible. Clear. A whiff of snark (always refreshing). Can’t play as background noise...this podcast must be listened to.

Kkindiana29 ,

Proud to be a woman

Sometimes history doesn’t leave much room to feel super proud of woman’s roles. But not anymore! I love learning about these amazing women, the different days in the lives of women (loved ancient Egypt), and what we got wrong and right about women in history!

Youmomma0987654321135789 ,

Great!

Very informative while being funny

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