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    Interview: On the Wars of the Diadochi w/ John McTavish

    Interview: On the Wars of the Diadochi w/ John McTavish

    In this episode we are joined by historian and Cornell PhD student John McTavish to discuss the Wars of the Diadochi, where the Successors of Alexander the Great fought over a period of 40 years to carve apart his empire and found their own kingdoms, giving birth to the Hellenistic World as we know it. We discuss the problems of early Hellenistic sources and chronology,  diagnose the causes of the empire's rapid disintegration, and look at the major players and indigenous peoples responses to the power vacuum left by Alexander's death.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 38 min
    045: Hellenistic Philosophy - Stoics & Stoicism

    045: Hellenistic Philosophy - Stoics & Stoicism

    Arguably the most popular of the Hellenistic philosophies, the Stoic movement, with its emphasis on reason and self-control, attracted several famous figures such as the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Macedonian king Antigonus II Gonatas, and Seneca the Younger. Believing that wisdom is the highest good and can be achieved through philosophy, the Stoics encouraged the rejection of emotion and the embrace of rationality as a way to live in accordance with nature, which was granted an innate sense of orderliness and reason thanks to the embodiment of the cosmos by a rational deity.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 38 min
    Show Update: Merchandise & Episode 50's Q&A

    Show Update: Merchandise & Episode 50's Q&A

    A quick update on the release of show merchandise and on the upcoming Q&A (question and answer) session for episode 050.

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    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

    • 3 min
    044: Hellenistic Philosophy - Epicurus & Epicureanism

    044: Hellenistic Philosophy - Epicurus & Epicureanism

    Named after the eponymous philosopher Epicurus (341 – 270 B.C.), the Epicurean school was one of the more popular if controversial doctrines to emerge during the Hellenistic period. Arguing that “Death is nothing” and denying the existence of the afterlife, Epicurus and his followers sought to explain the world through empirical observation and the famous theory of atoms and the void, looking to live the best life by embracing pleasure and avoidance of pain.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 35 min
    043: The First Punic War - Let Them Drink!

    043: The First Punic War - Let Them Drink!

    By 255 B.C., the Carthaginians were in dire straits, having faced the prospect of a Roman invasion of North Africa. However, the talented leadership of Xanthippus of Lacedaemonia and Hamilcar Barca managed to stave off defeat for another 15 years, but the unrelenting nature of the Romans in spite of military and natural disasters would bring an end to the First Punic War.

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    • 32 min
    Interview: On the Parthian Empire w/ Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom

    Interview: On the Parthian Empire w/ Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom

    Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom joins us to discuss the Parthians and the Arsacid dynasty, a group that emerged from the Central Asian Steppes to come into conflict with the Seleucids and Hellenistic kingdoms during early-middle 3rd century B.C.  We talk about Dr. Overtoom's work regarding early Parthian history, the adaptability of a steppe society ruling over a heavily urbanized Greco-Persian one,  and his upcoming book "Reign of Arrows: The Rise of the Parthian Empire in the Hellenistic Middle East", which seeks to answer the question of how the Parthians managed to turn from small nomadic tribe to one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world.

    Title Theme: Seikilos Epitapth with the Lyre of Apollo, played by Lina Palera (https://soundcloud.com/user-994392473)

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

NormansinByzantium! ,

A more balanced 3rd century

Ever wonder what’s going on OUTSIDE of Rome? Greece, Persia, Egypt all just seem to disappear in the history books at this time. Get a non-Romano-centric account here.

MikeD in VT ,

Unique perspective

Having listened to many podcasts that spent time on the same time period, this one feels like it is bringing me a unique presentation of things I felt I knew

kittycatlives ,

Great way to start learning about the era

I recently read the fiction book Memoirs of Cleopatra and obvious it’s fiction but it reignited my love for the Hellenistic age and world. I have read Michael Grants Cleopatra and From Alexander to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World a long time ago and this show has reminded me why I love this era so much. Keep up the good work!

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