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    Interview: On Antigonus II Gonatas w/ Robin Waterfield

    Interview: On Antigonus II Gonatas w/ Robin Waterfield

    After facing decades of civil wars and invasions following the death of Alexander, peace was restored in Macedonia by the capable Antigonid king Antigonus II 'Gonatas', who strengthened the kingdom's hegemony over the Greek Peninsula in a reign that lasted an impressive 40 years. Despite this, we know very little about the man and his exploits. Author and independent scholar Robin Waterfield ("Dividing the Spoils", "Taken at the Flood") joins the show to discuss his new book "The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks", which seeks to chronicle the life of Antigonus and provide a guide through the often-hazy period of the 3rd century BC.

    Episode Notes:
    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2021/04/18/interview-on-antigonus-ii-gonatas-w-robin-waterfield/)

    Robin Waterfield
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    (https://www.robinwaterfield.com/)

    "The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks"
    University of Chicago Press:
    (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo35461992.html)
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    (https://www.amazon.com/Making-King-Antigonus-Gonatas-Macedon/dp/022661137X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Making+of+a+king&qid=1618777213&sr=8-5)



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    • 34 min
    059: Ptolemaic Egypt - Kingdom of Gold, Kingdom of the Nile

    059: Ptolemaic Egypt - Kingdom of Gold, Kingdom of the Nile

    Herodotus described Egypt as the gift of the Nile River, and without a doubt the Ptolemaic rulers took full advantage of the land’s agricultural prosperity. In addition to their exploitation of the Nile’s annual inundation, the Ptolemies would introduce the most rigorously developed (or exploitative) taxation system ever seen in Egypt, and would enable them to become the wealthiest people in the world of the 3rd century BC. We will take a look at the administrative layout of Hellenistic Egypt in order to see how the Ptolemaic dynasty oversaw such a financial juggernaut, ranging from the day-to-day operations of their many officials to grand imperial projects such as the reclamation of the Fayyum Oasis.

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    Episode 059 Transcript:
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    • 47 min
    058: Ptolemaic Egypt - Two Lands, Two Peoples, One Ruler

    058: Ptolemaic Egypt - Two Lands, Two Peoples, One Ruler

    Throughout the three centuries of Ptolemaic control over Egypt, their dynasty can be best described as having a split identity. Ruling from Alexandria, the new intellectual and cultural capital of the Greek-speaking world, the Ptolemies were very much Hellenistic kings and queens. But Egypt was an ancient land, and they needed to come to terms with the pharaonic tradition that had dominated Egyptian life for the better part of 3,000 years. As the longest reigning dynasty in Egyptian history, the Ptolemies adopted the role and iconography of the pharaoh to great success. They were also capable of developing new ways to project their power, whether through the establishment and promotion of royal cults and new deities like Serapis, or incorporating the image of splendor and abundance as part of their propaganda. In this episode, we will see how the Ptolemies successfully legitimized their rule in the eyes of both Greeks and Egyptians alike.

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    Episode 058 Transcript:
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    • 30 min
    Interview: On Demetrius Poliorcetes w/ Dr. Charlotte Dunn

    Interview: On Demetrius Poliorcetes w/ Dr. Charlotte Dunn

    Among the many colorful characters of the Wars of the Diadochi, Demetrius I Poliorcetes ("the Besieger") stands out as one of its most prominent, portrayed by the likes of Plutarch as a skilled commander and larger-than-life personality. Dr. Charlotte Dunn, who recently co-authored a biography entitled "Demetrius the Besieger", joins the show to discuss her work on the early Hellenistic period. From our sources on the city-taker to his abilities as a king and general, Dr. Dunn helps illuminate one of the main players caught in the struggle for Alexander's empire.

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    (https://hellenisticagepodcast.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/interview-on-demetrius-i-poliorcetes-w-dr-charlotte-dunn/)

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    • 25 min
    057: The Seleucid Empire - My Brother's Keeper

    057: The Seleucid Empire - My Brother's Keeper

    The troubled reigns of Seleucus II Callinicus and Seleucus III marked over 20 years of instability for the empire. A 3rd Syrian War led by a vigorous Ptolemy III Euergetes would penetrate into Syria and Mesopotamia, Parthia saw the invasion of the nomadic Parni, and rebellious officials in places like Pergamon would test the limits of the Seleucid rulers to maintain their quickly fracturing realm. Above all else would be the "War of the Brothers", as the usurper Antiochus Hierax ("the Hawk") would challenge his brother Seleucus II and help bring the dynasty to the point of extinction less than a century after its foundation.

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    Family Tree - From Seleucus I to Seleucus III:
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    • 27 min
    Interview: Alexander the Great in Ancient Art & Literature w/ Meg Finlayson

    Interview: Alexander the Great in Ancient Art & Literature w/ Meg Finlayson

    Alexander the Great is easily one of the most popular subjects for writers and artists throughout antiquity. In addition to the many biographies that present wildly different views on the man, there are a dazzling number of depictions of the conqueror in coinage, statues, and various other works of art. Joining us is Meg Finlayson who discusses her research on the image and legacy of Alexander, breaking down the historiography of writers like Plutarch and Arrian while also extensively analyzing pieces such as the so-called "Alexander Sarcophagus".

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    • 56 min

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4.7 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Derlemke ,

Wonderful Podcast.

Greek/Hellenistic History is expansive. I appreciate the scope of the podcast. Cheers.

Lucy McGown ,

Really cool!

I love this podcast! I’m sad that I’m blowing through it so fast, I wish the episodes were longer. The audio is great quality and it’s easy to understand. Pretty fast paced, but I don’t know if I’d want it to slow down.

uhoh7 ,

Concise, rich, entertaining.

Thanks for this great Hellenistic overview.

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