The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.
108 The Thirty Tyrants
In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War at Athens, including the reign of the Thirty Tyrants, the Athenian civil war, and the restoration of the democracy
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2021/10/108-thirty-tyrants.html
107 Sparta Triumphant
In this episode, we discuss the final two years of the Peloponnesian War (405-404 BC), including the comedic play "The Frogs" by Aristophanes; Lysander's elevation to Persian satrap, his rebuilding of the Peloponnesian fleet, his tactical moves in the Hellespont, and his crushing victory over the Athenians at Aegospotami; the besiegement and blockade of Athens; and the Athenians' surrender and the terms of the peace treaty
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2021/04/107-sparta-triumphant.html
106 Frustrations and Poor Decisions (Part II)
In this episode, we discuss the years 409-406 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the Athenians’ achieving control in the Hellespont and Bosporus, Alcibiades’ triumphant return to Athens, the ascension of Lysander and his bromance with Cyrus, the Athenian defeat at Notium and the disgrace of Alcibiades, Kallikratidas victory over Konon at Mytilene, and the subsequent Battle of Arginusae with its disastrous consequences for the Athenians.
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/10/106-frustrations-and-poor-decisions.html
***Special Guest Episode on Classics and White Supremacy w/Curtis Dozier***
In today's special guest episode, I am joined by Dr Curtis Dozier, Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College. He is the producer and host of The Mirror of Antiquity, a podcast featuring classical scholars discussing the intersections of their research, the contemporary world, and their own lives. More importantly to our discussion, He is also the director of Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics, a website devoted to documenting and responding to appropriations of ancient Greece and Rome by hate groups online. We discuss some of the reasons how, as well as why, White Supremacists have taken to coopting Classical imagery to support their twisted world views.
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/10/special-guest-episode-on-classics-and.html
***Special Guest Episode on Race, Antiquity, and Its Legacy w/Denise McCoskey***
In today's special guest episode, I am joined by Dr Denise Eileen McCoskey, Professor of Classics and affiliate of Black World Studies at Miami (OH) University. She has written extensively on the politics of race and gender in antiquity and is currently at work on a project examining the role of eugenics in early twentieth-century classical scholarship. In 2012, she published her book Race: Antiquity & Its Legacy, which will be the topic of today’s conversation. It accounts for the various ways in which ancient cultures thought about race (including race as social practice and racial representations). We also dig into the "Black Athena" controversy a bit and why the field of Classics handled it so poorly.
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/09/special-guest-episode-on-race-antiquity.html
105 Carthage Enters the War
In this episode, we discuss the Second Greco-Punic War (410-406 BC), as hostilities in Sicily draw in Carthage and the Syracusan fleet away from the eastern Aegean and the Hellespont, including Hannibal Mago's first invasion of Sicily and the destruction of Selinus and Himera, the rebellion of Hermocrates, the rise of Dionysius as tyrant of Syracuse, Hannibal Mago's second invasion of Sicily and his destruction of Akragas, and the ceasefire which would see Carthage and Syracuse as the two strongest powers on Sicily
Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/08/105-carthage-enters-war.html
Introduction by Alex Goodman of Antiquity in Question
Wonderful, entertaining, in-depth stroll through Ancient Greece
I love this podcast, which is the most in-depth treatment I’ve found among the podcasts for Ancient Greece. There’s a lot of material (over 100 podcasts), and Ryan keeps it engaging. I’m learning a ton, and I keep coming back for the next episode. Bravo, it’s really impressive that he pulled this much material together for us to enjoy.
A Deep Dive
Here’s what I originally said: “The host is knowledgeable and well-prepared. His expertise shows in less-structured interviews, so it’s not simply a matter of good research in preparing for solo narrative readings.”
However….the host is an unrepentant sex pest and a plagiarist. There’s plenty of good ORIGINAL scholarship from less-problematic podcasters.
The plagiarised material ruins it
What originally seemed like well researched and detailed work turns out to resemble a mix of half done Google search and plagiarism. While the podcast itself might come out sounding good and professional, the theft of intellectual property is absolutely horrifying. And on top of stealing other people’s work there’s the whole sexual harassment issue. But that’s a whole different reason not to engage. If you’re willing to look past the individual character of the host though you’ll still find that it is a quite uncomfortable experience listening to brilliant work being “expertly” presented without giving credit where rightly due.