19 episodes

Told in Stone explores (mostly ancient) history through buildings and monuments. Each episode is complemented by material on toldinstone.com.

Told in Stone Garrett Ryan

    • History

Told in Stone explores (mostly ancient) history through buildings and monuments. Each episode is complemented by material on toldinstone.com.

    Ten Turkish Buildings 03: The Obelisk of Theodosius

    Ten Turkish Buildings 03: The Obelisk of Theodosius

    Already eighteen centuries old when it was set up in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the Obelisk of Theodosius loomed over the greatest arena of Byzantium's two bloodiest pastimes: chariot racing and politics. 

    • 13 min
    Ten Buildings in Turkey 02. Mren Cathedral

    Ten Buildings in Turkey 02. Mren Cathedral

    A relief over the door of a ruined church in the steppes of northeastern Turkey offers a glimpse into one of the most dramatic episodes in ancient history, in which an ageing emperor led Rome’s last army to victory over a seemingly invincible enemy.

    • 15 min
    Ten Buildings in Turkey 01. The Walls of Herakleia

    Ten Buildings in Turkey 01. The Walls of Herakleia

    In 301 BCE, four kings – all former generals of Alexander the Great – met at the Battle of Ipsos. After a charge led by three hundred war elephants decided the issue, the prince Pleistarchus, a minor ally of the victors, was given a small corner of what is now southwest Turkey. Though threatened by the machinations of the great kings whose domains surrounded his, Pleistarchus managed to rule for the better part of a decade, transforming the little city of Herakleia into a royal capital ringed by a massive circuit of walls.

    • 14 min
    Rome in 15 Buildings 15: Keats-Shelley House

    Rome in 15 Buildings 15: Keats-Shelley House

    For well over a century, the Odes of John Keats have been boring high school students, enchanting lovers of poetry, and giving scholars of English literature interesting things to overinterpret. When he died in 1821, however, Keats was virtually unknown – an anonymous member of Rome’s community of travelers and expatriates in the last years of the Grand Tour.

    • 10 min
    Rome in 15 Buildings 14: Sant’Andrea al Quirinale

    Rome in 15 Buildings 14: Sant’Andrea al Quirinale

    Coke vs. Pepsi. Kramer vs. Kramer. Alien vs. Predator. Everyone loves a rivalry – and so, discussions of art and architecture in Baroque Rome never fail to mention the antagonism between the ebullient Gianlorenzo Bernini and grim Francesco Borromini. This fourteenth episode in our History of Rome follows suit.

    • 14 min
    Rome in 15 Buildings 13: San Pietro in Vincoli

    Rome in 15 Buildings 13: San Pietro in Vincoli

    Speech stands at the threshold of the compressed lips. Righteous indignation is written in the lines of the set jaw. The presence of God blazes forth from the eyes. As a work of art, Michelangelo’s Moses is nothing short of awe-inspiring. It sits, however, in the cramped central niche of a medium-sized wall tomb, ringed by smaller statues ranging in quality from mediocre to incompetent. This thirteenth episode in our History of Rome discusses the creation of the Moses, and the circumstances that brought it to its underwhelming repose in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli.

    • 13 min

Top Podcasts In History