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Episode 59: From the Sublime to the Romantic

The etymology of 'sublime' takes us through a discussion of the Gothic, Neo-Classical, and Romantic periods, the origins of the Romance languages, the roots of romantic love, and more. The Sublime Moment Cocktail Mats Malm “On the Technique of the Sublime”, Comparative Literature, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Winter, 2000), pp. 1-10. Sarah Bond on Polychromy in Ancient Statues Alex Potts, Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History Our Patreon page iTunes link Stitcher...


Episode 58: Symposium!

Columella's Mead Paul Matt, Vicky, Conor, & Kevin Alison, Melanie, & Melissa Mary, Peter, & Amber Rachel Mazzara, Chiara Graf, Drew Davis, Matthew Watton, & Jesse Hill This episode, we travel to Calgary, Alberta for a conference, and try some very questionable "ancient" potables! Aven takes a microphone on the road, and chats with a bunch of classicists about Roman beer, barley water, Homeric kykeon, conference papers, social media, and more! Matt Gibbs' article in The...


Episode 57: Freebooting, Piracy, & Copyright

We sail the high seas and surf the interwebs for this episode all about the etymology of pirate-related words and the coinage of a new term for stealing videos. We also cover the development of copyright law, the reasons pirates say "Arrrr!", and what Julius Caesar did to his kidnappers. Show Notes Bumbo cocktail recipe "Freebooting" video The Maritime History podcast The Academic Podcast by Sam McLean "CAESAR AND THE PIRATES: OR HOW TO MAKE (AND BREAK) AN ANCIENT LIFE", JOSIAH...


Episode 56: Linguistic Discrimination, with The Vocal Fries

We have the great pleasure to be joined by Megan & Carrie from the Vocal Fries podcast to talk about linguistic discrimination: what is it, why is it bad, what is its history, and how can we combat it? Show Notes The Vocal Fries Podcast Our Patreon page iTunes link Stitcher link Google Play Music link This podcast episode on YouTube This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License The Endless Knot RSS Subscribe Sign up with your...


Episode 55: Our Pet Topic (part two, with cats)

In part two of our miniseries on pets, we cover cats, monkeys, birds, and more. Find out the surprising origins of the word for parrot, what medieval people named their cats, and what bird was symbolic of the Virgin Mary. Show Notes @AllEndlessKnot on Twitter Medieval Pets by Kathleen Walker-Meikle "Greek and Roman Household Pets", Francis D. Lazenby Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome, George Dennison Companion Animals and Us: Exploring the Relationships Between People and...


Episode 54: Our Pet Topic (part one)

The Lady and the Unicorn, Desire (Musée de Cluny Federico II Gonzaga by Titian What makes an animal a pet? Who kept pets in the ancient and medieval worlds? What kinds of animals were they? And why are all the words for pets in English of (mostly) unknown origin?! We start a mini two-part series with a general discussion of ancient and medieval pets, and then some great stories about some Very Good Dogs. Show Notes @AllEndlessKnot on Twitter Medieval Pets by Kathleen...


Episode 52: Race & Racism in Ancient & Medieval Studies, Part Two: Responses

Author Don Hitchcock In part two of our discussion about racism, we talk about ways to respond to the problems in the field, in teaching, scholarship, and more. Thank you to Katherine Blouin, Damian Fleming, Usama Ali Gad, Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Asa Mittman, Dimitri Nakassis, Helen Young, and Donna Zuckerberg for their generous contributions of time and thoughtful discussion of these difficult subjects. Please join in the conversation with your thoughts and ideas about how to move the...


Episode 51: Race & Racism in Ancient & Medieval Studies, Part One: the Problem

The Beowulf Manuscript; Marvels of the East; Beowulf; Judith (Cotton MC Vitellius) What are the problems surrounding race and racism in the fields of Classics and Medieval Studies today? Where did these fields come from, and how does that affect the way we think about the past, and how we construct the present? For this episode (and the next) we interviewed eight scholars and put it together into an exploration of these unfortunately timely topics. Thank you to Katherine Blouin, Damian...


Episode 49: Stocking Stuffers & Christmas Treats

This year's holiday podcast looks back at last year's Christmas video, Stocking, and we talk about the Christmas treats our families enjoy, their history, and their etymology. All you could ever want to know about plum pudding and tourtiere, along with the story of St Nick himself. (PS: since the recording, I've seen indications that the 'mincepie ban' by the Puritans may be a myth, but Christmas celebrations in general definitely were banned, and mincepies and plum puddings were strongly...


Episode 47: Why Bob Dylan Matters, with Richard Thomas

We talk to Prof. Richard Thomas about his new book about Bob Dylan and the Classics, discussing Latin poetry, intertextuality in music and literature, Dylan's similarities to Catullus and use of Virgil and Ovid, and the unexpected connections between Classical scholarship and research into folk music archives. Show Notes Why Bob Dylan Matters Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Newtonville Books in Boston, MA Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, OK Our Patreon...


Episode 33: Purple, Pink, & Brown

Show Notes We finish up our colour series (for now!) with a discussion of Purple, Pink, & Brown. From Phoenician shellfish, Virgil's Aeneas,& Propertius's Cynthia, to flowers, beavers, & bears, this episode covers a lot of ground. Let us know what fun colour facts we've missed, and what colourful topics you might like us to cover in the future! Note: one area of discussion we rather left out is the place of purple in Byzantium/the Eastern Empire... maybe we’ll pick that up in the next...


Episode 31: #CreateICG

It's #CreateICG Week! A bunch of internet creators are putting out videos, podcasts, blogs, & more, all on the theme of CREATE – with all sorts of different approaches and interpretations. The event is centred around the Internet Creators Guild, a non-profit organization with a mission to support, represent, and connect creators whose primary platform is online. If you’d like to find out more about them, you can go to – and to find more amazing creations by ICG...


Episode 16: Red

We talk about Old English, Greek, and Latin words for red, the cultural importance of dyes, basic colour terms, blushes, blood, and gods. And a little bit about sex and phalluses, but only in the most genteel way. We promise. iTunes link Stitcher link Google Play Music link Our Patreon page -- and thank you to all our Patreon supporters! Show Notes MythTakes Podcast Lexicon Valley: Red Herring Lexicon Valley: Orange and Ben Zimmer's blogpost "Album" podcast episode Our "Weird" video


Episode 14: Cocktail

We chat about possible origins for the cocktail, and the crazy stories about the word's origin. We also tell the tale of our first cocktail party, that sparked our interest in them and led to the cocktail video series. Do you enjoy drinking or mixing cocktails? Where did your interest in them start? Do you have a favourite? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us: @alliterative or @avensarah. iTunes link Stitcher link Show Notes The Cocktail video Part One & Part Two Our Patreon...