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Aven & Mark discuss etymology, history, literature, language, and cocktails, and the sometimes surprising connections between them all.

Aven & Mark discuss etymology, history, literature, language, and cocktails, and the sometimes surprising connections between them all.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Aven & Mark discuss etymology, history, literature, language, and cocktails, and the sometimes surprising connections between them all.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 84: Linoleum: It's Not As Boring As You Think!

10/11/2020
n this episode we go from the origin of the world to the many uses of olive oil, with discussions of Roman mosaics, and trademark law along the way. This is the third of our episodes on Intellectual Property, following Episode 42: Bugging Out! on patents and Episode 57: Freebooting, Piracy, & Copyright on copyright. Also, it’s the start of Season 6, and we want to thank everyone who’s joined us over the last 5 years. It’s been a blast, and here’s to another half decade! “The asàrotos òikos...

Duration:01:16:26

Episode 83: Recipes and Authority, from Intelligent Speech

8/6/2020
Back in June we had the pleasure of being part of the Intelligent Speech Conference 2020 — this year, held entirely online. It was a day filled with amazing podcasters and great conversations, and in this short episode we’re sharing the talk that we gave at the event. It’s about the word Recipe and early cookbooks, medicine, and women’s magazines. If you’d like to see the images that accompanied the presentation, you can watch the talk on YouTube, where the questions and post-talk discussion...

Duration:00:25:25

Episode 82: Plagues, with Moxie from Your Brain on Facts

7/6/2020
It’s time for us to talk about plagues — ancient, medieval, literary, etymological, and psychological! We’re joined by Moxie from Your Brain on Facts for a very fun — if slightly disturbing — discussion of many aspects of historical plagues. Transcript of this episode Your Brain on Facts Gardner, H.H. Pestilence and the Body Politic in Latin Literature. 2019. Episode 44: "Us" & "Them" in the Ancient & Anglo-Saxon Worlds Episode 51: Race & Racism in Ancient & Medieval Studies, Part One:...

Duration:01:35:19

Episode 81: The Rise (and Fall) of Skywalker

6/5/2020
In an episode that was recorded in late May before the protests started, we took a break from COVID talk to give our thoughts on the final movie in the Star Wars saga. We discussed how it was similar to or different from ancient epic, medieval romance, and Icelandic sagas, but mostly we talked about the ways it failed to bring together the many threads of the Star Wars story. Given current events, and the protests against police brutality and systemic anti-Black racism, we urge our white...

Duration:01:17:57

Episode 80: Runes and Early Writing Systems

4/10/2020
We take a look at the history of runes and their connection to early alphabets and Germanic culture. Then we take a trip back to the Phoenician and Egyptian origins of the modern English alphabet, and talk about some of the earliest examples of Greek writing, in inscriptions, epic poetry, and myth. Also, introducing Lyceum, a new platform for educational podcasting! Transcript of this episode The “Screaming Viking” cocktail Lyceum NativLang’s video Muslim Vikings & Magic Letters: The Odd...

Duration:01:44:39

Episode 79: Sex & Gender

2/11/2020
We trace the etymologies and development of the words “sex” and “gender”, as well as words for women and men in Greek, Latin, and English, touching on Roman, Greek, and medieval English ideas about gender. Then we discuss the grammatical term “gender” and how it differs across languages around the world. Transcript of this episode The History of Sex Podcast The “Pink Lady” cocktail This episode on YouTube Our Patreon page This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons...

Duration:01:27:22

Episode 78: An Etymological Holiday Feast

12/17/2019
This year’s holiday episode is all about festivals and feasts — and in particular, midwinter celebrations, the solstice, and the seasons. And we read a couple of Latin poems about drinking — and explore the odd connection between them and a tire company! The Christmas Cake cocktail Hesiod’s Works and Days in English Horace’s Odes in Latin Horace Odes 1.37 in English Feast video This episode on YouTube Our Patreon page This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons...

Duration:01:44:36

Bonus Episode: Thorneloe Race Forum

12/10/2019
This bonus episode contains two talks we gave at our university in November. Mark spoke about “The ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Problem: Language and Racism in Medieval Studies” and Aven spoke about “Defining ‘Race’ in the Ancient Mediterranean and Today”. Google ngrams for collocations of “Anglo-Saxon”: All English Texts American English British English Our Patreon page This episode on YouTube This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Duration:00:37:58

Episode 77: SoundEdu19, with Scott Lepisto

11/19/2019
Crossover time! We’re joined by Scott Lepisto, of the Itinera Podcast, in a conversation at the SoundEducation podcasting conference in Boston. We talked about the conference itself, the use of podcasting in classrooms, and the importance of public-facing scholarship in Classics and Medieval Studies. And please check out Scott’s podcast, in which he interviews classicists about their work and their journey to and through the field! Scott on Twitter Itinera Podcast Our Patreon page This...

Duration:00:50:25

Episode 76: Do You Believe in Magic?

10/31/2019
Happy Halloween! This year we’re talking about the origins of “Magic”, the differences between religion and magic, Greek and Roman spells and curses, and some rather bizarre tales about Virgil & Aristotle. Our “Magic” video Cocktail: Black Magic Religion in the Roman Empire, James B Rives, 2007 Arcana Mundi,Georg Luck, 2006 Our Patreon page This episode on YouTube This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License The Endless Knot RSS

Duration:01:38:17

Episode 75: Tracking Monsters, with Liz Gloyn

10/8/2019
We speak with Dr. Liz Gloyn about her new book, Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture. We talk about Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, the Odyssey, the problems with Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey pattern, and more! Liz Gloyn Classically Inclined blog Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture Facebook Page for Tracking Classical Monsters Our Patreon page This episode on YouTube This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International...

Duration:01:04:37

Episode 74: Medieval Fact & Fiction, with Winston Black

9/10/2019
We talked to Winston Black about his new book, The Middle Ages: Fact & Fiction, which addresses the most common myths and misconceptions about the Middle Ages. And we touch on video games, D&D, and Game of Thrones in the process! The SoundEducation Conference page The Middle Ages: Fact & Fiction Winston on Twitter Our Patreon page This episode on YouTube This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License The Endless Knot RSS

Duration:01:06:12

Episode 73: Things Get Weird

8/13/2019
The Fates have decreed that it’s time for us to talk about the word “Weird”! We discuss its etymology, the concept of fate in the ancient and medieval world, whether mythical women really do usually appear in threes, and Shakespeare. Twist of Fate cocktail Weird Sisters Blood & Hand Punch Shakespeare Not Stirred book “Weird” video “Does English have a future tense?” video “Arrow” video “As We Like It Podcast” – Macbeth episode Chart of ‘strange’ vs ‘weird’ usage Chart of ‘weird’,...

Duration:01:35:29

Episode 72: Dispatches from VidCon 2019

7/16/2019
While at VidCon this year, we sat down and chatted with a few of our fellow educational YouTubers: The Cynical Historian, Knowing Better, 12tone, and Step Back History. This is a compilation of our discussions about their channels, their reasons for making videos, and their experience of VidCon and its educational companion event, EduCon. If you don’t already watch their videos, we strongly recommend you check them out. Thank you to them all for taking part! Our Patreon page iTunes...

Duration:02:06:05

Episode 71: Enlisting Imagination under the Banner of Science

6/18/2019
We discuss a person who had an important impact on both science and language: Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles. In particular, we talk about the use of poetry to explain science, from Hesiod to Lucretius to Darwin to Baba Brinkman, and the new wave of science communicators on and off line. Erasmus Darwin cocktail menu, based on The Loves of the Plants D.G. King-Hele. “Erasmus Darwin, Man of Ideas and Inventor of Words.” Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 42.2 (1988):...

Duration:01:20:06

Episode 70: Carly Silver

5/17/2019
We spoke to Carly Silver, an editor and a writer on ancient history and horse racing, about how she connects the past to contemporary issues, the intriguing stories in curse tablets in Roman Britain, murder mysteries set in the ancient world, romance novels, breeding programs for American Thoroughbreds, and more! Carly’s website Carly’s article about Hadrian’s Wall Carly’s article about the sexual assault charges against a workman in ancient Egypt Carly’s writing about horse...

Duration:01:23:34

Episode 69: The Spirit of the Age

4/1/2019
Happy (?) April Fool’s Day! We talk about the origins of the holiday, its connections to the Tom Collins cocktail, and hoaxes throughout history, from Athenian tyrants to the ‘Scratching Fanny’ ghost to the Da Vinci Code. Tom Collins recipe Podcast episode on Cuckold Podcast episode 7, with discussion about urban legends Podcast episode on Sublime Bunny Trails episode on ‘wild goose chase’ Herodotus passage Erasmus Darwin video Podcast episode about the 12 Days of Christmas Our...

Duration:01:46:18

Episode 68: Glossed in Translation

3/15/2019
We talk about names for countries — endonyms and exonyms — and the trade goods named after the places they come from, in a discussion that ranges from Japanese guns to the connection between Wales and roosters to the colour of the phoenix, and much more. If you can make it to the end of the podcast, you’ll never look at porcelain the same way again! Red Dragon Cocktail The Rising Sun Cocktail Jabzy’s Japan videos: Europeans in Japan and Guns in Japan Cynical Historian’s video on gun...

Duration:01:26:18

Episode 67: Mortal Republic, by Edward Watts

2/18/2019
We talk to Edward Watts about his new book Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny, which covers the history of Rome from the 3rd century BCE to the rise of Octavian to princeps. Our conversation ranges across questions of Roman identity, our fascination with transitional periods, and the connections between Roman history and contemporary politics. Edward Watts Ancient Greece Declassified episode 19 “America's Greco-Roman Legacies w/ Caroline Winterer” Our Patreon page iTunes...

Duration:01:14:16

Episode 66: Writing Myth with Amalia Dillin

1/18/2019
Amalia Dillin is an author of mythic fantasy and historical fiction set in the ancient and Viking worlds. Among other books, she’s written the Fate of the Gods trilogy, about Eve and Adam (and Thor and Athena and more!), and the Orc Saga, beginning with Honor among Orcs. She also writes, as Amalia Carosella, about Bronze Age Greece (Helen of Sparta & sequels, about the love between Helen & Theseus) and the Viking Age (Daughter of a Thousand Years, about Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, and...

Duration:01:06:56