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A dig around ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual.

A dig around ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual.

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United Kingdom

Description:

A dig around ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual.

Language:

English


Episodes

Kings of Rome. Tullus Hostilius.

1/26/2020
Continuing my examination of the Roman kings I talk about Tullus Hostilius, the third Roman king. Tulls was primarily associated with Rome's military exploits and had a hand in a famous myth. He also had more than a hand in a death which shocked even Livy. From war to religious problems and a bizarre death. It's all here. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:27:30

The Saturnalia

12/15/2019
In this podcast I run the rule over the Roman Saturnalia a festival which started around the 17th December. What did it involve exactly, how did these elements appear and why? Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai instrumental)

Duration:00:24:27

Human Sacrifice in Antiquity. Part Two.

11/25/2019
In the second episode it's the turn of Greece and Rome to come under the spotlight. To what extent did both cultures engage in this and how did their myths and rituals reflect their attitudes? All with a few puns thrown in to lighten the mood. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai instrumental)

Duration:00:46:59

Human Sacrifice in Antiquity. Part One.

10/28/2019
In the first of two episodes I chat about the instances of human sacrifice in ancient Mesopotamia and Carthage. Archaeology, forensics and the books of the Old Testament combine to throw some light on this chilling topic. Given the subject the content is strong at points and involves reference to child sacrifice, just to let you know. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai instrumental)

Duration:00:36:01

Pompeii. Before, during and after.

8/20/2019
In this podcast I discuss three aspects of Pompeii. I start with how it developed and grew. I then look at the mechanics of the eruption. This includes considering the evidence which supports the major cause of deaths there. Finally I'll deal with what the remains tell us and how they might mislead as much as inform. The sources I reference: Mary Beard. Pompeii. The Life of a Roman Town. Giuseppe Luongo,Annamaria Perrotta,Claudio Scarpati,Ernesto De Carolis,Giovanni Patricelli,Annamaria...

Duration:00:24:45

Kings of Rome. Numa Pompilius.

8/11/2019
In this episode I continue the theme of early Rome by looking at its second King. Numa Pompilius. I talk about how he came to the throne, what religious initiatives he set in place and how the sources handled their accounts of him. As ever there are some curious tangents involving dancing, possible magic, thunderstorms and stinking charms. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:59:45

Rome's foundation myth.

7/7/2019
Please note that this includes references to the Rape of the Sabine Women and sexual references. In this episode I take a look into Rome's foundation myth and how Livy, Dionysus and Plutarch handled the various elements within it. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:31:47

Spartan Women. Part Two.

5/9/2019
In the second episode on Spartan Women I look at what an adult woman might have got up to. From quite a curious marriage ceremony through to the terrifying prospect of a Spartan mother. It's all here. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:35:29

Spartan Women. Part One

4/6/2019
The first of two episodes where I discuss the experiences a Spartan woman had throughout her life. Part one includes a general overview of Sparta before I recount what it might have been like for a Spartan as she grew up. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:29:58

Costa del Carthage: Hannibal, Carthage and Spain.

2/24/2019
In this episode I am looking at how Carthage expanded into the Iberian Peninsula and how this location furnished Hannibal with the means to march on Rome. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:38:37

Costa del Carthage: Hannibal, Carthage and Spain.

2/24/2019
In this episode I am looking at how Carthage expanded into the Iberian Peninsula and how this location furnished Hannibal with the means to march on Rome. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:38:37

Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon. The Linear B-Listers

1/25/2019
In this episode I discuss how Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon shape the way we understand the Iliad, other characters in it and even wider themes. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:32:01

Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon. The Linear B-Listers

1/25/2019
In this episode I discuss how Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon shape the way we understand the Iliad, other characters in it and even wider themes. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:32:01

The Haloa, it makes Boxing Day seem civilised.

12/21/2018
Ok, we always hear about the Saturnalia around the Festive period, but what about the Haloa? This was an ancient Greek Festival which involved highly suggestive food, drunken shenanigans and bad language. Listen to me discuss what happened and why. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:28:54

The Haloa, it makes Boxing Day seem civilised.

12/21/2018
Ok, we always hear about the Saturnalia around the Festive period, but what about the Haloa? This was an ancient Greek Festival which involved highly suggestive food, drunken shenanigans and bad language. Listen to me discuss what happened and why. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:28:54

How hygienic were the Roman baths?

12/2/2018
Join me and special guest expert Emma as we discuss how hygienic the Roman baths really were. Did they help or hinder disease? Plenty of gruesome detail, so, leave till after lunch. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:49:16

How hygienic were the Roman baths?

12/2/2018
Join me and special guest expert Emma as we discuss how hygienic the Roman baths really were. Did they help or hinder disease? Plenty of gruesome detail, so, leave till after lunch. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:49:16

Night of the Livy Dead 2

10/24/2018
It's that time of year to listen to some spooky tales from antiquity. I discuss how werewolves have changed, early versions of the vampire and dig up ghosts stories from ancient Greece and Rome.

Duration:00:30:41

Night of the Livy Dead 2

10/24/2018
It's that time of year to listen to some spooky tales from antiquity. I discuss how werewolves have changed, early versions of the vampire and dig up ghosts stories from ancient Greece and Rome.

Duration:00:30:41

Bathing in Ancient Greece and Rome

9/30/2018
In this podcast I look at the different types of bathing in antiquity, from the Greeks to the Romans. How did the Greeks bathe exactly? What were the Roman baths like? In addition I reason what linked Menelaus and Liberace, impersonate Seneca and mention the most devious use for the floor of a caldarium. Some minor adult content (thanks Martial), but no swearing. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)

Duration:00:32:47