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A podcast about the history of ancient Greece for people new to and familiar with Ancient Greek history.The Casting Through Ancient Greece podcast will focus on telling the story of Ancient Greece starting from the pre history through Archaic Greece, Classical Greece and up to the Hellenistic period. Featured throughout the podcast series will be Major events such as the Greek and Persian wars, The Peloponnesian war and Alexander the Greats war against Persia. www.castingthroughancientgreece.com for more resources and creditsSupport the series at www.patreon.com/castingthroughancientgreecefacebook: casting through ancient greeceTwitter: @casting_greece

A podcast about the history of ancient Greece for people new to and familiar with Ancient Greek history.The Casting Through Ancient Greece podcast will focus on telling the story of Ancient Greece starting from the pre history through Archaic Greece, Classical Greece and up to the Hellenistic period. Featured throughout the podcast series will be Major events such as the Greek and Persian wars, The Peloponnesian war and Alexander the Greats war against Persia. www.castingthroughancientgreece.com for more resources and creditsSupport the series at www.patreon.com/castingthroughancientgreecefacebook: casting through ancient greeceTwitter: @casting_greece

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Australia

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A podcast about the history of ancient Greece for people new to and familiar with Ancient Greek history.The Casting Through Ancient Greece podcast will focus on telling the story of Ancient Greece starting from the pre history through Archaic Greece, Classical Greece and up to the Hellenistic period. Featured throughout the podcast series will be Major events such as the Greek and Persian wars, The Peloponnesian war and Alexander the Greats war against Persia. www.castingthroughancientgreece.com for more resources and creditsSupport the series at www.patreon.com/castingthroughancientgreecefacebook: casting through ancient greeceTwitter: @casting_greece

Language:

English


Episodes

44: Macedon, Balancing Interests

1/13/2022
The eve of the Greek and Persian wars would see a point in Macedonian history where the transition of power from one king to another would take place. This would see Amyntas after his rule since the mid 6th century pass power to his son Alexander the first at the opening of the 5th. This would take place on the backdrop of Persian advances into Thrace before Macedon would then begin engaging diplomatically. It becomes difficult to tell at what point Macedon would offer earth and water to...

Duration:00:43:41

Teaser: The Lelantine War (Patreon)

1/2/2022
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, The Lelantine War found over on Patreon. The Lelantine War is an obscure conflict to us today, thanks to the very limited sources focusing on this war. Though, what dose seem to come through in the various fragments, making reference to the conflict, is the grand scale this war would be waged on. The Lelantine War would be waged right at the beginning of the Archaic period in Greek lands, between Greek cities. Our sources placing its importance...

Duration:00:07:15

43: The Greek Periphery, Macedon

12/16/2021
Many tribes existed throughout the Balkan region in the Neolithic to the Bronze Age where we would see defined cultures develop with the onset of the Iron Age. We hear origin stories and hints at the early Macedonians in Myth through Homer and Hesiod. We even get through Herodotus, the hint of a tribe called the Makednoi during the Bronze Age in the mountains north of Greece. The culture of the Macedonians that emerge in the Archaic Age and into the Classical Age, would seem to be the...

Duration:00:37:38

Teaser: Mycenaean Aftermath (Patreon)

12/4/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, Mycenaean Aftermath found over on Patreon. Having looked at some of the explanations for the Mycenaeans collapse at the end of the Bronze Age, we now turn to questions around what happened to them and where did they go. We look at what was taking place in Greek lands in the wake of the collapse, while also turning to areas across the Mediterranean. If you would like to hear more and support the series click on the Patreon link at the bottom of the...

Duration:00:09:05

42: Thrace, Crossroads of Campaigns

12/2/2021
Greek and Roman writers would highlight the Thracians as some of the best mercenaries fielded in foreign armies from the mid-5th century and beyond. They would excel at hit and run tactics, harassing heavier troops and being able to defend difficult ground. This reputation would appear to be born out of their tradition of Homeric style warfare practiced in their own lands. Though we get no detailed accounts of how they fought against one another in their home territories. Our knowledge of...

Duration:00:37:00

41: The Greek Periphery, Thrace

11/18/2021
North East of Greece would be a land seen as wild and untamed stretching from the modern-day nation of Hungary to the Ukraine, and then to the Black Sea and Aegean. The Greeks would view the people that inhabited these lands as barbarians, much the same way they did to other cultures that differed from theirs. Though these people that they would call the Thracians, seemed that much more uncivilised compared to the other barbarians they had encountered. Although the Greeks would call them...

Duration:00:35:09

40: Sicily, The First Sicilian War

11/5/2021
As the 6th century BC on Sicily was coming to a close expansion would continue to take place. Tyrannies were now becoming the common governing system in a lot of the Sicilian Greek cities, appearing to follow the lead of their Metropolises back in Greece. This time though expansion would see Greeks focus on exerting their influence over other Greek cities. This period would also see the rise of one of the most powerful Tyrants to yet emerge on Sicily, his name would be Gelon. His rise would...

Duration:00:43:32

Teaser: Collapse of the Mycenaeans (Patreon)

11/2/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, The Mycenaeans Trojan War found over on Patreon. We now zoom in a little bit closer on the Mycenaeans now that we have arrived at the Bronze Age collapse. Here we will look at what evidence seems to be showing of possible reasons that would lead to the collapse of the Mycenaeans. This would see their civilisation fade into the past while taking place in the context of the wider Bronze Age world collapse. If you would like to hear more and support the...

Duration:00:07:56

Interview: Bronze Age Collapse with Prof. Eric H Cline

10/22/2021
**Give Away details** To coincide with this episode release I will be running a giveaway where I will be offering up 2 copies of Eric Cline’s Book, 1177 BC the Year Civilisation Collapsed, where winners will be drawn on the 1st of November 2021. 1 copy I will be offering as a general giveaway, where all you need to do to go into the draw is to promote Casting Through Ancient Greece in some way on Twitter or Facebook, this could be retweeting or sharing the episode with a comment or posting...

Duration:01:25:53

39: Sicily, Conflict & Tyrants

10/7/2021
39: Sicily, Conflict & Tyrants The wave of Greek colonisation taking place in the 8th and 7th centuries wouldn’t be the end of the Greeks seeking to establish new cities. More expeditions would be sent out from the Greek mainland, while the original Greek colonies of Sicily would also start establishing their own colonies. The eastern, southern and northern coasts would be the target for many of these expeditions, with the east seeing the largest concentration of Greeks. As the colonies on...

Duration:00:42:05

Teaser: The Mycenaeans Trojan War (Patreon)

10/1/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, The Mycenaeans Trojan War found over on Patreon. We continue our look through the Bronze Age arriving at the question, was the Trojan War a historical event. In this bonus episode we explore this question by looking at what has been uncovered in the Archaeological record and turn to the Hittite texts that have been translated. If you would like to hear more and support the series click on the Patreon link at the bottom of the page or you can head to...

Duration:00:06:47

Interview: The Bronze Lie with Myke Cole

9/24/2021
Todays episodes sponsor is Hello Fresh Head to Hello Fresh here to receive $80 Discount ($50 - $20 - $10) Including Free Shipping on your First Box! with the code HFAFF80 "Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy" The Spartans are one of the most recognisable ancient Greek societies in our modern day. Though, just about no writing from the Spartans themselves survives, everything we know about them comes from outsiders looking in. This has resulted in many Myths and stereotypes to...

Duration:02:59:27

38: The Greek Periphery, Sicily

9/10/2021
38: The Greek Periphery, Sicily The prehistory of Sicily, well before the Greeks arrived is still to this day shrouded in some mystery. We are left with a written tradition from a number of Greek writer but they were writing about a past some thousand years before their time. Modern attempts at understanding this period are even debated, which leaves us with our best guesses based off of what is found in modern research and what the ancients say. The Island of Sicily west of Greek lands...

Duration:01:56:44

Teaser: Mycenaean International Connections (Patreon)

9/3/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, Mycenaean International Connections found over on Patreon. We now continue with our focus on the Mycenaeans, this time looking closer at their relations with other lands. We will first look at their trading activities, with what they were importing from other civilisations. Then we will turn to what they were exporting along the numerous trade routes. Finally we will look at other foreign contacts that we get glimpses of, though as with most matters...

Duration:00:12:58

37: Herodotus, The Father of Lies

8/27/2021
Herodotus; The Father of Lies. “Because it is simple and lacking in effort and easily runs over events, has thoroughly deceived many people” (Plutarch, on the Malice of Herodotus) Plutarch would be but one historian to level criticisms at Herodotus from the ancient past all the way through to our times. Often, we see the common title given to Herodotus, the Father of History turned on its head to, Herodotus, the Father of Lies, due to his willingness to include strange and wonderful...

Duration:02:08:54

36. Herodotus: The Father of History

8/13/2021
“Herodotus of Halicarnassus here presents his research so that human events do not fade with time. May the great and wonderful deeds – some brought forth by the Hellenes, others by the barbarians – not go unsung; as well as the causes that led them to make war on each other.” Herodotus, Proem These are the opening lines from the oldest surviving work of history in the western world and would open so much more than just an account of the Greek and Persian wars. In this first episode on...

Duration:00:43:17

Teaser: The Coming of the Greeks

8/3/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode over on Patreon, the coming of the Greeks. In this bonus episode we move to looking at the next Bronze Age civilisation in the Aegean, the Mycenaeans. Here we will focus in on the notion that they were the ancestors of the Classical Greeks. This theory only being accepted in the last 70 years due to evidence through archaeology and linguistics coming to light. For the full version of the episode plus many more you can head to Casting Through Ancient...

Duration:00:07:56

35: The Greco-Persian Wars

7/30/2021
The Greco-Persian Wars: The Greek and Persian wars would be a defining moment in the Greek world helping shape the trajectory of development in Greece and around the Aegean for time to come. Even today a detailed ancient account survives describing the events of 2500 years in what is one of the oldest works of history. Herodotus who has been labelled the father of history would be born during the wars and would travel the Greek world later in life collecting all he could, so as to...

Duration:00:43:36

Interview: Mark Adams

7/16/2021
In this interview Episode I sit down and chat with the author Mark Adams about his book, "Meet me in Atlantis". We talk about his experiences and what he learnt about Plato's tale of the lost city of Atlantis. He also talks about the many people he met during his research for the book and where he also tells their stories. MARK ADAMS is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009, and the bestsellers Tip of the Iceberg, Meet Me in...

Duration:01:04:34

Teaser: Atlantis Minoan Connection

7/16/2021
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, The Atlantis Minoan Connection found over on Patreon. Over on Patroen I had a little fun with the latest bonus episode looking at the connections between the tale of Atlantis to the Bronze Age civilisation of the Minoans. I also look into the areas that don't support these connections, other areas that have been put forward, as well as the view this was all Plato's invention, with no historical context. If you would like to hear more and support the...

Duration:00:11:20