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Two Friends Talk History

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Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Carrying on from season 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, season 2 invites new friends to Two Friends. Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Carrying on from season 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, season 2 invites new friends to Two Friends. Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

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United Kingdom

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Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Carrying on from season 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, season 2 invites new friends to Two Friends. Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

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English


Episodes

Multilingualism in Republican Italy

12/29/2021
Drawing the year to a close, this week, Zofia is joined by historian Dr Rory Nutter. Together we discuss the linguistic changes that took place in the Italian peninsula over the 4th- 3rd centuries BCE as Latin speakers interacted with the mosaic of languages spoken in the region, and the importance of looking at the materiality of objects when reading inscriptions. Tangents include awkward linguistic encounters, Aeclanum field school, and visiting Ostia Antica. The show will be going on...

Duration:00:44:46

Vampires in Antiquity

12/3/2021
In this weeks' episode, Zofia is joined by classical scholar and vampire fang-atic, doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Ambra Ghiringhelli. Getting to the heart of the vampires in antiquity and in the archaeological record, we shine light in the darkest of spooky places where these immortal bloodsuckers have haunted our imaginations and cemeteries alike. We hope you enjoy the final interview of a three-part journey into monsters that went bump in the night and how they...

Duration:01:02:57

Witches in the Classical World

11/3/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined again by Latinist and researcher of ancient magic, Celeste De Blois, a Classics doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Celeste returns to the pod to discuss witches in Greek mythology, Homeric stories, and Roman elegies. Click here to read the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, discussed in the episode. Find us on Instagram Support us through Patreon Buy our merch on Redbubble Explore more resources and topics about the ancient world on...

Duration:00:49:06

Teen Wolf and Werewolves in Antiquity

10/22/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and Late Antique period specialist Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez, currently a PDRA in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics "Impact of the Ancient City" ERC Project, to discuss his new article and foray into Classical Reception Studies, who looked at naughties tv Teen Wolf reboot and how it uses Classical mythology, language and bodies to present an updated version of the werewolf. Tangents include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Riverdale, Sabrina the...

Duration:00:38:34

Rollin' Down Roman Rivers

9/22/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and University of Edinburgh PhD candidate, James R. Page! James shares his insights into how Romans dealt with the changing and often dangerous environment of river transportation, and how local resilience and adaptation changed landscapes in their pursuit of water management! I hope you enjoy the episode! If you would like to find out more about James' work, you can find him on his Academia.edu page and check out the Upper Sabina Tiberina...

Duration:00:48:41

The Globalised Mediterranean

9/4/2021
This week, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and outdoor adventure entrepreneur, Dr Meg Currie-Moodie. Meg and I talk about the globalised Mediterranean in antiquity, and what it meant to have shared visual language - a visual koine. We discuss large-scale material culture which employs globalised artistic elements - the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania built Juba II called Kubr-er-Rumia in Arabic - and a small-scale devotional statuette found in Egypt of Horus dressed as a Roman emperor! For...

Duration:00:40:58

Byzantine Pottery

8/18/2021
From my recent stay at the British School at Athens, I am joined by archaeologist and Byzantine pottery specialist, the talented Dr Rossana Valente! Dr Rossana Valente (Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship holder) is a postdoctoral researcher at the British School at Athens and Visiting Research Fellow at Newcastle University. Rossana is part of the team analysing the ceramics for Byzantine period Sparta and has fascinating things to say about what studying this pottery can tell us about...

Duration:00:44:22

The Late Antique City

7/24/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and Late Antique period specialist Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez, currently a PDRA in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics "Impact of the Ancient City" ERC Project, to discuss the social changes that characterised the transition to the Late Antique period. We discuss the knock-on effects of these changes as they impacted technology like water provisioning and urban contraction. Tangents include field schools, Roman Merida, setting up a museum...

Duration:00:55:43

Roman Curses and Love Magic

7/3/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by fellow French Canadian and doctoral candidate, Celeste Du Bois, to discuss Roman curses and love magic in literature and in the archaeological evidence of curse tablets. We explore the challenges to studying religion from the bottom up (so to speak) and some of the intriguing ritual practices of people in the Greco-Roman. I hope you enjoy the interview! Tangents include using Latin for exorcisms, 90s blockbusters Practical Magic and the Craft, and...

Duration:00:51:43

Bronze Age Kefalonia: the Tzanata tomb

6/16/2021
In this special episode, Zofia is joined by Hettie and Makis Metaxas from Poros, Kefalonia, who have worked tirelessly on advocating for the conservation of one of the most important monuments of Kefalonia’s Bronze Age, which they also helped discover- the Tzanata tholos tomb! We discussed their work to protect this important archaeological site just weeks before the Regional Governor of the Ionian Islands officially confirmed new investments in the site! I hope you enjoy the...

Duration:00:46:06

Ancient Greek Federalism: the Achaean Koinon

6/5/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by the creator of Hellenistic History website and outreach, Dr Elke Close, to discuss the Achaean League (koinon) of the Greeks during the second century BCE. We chat about the different tools she used to investigate ancient federalism from Polybius, epigraphy to numismatics, and ultimately, the showdown with Rome at the Battle of Corinth in 146 BCE. Tangents include: Polybius picking fights, the magical city of Megalopolis and more! Find us on...

Duration:00:54:55

Hellenistic Queens

5/21/2021
In this episode, Zofia is reunited with Dr Briana King, a specialist in cult of Aphrodite and Greek erotica in the late-Classical period, to discuss the dynamic and variable roles that Hellenistic Queens played by focusing on queen Olympias of Macedon and Arsinoe II of Egypt. We explore their martial actions, power plays and divine associations. Tangents include road tripping in Greece, Netflix series ideas, and exploring the archaeological museum in Pella. Find us on Instagram Support us...

Duration:01:06:58

The Bianchi Plague Processions of 1399

5/2/2021
This week, Zofia is joined by Dr Alex Lee to discuss the popular religious processions that took place in northern and central Italy from 1399-1400 in response to the outbreak of deadly plague. These processions were called ‘Bianchi’ because of their adherent’s white robes. We discuss Dr Lee's research into the religious responses from the community members as they went on processions, what they could expect on their journeys as well as the bureaucratic organisation from within the local...

Duration:00:44:03

Shining a Light on Roman Houses

4/21/2021
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and 3D-reconstruction specialist, Dr Lucia Michielin, to shine a light on her research into how the building practices of Romans considered lighting and its implications on home design. We discuss changes to Roman technology and how increased accessibility to glass in the Imperial period was reflected in Roman homes, and how she navigated using semi-fantastical artistic evidence and scientific analysis to explore domestic lighting in the...

Duration:00:41:50

Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius

4/7/2021
In this week’s episode, Zofia is joined by Alexandra Swann for a deep dive into Stoicism the implications of what this philosophy meant in antiquity, and how we can benefit from it now. With the upcoming 1900th birthday anniversary of Marcus Arelius, we ask ourselves (WWMAD?) ‘What Would Marcus Aurelius Do?’ And explore how stoic wisdom guided the Roman Philosopher Emperor. Tangents include Youtube spirals, online conspiracy theories, ancient schools of philosophy, “what ancient philosopher...

Duration:01:24:45

Archaeobotany

3/3/2021
In this week’s episode, Zofia is joined by archaeobotanist, Alexandra Slucky, who discusses the importance of studying floral remains in archaeological excavations, and how these tiny pieces of the past communicate the connectivity of trade networks and their impact on culture. Tangents include dysentery in the Middle Ages, the Post-Columbian exchange, rebranding the Silk Road to the vegan-friendly Rhubarb Road, and climate change. Find us on Instagram Support us through Patreon Buy our...

Duration:00:39:31

Sex in the Ancient World

2/14/2021
This week's episode is Sex in the Ancient World where Zofia is joined by Dr Briana King to discuss how we can understand sexuality in antiquity, how people in the ancient world used erotic art in their daily lives, Spartan wedding rituals and more! Join us as we explore this tantalising and sometimes titillating topic together! Find us on Instagram Support us through Patreon Buy our merch on Redbubble Explore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtist Music by...

Duration:01:04:24

Announcement for Series 2

2/12/2021
Things are changing here at Two Friends Talk History! Carrying on from series 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, in series 2, Zofia invites new friends to talk history on Two Friends. Guests will continue to delve into global history topics from new perspectives, share behind the scenes knowledge of working in heritage, history and more! You can still find Liam on his fabulous folklore and spooky stories podcast, International Supernatural!...

Duration:00:01:53

Dysfunctional Families: the Anarchy and the Ptolemies

12/17/2020
In this week's episode, Liam delves into 'The Anarchy' of 12th century England when Empress Matilda battled her cousin King Stephen for control of the English throne. Meanwhile, Zofia navigates the twisted tale of some terrible Ptolemies: Cleopatra II, her daughter Cleopatra III and the husband they shared, Ptolemy VIII. The 2nd century BCE ruling dynasty of Egypt known for murders, mayhem, matricides and more! Find us on Instagram Support us through Patreon Buy our merch on...

Duration:00:58:00

Lands of Ice: nomadic life in the Arctic circle

11/18/2020
Hi Folks! In this episode, Zofia and Liam strike North and explore the cold climes of Nunavut in Canada. Zofia interviews Jennie, a close friend from the Inuit community on Victoria Island, located deep within the Arctic circle. Liam and Zofia provide a historical background to the Inuit of the area before Zofia interviews Jennie who provides a fascinating account of growing up on the island as well as some local Inuit folklore and history. Find us on Instagram Support us through...

Duration:01:25:41