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Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

Juvenal’s Satires, produced some time in the decades around 100 CE, mercilessly mock some of the more colorful aspects of Roman life. Episode 72 Quiz: Episode 72 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

Statius’ Thebaid, Books 7-12. Six hundred years after Aeschylus, Statius once again brought the Theban epic to a thunderous conclusion.


Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

Statius’ Thebaid, Books 1-6. This epic is hardly ever read or taught these days, but in 100 CE, it was as famous as anything in the Roman world. Episode 70 Quiz: Episode 70 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

Petronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life. Episode 69 Quiz: Episode 69 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

Seneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study. Episode 68 Quiz: Episode 68 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

Seneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written. Episode 67 Quiz: Episode 67 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

Stoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament. Episode 66 Quiz: Episode 66 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

Seneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns. Episode 65 Quiz: Episode 65 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 64: Ovid's Exile (The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto)

For mysterious reasons, in 8 CE, Ovid was exiled from Rome. Ovid’s last works were composed an ocean away from Italy, on the western shore of the Black Sea. Episode 64 Quiz: Episode 64 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 63: All Is in Flux (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 11-15)

Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Books 11-15. The vast Metamorphoses draws to a resonant conclusion as Ovid brings his great poem to Rome itself. Episode 63 Quiz: Episode 63 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 62: A Curious Passion (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10)

Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Books 6-10. In the middle portion of Ovid’s great poem, psychological transformations become as gripping as physical ones. Episode 62 Quiz: Episode 62 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)

Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Books 1-5. This book influenced thousands of years of later literature, and remains one of our best source texts on classical mythology. Episode 61 Quiz: Episode 61 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 60: How to Make Love to a Roman (Ovid's Art of Love and Cure for Love)

Ovid’s Art of Love is ancient Rome’s manual of seduction – a record of the steamier side of the Augustan Age. Episode 60 Quiz: Episode 60 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 59: Early Ovid (Amores, Heroides)

The love poetry of Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) was standard Latin curriculum for hundreds of years, but it was also the product of a very specific historical moment. Episode 59 Quiz: Episode 59 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 58: She Caught Me with Her Eyes (Propertius' Poetry)

Propertius (c. 50-1 BCE) took the Latin elegiac form to new heights of complexity and passion, even weaving subtle satire throughout his work. Episode 58 Quiz: Episode 58 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 57: The World Grows Dim and Black (Virgil's Aeneid, Books 10-12)

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 10-12. The end of Rome’s great epic is about something Romans of Virgil’s generation knew very well indeed. War. Episode 57 Quiz: Episode 57 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 56: I Shall Release Hell (Virgil's Aeneid, Books 7-9)

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 7-9. Aeneas’ arrival in Italy begins auspiciously enough, but soon things take a turn for the worse. Episode 56 Quiz: Episode 56 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 55: Among the Shades (Virgil's Aeneid, Books 4-6)

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 4-6. The story of Dido and Aeneas, and his subsequent journey to the underworld, is the heart of Rome’s most famous poem. Episode 55 Quiz: Episode 55 Transcription: Bonus Content: Patreon:


Episode 54: Out of Troy (Virgil's Aeneid, Books 1-3)

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 1-3. The Aeneid is Rome’s great epic. Learn the story of its first three books, and when and why Virgil began writing it. Episode 54 Quiz: Episode 54 Transcription: Episode 54 Song: "The Epic Cycle Waltz" Bonus...


Episode 53: Then Came Hard Iron (Virgil's Georgics)

Virgil’s Georgics (c. 29 BCE), or agriculture poems, show the poet reaching his full strength as a writer, and using an old form to analyze the history around him. Episode 53 Quiz: Episode 53 Transcription: Episode 53 Song: "The Ancient Republican" Bonus...