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

12/10/2018
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Ovid’s Art of Love is ancient Rome’s manual of seduction – a record of the steamier side of the Augustan Age.

Duration:01:49:29

Episode 59: Early Ovid (Amores, Heroides)

11/13/2018
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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.

Duration:01:30:09

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

10/10/2018
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Propertius (c. 50-1 BCE) took the Latin elegiac form to new heights of complexity and passion, even weaving subtle satire throughout his work.

Duration:01:43:41

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

8/31/2018
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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.

Duration:01:58:24

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

8/13/2018
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Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 7-9. Aeneas’ arrival in Italy begins auspiciously enough, but soon things take a turn for the worse.

Duration:01:58:22

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

7/6/2018
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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.

Duration:02:23:08

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

5/31/2018
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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.

Duration:02:12:32

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

5/4/2018
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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.

Duration:01:52:53

Episode 52: White Flowers Die (Virgil's Eclogues)

4/11/2018
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Virgil’s Eclogues (c. 38 BCE) are poems about country life. Far from being innocent celebrations, though they are often cryptic filled with a haunting darkness.

Duration:01:49:39

Episode 51: Horace and Augustan Age Poetry

3/19/2018
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Horace (65-8 BCE) was a central figure in shaping Augustan Age tastes in satire and literary criticism. His bumbling, self conscious persona has been charming readers for millennia.

Duration:01:42:48

Episode 50: Our Brutal Age (Horace's Poetry)

2/18/2018
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The Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE), a contemporary of Augustus, endured wars, regime changes, and became a literary spokesman for the new principate.

Duration:01:52:24

Episode 49: The Strange Roots of Love (Catullus' Poetry)

1/30/2018
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Catullus (c. 85-54 BCE) is Rome’s most famous early poet. Departing from epic tradition, Catullus wrote a canon of short works that have been famous since antiquity.

Duration:01:54:59

Episode 48: The Right and the Expedient (Cicero's Career, 62-43 BCE)

1/15/2018
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Following his consulship, Cicero did his best to salvage the battered Republic, eventually going head to head with the powerful young general Mark Antony.

Duration:01:35:27

Episode 47: O Tempora, O Mores (Cicero's Career, 80-62 BCE)

12/20/2017
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The story of Cicero’s career is an epic tale, filled with courtroom dramas, corruption, conspiracy, greed, and Cicero’s own enduring hope for a better future.

Duration:01:41:36

Episode 46: The Republic at Twilight (Cicero's Early Life)

12/9/2017
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Cicero (106-43 BCE) was the undisputed master of the Latin language. During his first thirty years, he witnessed events that heralded the Republic’s end.

Duration:01:33:36

Episode 45: The Uncuttables (Lucretius' On the Nature of Things and Epicureanism)

11/15/2017
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Lucretius (c. 94-53 BCE) is our most important source for Epicurean philosophy, perhaps the most misunderstood school of thought from the ancient world.

Duration:01:49:48

Episode 44: Homo Sum (Terence's The Brothers)

10/19/2017
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The Roman playwright Terence (c. 184-159 BCE) produced a string of brilliant comedies in the 160s BCE. His masterpiece, The Brothers, continues to astonish us today.

Duration:01:55:16

Episode 43: On the Move (Plautus' The Rope)

9/28/2017
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Plautus (c. 254-184 BCE) was a prolific comedy writer. His late play, The Rope, captures the dizzying changes sweeping Rome after the Second Punic War.

Duration:01:55:14

Episode 42: The Beginnings of Roman Literature

9/17/2017
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Roman literature grew slowly from Greek traditions during the 300s and 200s BCE. Learn about its earliest figures, and how they paved the way for the Age of Cicero.

Duration:01:50:47

Episode 41: Everything So Far

5/2/2017
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A retrospective of everything L&H has covered so far, plus some special announcements.

Duration:01:22:50