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The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.

The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.

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United States

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The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of the archaeological evidence. And we won't just detail their military and political history, but their society, how the Greeks lived day-to-day, as well as their culture—their art, architecture, philosophy, literature, religion, science, and all the other incredible aspects of the Greek achievement , while situating the Greeks within a multicultural Mediterranean whose peoples influenced and were influenced by one another.

Language:

English


Episodes

***Introducing Lyceum***

3/26/2020
I’m thrilled to announce that The History of Ancient Greece podcast is now a member of Lyceum, a new app that makes it easy to discover great educational podcasts and chat with other passionate listeners. To download it to your phone, go to lyceum.fm or search for "Lyceum" in your preferred "app store". Then, check out The History of Ancient Greece's discussion room to hang out with me and other listeners.

Duration:00:00:54

101 Disaster in Sicily

3/18/2020
In this episode, we discuss the year 413 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the rise of Archelaus to the Macedonian throne, the Spartan establishment of Decelea, the defeats by the Athenian army and navy at Syracuse, and the retreat and ultimate surrender of the Athenians, which brought the Sicilian Expedition to an end Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/03/101-disaster-in-sicily.html Intro by Seth Michels of the History Uncensored Podcast Website:...

Duration:01:50:27

***Bonus Episode of Decipher History's Alexander: succession, 'The Great,' and sooo many Alexandrias w/ Ryan Stitt***

3/10/2020
Meta Versions! So many versions. The best version of the film: The Ultimate Cut. Setting the scene Ancient Greece after 300. The Peloponnesian War (which Ryan is in the middle ofon his show!). The rise of Philip. Olympias. Philip Putting Macedon at center stage in ancient Greece. Technical and logistical innovations. Planning the invasion of Persia right before his suspiciously untimely death. The purge Alexander and Olypmias. Purging royal competition in the ancient world. Plutarch...

Duration:01:18:31

100 A Sicilian Stalemate

2/13/2020
In this episode, we discuss the years 415-414 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the Athenian attempt at blockading Syracuse, the death of Lamachos, the tactical blunders of Nikias, the arrival of Gylippus, and the "Birds" of Aristophanes Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/02/100-sicilian-stalemate.html Intro by Neil Eckart of the War and Conquest Podcast Website: https://www.warandconquest.com Facebook:...

Duration:01:23:44

099 Frustrations and Poor Decisions

1/5/2020
In this episode, we discuss the years 417-415 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the ostracism of Hyperbolus, the rivalry of Nikias and Alcibiades, the siege of Melos, the lead up and first year of the Sicilian Expedition, and the prosecutions for the Hermai and Eleusinian Mysteries scandals Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2020/01/099-frustrations-and-poor-decisions.html Intro by Kate Armstrong of The Exploress Podcast Website:...

Duration:01:40:18

098 The Peace Unravels

12/1/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 421-418 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the breakdowns of the Peace of Nikias; the rise of Alcibiades to prominence at Athens; the differences that arose between Sparta and some of their dissident allies; the diplomatic maneuverings that resulted in the quadruple alliance between Athens, Argos, Mantinea, and Elis; and the decisive Spartan victory at the Battle of Mantinea Show Notes: ...

Duration:01:51:42

**Special Guest Episode on Mesopotamian Medicine w/Moudhy Al-Rashid**

11/10/2019
In this special guest episode, Dr. Moudhy Al-Rashid and I discuss ancient Mesopotamian medicine, in general, and her current research on the use of metaphor in descriptions of mental distress in cuneiform medical texts Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/11/special-guest-episode-on-mesopotamian.html Dr Moudhy Al-Rashid Post-Doc at Wolfson College, University of Oxford Twitter: https://twitter.com/Moudhy

Duration:00:53:41

**Special Guest Episode on Classical Monsters and Popular Culture w/Liz Gloyn**

10/6/2019
In this special guest episode, Dr. Liz Gloyn and I discuss her forthcoming book, Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019). This work is the first in-depth study on classical reception and monsters in Anglo-American popular culture from the 1950s to the present day. Throughout the book, Dr. Gloyn reveals the trends behind how we have used the monsters, and develops a broad theory of the ancient monster and its life after antiquity, investigating its...

Duration:00:55:35

097 The Road to Peace

9/29/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 423-421 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the death of Artaxerxes and the succession struggle that ends with Darius II on the Persian throne; the continuation of Brasidas' Thracian and Macedonian campaign; the ‘Wasps’ and ‘Peace’ by Aristophanes; and the deaths of Brasidas and Kleon during the second battle of Amphipolis, culminating in the “Peace of Nikias” and the end of the Archidamian War Show Notes:...

Duration:01:52:23

096 Athens on the Offensive

9/8/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 425 and 424 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the conclusion of the First Sicilian Expedition and the Congress of Gela, the Athenian seizure of Kythera, the Battles of Megara and Delium, and the beginning of Brasidas' Thracian campaign Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/09/096-athens-on-offensive.html Intro by SandRhoman YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pr_dQxm2Ns2KlzRSx5FZA Facebook:...

Duration:01:41:35

095 The Greek World Turned Upside Down

8/18/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 426 and 425 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the current nature of Athenian politics as dominated by Kleon the anti-aristocratic demagogue, his feud with Aristophanes as seen in the comedic plays "The Acharnians" and "The Knights", the Battles of Pylos and Sphacteria that turned the Greek world upside down, and the brutal conclusion to the Corcyraean civil war Show Notes:...

Duration:02:05:48

**Special Guest Episode on Being a Modern Homeric Bard w/Joe Goodkin**

7/7/2019
In this special guest episode, I am joined by Joe Goodkin, a Chicago-based singer/songwriter, who tours the country performing his one-man folk-opera interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey. We discuss what it’s like to be a modern bard and how that has shaped his understanding of the Homeric poems and ancient audiences, as well as what it means to be “non-traditional” classicists, and what we can do and have been able to do to promote Classics to a general audience and why that is...

Duration:01:10:53

**Special Guest Episode on Translating Thucydides’ Speeches w/Johanna Hanink**

6/23/2019
In this special guest episode, Dr Johanna Hanink and I discuss her most recent book, How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Princeton University Press, 2019), what it was like to translate Thucydides, and the deeper meaning behind many of his speeches Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/06/special-guest-episode-on-translating.html Dr Johanna Hanink Associate Professor of Classics at Brown University Website:...

Duration:01:15:42

094 New Leaders and New Strategies

5/26/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 427 and 426 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the destruction of Plataea, stasis in both Megara and Corcyra, and Athenian campaigns in Sicily, central Greece, and northwestern Greece Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/05/094-new-leaders-and-new-strategies.html Intro by Trevor Culley of the History of Persia Podcast Website: https://historyofpersiapodcast.wordpress.com Facebook:...

Duration:01:26:05

093 Revolt in the Empire

5/19/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 428 and 427 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the introduction of Kleon and Nikias, the revolt of Mytilene (Lesbos) from the Athenian empire, and a "prison-style breakout" from Plataea Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/05/093-revolt-in-empire.html Intro by Rachel and Aisling of the Good Book Podcast Website: http://goodbookpod.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoodBookPodcast

Duration:01:05:43

092 The End of an Era (Part II)

5/12/2019
In this episode, we discuss the years 430 and 429 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including a failed Spartan invasion of Zakynthos and Acarnania, Phormio's naval victories at Rhium and Naupactus, an Athenian debacle at Spartolos, the end of the siege of Potidaea, the death of Pericles and Phormio, and a Thracian invasion of Macedonia. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/05/092-end-of-era-part-ii.html Intro by Ryan Paulsen of Lexitecture Website:...

Duration:01:32:41

091 Attrition and Plague

4/28/2019
In this episode, we discuss the first year and a half of the war (431-430 BC), as both Sparta and Athens initiated their war strategies, including a Theban sneak attack on Plataea that began the war, Peloponnesian land raids on Attica, Athenian naval raids on the Peloponnese and northwestern Greece, Athenian alliances with Odrysian Thrace, a famous funeral oration by Pericles, and a deadly plague that devastated Athens Show Notes:...

Duration:01:11:07

090 The Road to War

4/21/2019
In this episode, we discuss the two events over 433/2 BC that led Pericles to claim that he could see war "coming out of the Peloponnese” (the Potidaean Revolt and the Megarian Embargo); the speeches given by the Corinthians, Spartans, and Athenians on the eve of war; and both sides' financial and military resources, war aims, and tactical strategies. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/04/090-road-to-war.html Intro by Gary Girod of The French History...

Duration:01:26:56

***Introducing Parcast's Espionage***

4/15/2019
This is a special preview episode of Parcast's Espionage "Not all spies look like James Bond and Ethan Hunt. Most of them look like ordinary people, which makes them all the more dangerous... So what does it really take to be a spy? Every week, we cover a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Each two-part series follows one mission of a historic spy, and if they made it out alive." Parcast's Espionage Website:...

Duration:00:15:03

**Special Guest Episode on Ten Caesars w/Barry Strauss**

4/14/2019
In this special guest episode, Dr Barry Strauss and I discuss the content and the methodology behind his new book, the Ten Caesars, his podcast Antiquitas, the importance of public history and writing for non-scholars, and leadership lessons from the ancient world. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2019/04/special-guest-episode-on-ten-caesars.html Dr Barry Strauss Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University ***You can order Dr. Strauss' book here (Simon &...

Duration:00:37:21