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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


Episode 40: Hellenism and the Birth of the Self

4/24/2017
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The Hellenistic period – 330-30 BCE, saw Alexander’s successor kingdoms rotting away in the east, the rise of Rome, and the birth of modern consciousness.

Duration: 01:54:40


Episode 39: Medea and the Argonauts (Apollonius' Jason and the Argonauts)

4/4/2017
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Apollonius’ Jason and the Argonauts, Books 3-4. Mesmerizing Medea takes center stage at the Argonautica’s end, dominating the epic’s events.

Duration: 01:36:30


Episode 38: The Epic Anti-Hero

3/21/2017
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Jason and the Argonauts, Books 1-2. Journey with Jason to find the Golden Fleece, and learn about the Greco-Egyptian writer, Apollonius of Rhodes.

Duration: 01:51:45


Episode 37: The New Comedy (Menander's Old Cantankerous)

3/3/2017
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Menander’s Old Cantankerous (316 BCE), produced during the New Comedy period, shows theater beginning to take on its modern form.

Duration: 01:38:17


Episode 36: War and Peace and Sex (Aristophanes' Lysistrata)

2/22/2017
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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, with all of its nudity, sex, and explicit language, was nonetheless his most powerful salvo against the Peloponnesian War.

Duration: 01:40:26


Episode 35: The Great Thundercrap (Aristophanes' The Clouds)

2/7/2017
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Aristophanes’ The Clouds is a dazzling satire on Athenian philosophy, showing a very different Socrates than Plato’s.

Duration: 01:38:41


Episode 34: The Traditions of Our Forefathers (Euripides' The Bacchae)

1/24/2017
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Euripides’ The Bacchae, one of the darkest and bloodiest works of Ancient Greek tragedy, is about the spread of cult religions during the late Peloponnesian War.

Duration: 02:06:21


Episode 33: Woman the Barbarian (Euripides' Medea)

1/4/2017
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Euripides’ Medea is Ancient Greece’s most famous play. But what did it mean to the Athenians in 431 BCE who watched it on the Acropolis?

Duration: 01:56:34


Episode 32: Trees Bending to the Torrent (Sophocles' Antigone)

12/21/2016
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Sophocles’ Theban Plays, 3 of 3. Antigone is a timeless and dark story about a clash of wills. But it’s also fascinating snapshot of the philosophical brawls of 5th-century BCE Athens.

Duration: 01:59:56


Episode 31: The Requiem at Athens (Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus)

12/7/2016
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Sophocles’ Theban Plays, 2 of 3. Oedipus at Colonus, out of the ashes of the Peloponnesian War, is a story about a man who has lost everything but his own dignity.

Duration: 01:29:27


Episode 30: Two Legs in the Afternoon

11/23/2016
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Sophocles’ Theban Plays, 1 of 3. Oedipus the King is one of literature’s great stories. It’s also a haunting window into the fears of war torn Athens in 429 BCE.

Duration: 01:54:50


Episode 29: The Mound and the Furies

11/10/2016
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Aeschylus’ Oresteian Trilogy, 3 of 3. Pursued all the away to Athens by the monstrous Furies, will Orestes prevail, or be torn apart?

Duration: 01:28:56


Episode 28: A Mother's Curse

10/26/2016
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Aeschylus’ Oresteian Trilogy, 2 of 3. The infernal House of Atreus had witnessed almost every imaginable act of depravity. Except for one.

Duration: 01:36:34


Episode 27: The Bloody King

10/14/2016
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Aeschylus’ Oresteian Trilogy, 1 of 3. A terrible family curse. A wronged queen. The Trojan War was only the start of the bloodshed.

Duration: 01:53:06


Episode 26: Ancient Greek Theater

9/29/2016
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Masks. Choruses. Huge prosthetic penises. Before you read Sophocles, Euripides, and company, it’s a good idea to know a bit about Ancient Greek Theater.

Duration: 01:39:05


Episode 25: Lyrical Ballistics

9/14/2016
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The work of Sappho, Pindar, and other remarkable Greek lyric poets makes us question everything we think we know about poetry, what it is, and what it does.

Duration: 01:35:29


Episode 24: God May Relent

8/31/2016
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The Old Testament, Part 10 of 10. The seventeen Prophetic Books, produced during war and diaspora, are both despairingly bleak and searingly hopeful.

Duration: 01:35:40


Episode 23: Love. Desire. Exegesis.

8/24/2016
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The Old Testament, Part 9 of 10. What’s the Song of Songs doing in the Bible? Is it a pious hymn to God, or just a couple of horny lovers talking to each other?

Duration: 01:13:53

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