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A podcast series covering Ancient Greek political, social, and cultural history from prehistory to the Roman conquest

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English


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055 The Dionysian Mysteries

9/15/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the Great Mother Cybele and her influence on the cult of Dionysos; some of the myths and the iconography of Dionysos; and Euripides’ Bacchae and the elements of Dionysiac worship Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/09/055-dionysian-mysteries.html

Duration: 00:57:13


054 Old Comedy and Aristophanes

9/6/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the Lenaia, the intricacies of Athenian Old Comedy, and what is known about the lives and works of the earliest comedic poets, including Aristophanes, whose eleven surviving works effectively define the genre today Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/09/054-old-comedy-and-aristophanes.html

Duration: 00:54:17


053 Euripides at War

8/28/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the plays of Euripides that he produced against the backdrop of the Peloponnesian War (Children of Herakles, Andromache, Hecuba, Suppliants, Electra, Madness of Herakles, Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Tauris, Ion, Helen, Phoenician Women, Orestes, and Iphigenia at Aulis, excluding the Bacchae) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/08/053-euripides-at-war.html

Duration: 01:02:14


052 Early Euripides

8/15/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the life, innovations, and works of the third great Athenian playwright, Euripides; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his earliest surviving plays--Cyclops, Rhesus, Alcestis, Medea, and Hippolytus Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/08/052-early-euripides.html Intro by Sam Hume of the The History of Witchcraft podcast Website: http://witchcraftpodcast.libsyn.com Facebook:...

Duration: 00:54:44


051 Sophocles

8/6/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the life, innovations, and works of the second great Athenian playwright, Sophocles; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his surviving plays—Antigone, Ajax, Oedipus Rex, The Women of Trachis, Philoctetes, Electra, and Oedipus at Colonus This episode is brought to you by Audible. With an unmatched selection of audiobooks, listeners to the History of Ancient Greece can get a free audiobook with a 30-day free trial at...

Duration: 00:55:53


050 Early Tragedy and Aeschylus

7/23/2017
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In this episode, we discuss what is known about the lives and works of the earliest tragic poets that set the stage for the first great Athenian playwright, Aeschylus, to make all sorts of theatrical innovations at the onset of the Classical Period; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his seven surviving plays--The Persians, Prometheus Bound, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and the trilogy known as the Oresteia (which includes Agamemnon, The Libation...

Duration: 00:55:08


049 Theater and the Dionysia

7/9/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the origins of drama; the Dionysia festival (both Rural and City); the physical space of the theater; and the components of tragedy and comedy Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/07/049-theater-and-dionysia.html

Duration: 00:46:25


048 Food, Wine, and the Symposium

7/2/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the ancient Greek diet; the economic, religious, and medicinal role of wine; the festival of Anthesteria; and the symposium Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/07/048-food-wine-and-symposium.html

Duration: 00:47:55


047 Herakles: From Zero to Hero

6/21/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the various myths of Herakles, his iconography and the various ways in which he was worshipped, and his role as a pan-European hero Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/06/047-herakles-from-zero-to-hero.html

Duration: 01:02:41


046 Monsters and Heroes

6/13/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the lives of various mythic heroes, including Cadmus, Perseus, Sisyphus and Bellerophon, Tantalus and Pelops, Atreus and Thyestes, Tyndareus and the Dioscuri, Ixion and Pirithous, and Meleager

Duration: 01:06:10


045 Music and Victory Odes

6/4/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the various types of ancient Greek musical instruments during the Classical Period and their uses and the lives and works of the three great 5th century BC lyric poets who pioneered the epinikion (victory ode)--Simonides, Bacchylides, and Pindar

Duration: 00:56:28


044 Democracy under Pericles

5/14/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the democratic machinations of Classical Athens, including the magistracies, the prytaneis, the ekklesia, the law courts, and the liturgies

Duration: 00:55:36


043 Imperial Athens

5/7/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the years spanning 454-446 BC, covering Athens' increasingly imperialistic behavior and the final years of the First Peloponnesian War Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/05/043-imperial-athens.html

Duration: 00:49:26


042 The Undeclared War

4/30/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the years spanning 461-454 BC, covering the early part of the First Peloponnesian War / "The Undeclared War" Show Notes: www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/05/…war.html

Duration: 00:45:52


041 The End of an Era

4/23/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the battle of the Eurymedon River; Sparta's clashes with the anti-Spartan coalition of Argos, Tegea, Elis, and Mantinea; the assassination of Xerxes and eventual ascension to the Persian throne of his son, Artaxerxes; Themistocles' medism trial and his defection to the court of Artaxerxes; the revolt of Thasos from the Delian League; the debilitating earthquake in the Peloponnese; the ostracism of Cimon and the reforms and assasination of Ephialtes; and the...

Duration: 00:53:16


040 War Hawks and Peace Doves

4/16/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Persian Wars and how the Athenians and Spartans both come to terms with the new state of affairs; the formation of the Delian League; and the political factions in Athens and Sparta and their struggle to dictate foreign policy in the 470s BC Intro by Rob Sims of the History in the Making Podcast Website: http://www.hitmpodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hitmpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/HITMpodcast

Duration: 01:22:17


039 The Greek Counterattack

4/9/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the tensions between the Spartan-Athenian alliance during the winter of 480/79 BC, their eventual makeup (sort of), and the Greek counterattack against the Persians in spring 479 BC, culminating in the twin victories at the battles of Plataea and Mycale, effectively ending the first phase of the Greco-Persian wars Intro by Charlie of The Almost Forgotten Podcast Website: http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/thealmostforgot

Duration: 01:05:37


038 Behind the Wooden Walls

3/26/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the events leading up to, the battle of Salamis itself, and its aftermath Intro by Katy and Nathan of Queens Podcast Website: http://queenspodcast.libsyn.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QueensPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/Queens_Podcast

Duration: 00:56:29


037 Molon Labe

3/19/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the ascension of Xerxes to the Persian throne; Xerxes' preparations for his invasion of Greece; the Hellenic league and their preparations to defend Greece; and the simultaneous land and sea battles of Thermopylae and Artemisium Intro by Nitin Sil of the Flash Point History Podcast Website: http://flashpointhx.podomatic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FLASHPOINTHX Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlashpointHx

Duration: 01:16:18


036 The Marathonomachoi

3/12/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the events leading up to, the battle of Marathon itself, and its aftermath; the folklore that grew up after Marathon; and the internal political happenings of Athens during the 480s BC Intro by Roxanne of the Mythology Translated Podcast Website: http://mythologytranslated.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mythtrans

Duration: 01:14:03

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