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

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

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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


Episodes

067 Hephaistos and Hermes

1/14/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Hephaistos and Hermes

Duration: 00:56:36


066 The Athenian Agora

12/17/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the construction, the history, and the significance of the Athenian Agora, and a description of its many civic buildings that served as the nerve center for Athenian democracy, as well as the rest of the Periclean Building Program (the Temple of Hephaestus and Odeon in Athens, the Telesterion at Eleusis, and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/12/066-athenian-agora.html The History of Ancient Greece...

Duration: 00:44:57


065 The Athenian Acropolis

12/10/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the construction, the history, and the significance of the main buildings on the Athenian Acropolis (the Parthenon, The Propylaia, The Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and a few others); together, these buildings mark the high point of the glorification of Athens, and the Acropolis thus became a confident assertion of Athens’ cultural leadership of Greece, a bold endorsement of her self-image, and a dazzling instrument of political propaganda, with the...

Duration: 00:52:34


064 The Protectress of Athens

12/3/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, craftsmanship, and strategic warfare who served as a kind of symbol for the city of Athens and civilization in general Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/12/064-protectress-of-athens.html

Duration: 00:57:11


063 The Lord of the Sea

11/26/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Poseidon, the violent and unpredictable god who ruled over the sea Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/11/063-lord-of-sea.html

Duration: 00:43:10


062 Agricultural Festivals

11/19/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the Attic calendar year with a focus on the agricultural festivals; starting in the fall at the time of sowing we work our way around the year, month-by-month; particular focus is given to the Thesmophoria and the Eleusinian Mysteries but a dozen or so other festivals are described Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/11/062-agricultural-festivals.html Intro by Travis Dow of Podcastnik Website: http://www.podcastnik.com Twitter:...

Duration: 01:00:20


061 The "Two Goddesses"

11/12/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the defining myth of Demeter and Persephone (that being her abduction by Hades), as well as the various ways in which these two were worshipped in the Peloponnese and in Magna Graecia (not including Eleusis and Athens) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/11/061-two-goddesses.html Intro by Steve Guerra of the History of the Papacy Podcast Website: https://www.atozhistorypage.com Facebook:...

Duration: 00:45:21


060 The Underworld

10/31/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the mysterious, shadowy figure of Hades (king of the Underworld), necromancy (the summoning of the dead), and Homer's description of the abode of Hades in Book Eleven of the Odyssey and then comparing and contrasting that with the description found in Virgil's Aeneid Book Six, all while taking a tour of the Underworld, its major features, and its inhabitants. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/10/060-underworld.html Intro by Chad...

Duration: 01:01:55


059 Olympian Zeus

10/26/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the mighty patriarch who ruled over Mount Olympus Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/10/059-olympian-zeus.html Intro by Lee Accomando of the Viking Age Podcast Website: http://vikingagepodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vikingagepod Twitter: https://twitter.com/VikingAgePod

Duration: 00:54:44


058 Classical Temples

10/17/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the innovation during the 5th century BC in the realm of temple building (outside of Attica); included are the temple of Aphaia at Aegina, the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Hera II at Poseidonia (Paestum), the Temple of Victory at Himera, the Temple of Apollo at Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples at Akragas, the Temple of Hera at Selinus, and the unfinished temple at Segesta, and the Temple of Apollo at Bassae Show Notes:...

Duration: 00:45:29


057 Classical Paintings

10/10/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the innovation during the 5th century BC in the realm of vase, wooden panel, and wall paintings Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/10/057-classical-paintings.html Intro by Ray Belli of the Words for Granted Podcast Website: http://www.wordsforgranted.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordsforgranted Twitter: https://twitter.com/wordsforgranted

Duration: 00:54:06


056 Classical Sculptures

9/30/2017
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In this episode, we discuss the innovation taking during the 5th century BC in the realm of free-standing statuary in the round, stelai, and architectural relief Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/09/056-classical-sculptures.html Intro by Laura Carlson of The Feast Podcast Website: http://www.thefeastpodcast.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/Feast_Podcast

Duration: 01:02:38


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

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