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Love ancient history? In my podcast I cover a range of topics from Greece and Rome. Whether you are someone new to the subject or a veteran there's something for you. There's even the odd pun. You can also find me on twitter @HoundAncient or my website www.ancientblogger.com

Love ancient history? In my podcast I cover a range of topics from Greece and Rome. Whether you are someone new to the subject or a veteran there's something for you. There's even the odd pun. You can also find me on twitter @HoundAncient or my website www.ancientblogger.com

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Love ancient history? In my podcast I cover a range of topics from Greece and Rome. Whether you are someone new to the subject or a veteran there's something for you. There's even the odd pun. You can also find me on twitter @HoundAncient or my website www.ancientblogger.com

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English


Episodes

Artemis with Dr Carla Ionescu.

9/12/2022
In this episode I'm joined by a guest expert Dr Carla Ionescu to discuss the goddess Artemis. There's so much about Artemis which is often left in the background so here we look into the aspects and associations of her you may not have heard of. From bloody rituals to a cake based rescue she's a fascinating deity. Episode notes at www.ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:01:21:10

Pompeii.

8/19/2022
In this minisode I unwrap the sequence of events which befell Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Modern studies and archaeology has enabled a narrative to be built of how the eruption played out. I also briefly cover a couple of controversies and myths of Pompeii. Given the situation there is reference to death and suffering. Find my other Pompeii content on a Pompeii page on my website www.ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:13:01

Piracy in Ancient Greece.

7/31/2022
How did piracy feature in ancient Greece? What was it and how did the Greeks respond? In this episode I give an overview from Homer through to the Hellenistic. Why not give it a listen and a review? Don't forget to head on over to www.ancientblogger.com for the episode notes! Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:35:18

Sappho's Ode to Aphrodite

7/2/2022
In this mini episode I pick out some themes from Sappho's famous poem. But that's not all - I also include a performance of it in ancient Greek courtesy of Seikilo. For more info, a reading list, more about Seikilo and transcription of the episode head over to www.ancientblogger.com - as you'll hear it's had a bit of an overhaul. If you can review or send feedback my way I'd be grateful. More importantly, keep safe and thanks for listening. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:15:27

The Oracle of Dodona.

6/4/2022
Over the course of 400 years people travelled to the Oracle of Dodona and asked questions. Some of these have survived and give an fascinating insight into what the people of ancient Greece were thinking. In this episode I take you through the history and background of the oracle before getting stuck into those questions. Perhaps less pig theft but certainly job and relationship advice. I reckon there's a few which are relevant today. Full episode notes and a transcription is available at...

Duration:00:26:49

The Second Punic War. Cannae.

4/23/2022
Time for the big one. Cannae is one of the most famous battles of antiquity. Not only did Rome suffer a crushing defeat but the tactics behind the victory have been studied by generals and military tacticians ever since. In this episode I discuss what happened in the lead up to it, trust me there's a drama at every turn. From dictators to deceptive cattle. Then there's the battle itself which I try to unpack to see how each side approached it and what tactics were used. Aside from the...

Duration:00:39:30

The Idea of Marathon with Dr Sonya Nevin.

3/28/2022
In her book, The Idea of Marathon, Dr Nevin explores the Battle of Marathon from different angles. Not just the events prior to it, but what we know about the battle and how later generations made sense of it all (this includes the modern period). Join us as we cover a lot of ground (historically inaccurate pun intended). There are complaining Greeks, disappearing horses and possibly the greatest canine art cameo ever. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:01:03:42

The Second Punic War. Trasimene

2/27/2022
The focus on Trasimene is often largely about the events of the day, but what is as interesting are the events leading up to it. What choices did Hannibal have and how did Rome try to anticipate him? As well as the battle I discuss the details and events leading up to the battle. A transcription and episode notes (with maps etc) can be found on www.ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:32:23

The Second Punic War. Trebia.

1/25/2022
The opening battle of the Second Punic War was to set the trend in many ways and anticipate much of what was to come. But how did it come about? Who were the figures involved, how did the conditions come into play and what exactly happened? In this episode I try to unpick the basics and some more detailed aspects. Full transcript and episode notes at ancientblogger.com. If you can rate or review please do - it really helps. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:35:04

Sex and Sexuality in ancient Rome with LJ Trafford

11/30/2021
It's time to welcome LJ Trafford back onto the podcast and talk about her new book, Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome. We discuss a number of topics, from homosexuality through to what the sexual expectations were of the time. What did the Romans view as acceptable and what was considered shameful? Obviously the content here is adult so please bear that it mind. If the platform you are listening on allows a review then why not? It really helps! Find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as well...

Duration:00:58:39

Fantasy Dinner Guests with Helen McVeigh

11/12/2021
Ever play the "who would you invite to a dinner party" game? Well, here is the ancient history and myth version. Joining me for the first episode is Helen McVeigh and we run through her 6 picks. You can find episode notes at ancientblogger.com which will include anything we have mentioned in the show (including Helen's book recommendations). Please rate and review if you can. FYI we do mention sexual violence (as per Greek myth). Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:01:08:27

Witches and demons in ancient Mesopotamia.

10/25/2021
In this episode I'm continuing the #NightofTheLivyDead Halloween tradition with a look at witches and demons in ancient Mesopotamia. How were they viewed? What made a witch? How did you counter a demon? And how does a magical river battle figure in all this? Listen and find out! Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:28:31

Jason of Pherae with guest Dr Michael Furman.

10/8/2021
In the 4th century BCE the region of Thessaly underwent a transformation. It went from being fractured to becoming a unified state under the leadership of Jason. In a short time Jason became a prominent player in Greece, earning the admiration of Xenophon and calling the shots after Leuctra. But then it all ended abruptly. How did he achieve this? What were his intentions and why is he overlooked? Join us and find out. Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:39:39

Thebes. Apex and Despair.

7/13/2021
It's the final of my Theban trilogy. In this episode I discuss the highs and lows for Thebes in the 4th century BCE. Along with covering the whirlwind of alliances and reprisals I help answer questions about ridding yourself of a Spartan garrison and interpreting gloomy spiders. Lots to cover so why not give it a go? If you haven't listened to the previous two then why not binge listen? Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:41:32

Thebes: Revenge and Rivalry.

5/31/2021
In this episode I discuss Thebes in the 5th century BCE. How did it fare after Plataea and what position was it in by the end of the century? Revenge, a sporting controversy and even the big stage feature. Lots to listen to! Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:40:52

The gardens of Pompeii with Jessica Venner.

4/24/2021
In this episode I talk with guest expert Jessica Venner all about what the gardens in Pompeii can tell us. We chat about what the gardens looked like, the problems of keeping up with the neighbours, what was grown and how they are comparable to gardens today. Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:01:27:40

Thebes. Walls, teeth and Persians.

4/3/2021
As part of a look at Thebes I start with the mythical foundation of the city before moving through to the very real aftermath of the Persian invasion. Athletic cows, wedding drama and walls. Something for everyone. I'll be releasing more episodes on Thebes in the future to continue the story of what happened next. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out. Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental). Artwork from Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Play it, it's a great game!

Duration:00:36:13

Trailer - why listen to the Ancient History Hound podcast?

3/20/2021
Here's yours truly giving a pep talk as to why you might want to subscribe to the show.

Duration:00:00:49

Leptis Magna and Septimius Severus with Maria Lloyd.

2/23/2021
Leptis Magna became a celebrated Roman city on the African shore and was the birthplace of the Emperor Septimius Severus. In this episode I chat with special guest Maria Lloyd all about how the city developed and grew. We then discuss Severus, how did he rise to power and what did he do? Politics, intrigue, betrayal and even whether it's Leptis or Lepcis. We cover loads - so get listening! Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:51:11

The origins of Greek Tragedy

1/24/2021
Classical Athens is famous for the introduction of theatre and Tragedy. But it didn't just appear out of nowhere. In this episode I try and piece together how it developed and ended up as a main component of the City Dionysia at Athens. All this with rude puppets, wild processions, the odd phallus and politics. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

Duration:00:37:54