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Ancient Greece Declassified

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Ancient Greece Declassified
Ancient Greece Declassified

Ancient Greece Declassified

Dr. Lantern Jack

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The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.

Latest Episodes

27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

What methods and institutions do oligarchic regimes use to maintain their power? How do they fend off the threat of democratic revolution? What happened to the many oligarchies of the ancient Mediterranean? All of these questions and more are explored in this second part of our conversation with historian Matt Simonton, author of Classical Greek Oligarchy. ------------------ Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation: paypal.me/greecepodcast ------------------ Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation: Democracy: A Life, by Paul Cartledge

40 MINOCT 1
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27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

How do ancient oligarchies compare with modern authoritarian regimes? How did civil war in oligarchies differ from civil war in democracies? What does the age-old ideological struggle between democracy and oligarchy imply about our future? These are just a few of the questions we discuss on this and the next episode. This episode covers: what oligarchy actually is, and how this political form arose in the first place. The next episode – Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis – is going to be about the institutions of oligarchic regimes, how they maintained their power, and how they tended to break down in the end. Joining us is ancient historian Matt Simonton of Arizona State University, author of the book Classical Greek Oligarchy, which won the Runciman Award in 2018. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed, hard-cover edition ofClassical Greek Oligarchy. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by host Kate Armstrong ofThe Exploress Podcast,...

41 MINSEP 1
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26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

25 The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks (Presocratics, Parmenides, Heraclitus)

According to the historical evidence, the first stirrings of philosophical inquiry began 2600 years ago in ancient Greece with a group of thinkers known as the Presocratics (or pre-Socratics).In this episode we try to shed light on these early pioneers of philosophy. Our guest is André Laks, professor of ancient philosophy at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Laks is the co-editor of the recent 9-volume Harvard Loeb edition of the early Greek philosophical fragments – the first comprehensive edition to be made in over a hundred years. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed, hard-cover edition of Laks' bookThe Concept of Presocratic Philosophy. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by host Drew Vahrencamp ofWonders of the World,a podcast that explores the most amazing historical sites around the world and the stories behind them (plus travel & food tips for visiting them). Check it out on your favorite app or at:wonderspodcast.com ------------------ Support us on Patreon:patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation:paypal.me/greecepodcast

55 MINAUG 1
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25 The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks (Presocratics, Parmenides, Heraclitus)

24 A History of Inequality w/ Walter Scheidel

We live at a time of increasing economic inequality worldwide. What is driving this trend? And what are the factors that can stabilize or even reduce levels of inequality? Answering this question empirically would require a deep dive into the archives of history. One would have to sift through millennia of economic data across continents and civilizations. Our guest today took on this gargantuan task of writing a “global survey that covers the broad sweep of observable history” regarding inequality (as he puts it). Walter Scheidel is professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. He is a prolific author, and one of the most cited historians of Rome alive today.In 2017 he rekindled the debate about the history of inequality with the publication of his bookThe Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. ------------------ ANNOUNCEMENT: Jeff Wright's long-awaited serial reimagining of Homer's Odyssey has finally launched! C...

52 MINJUN 1
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24 A History of Inequality w/ Walter Scheidel

23 Greek Religion and Its Discontents w/ Barbara Graziosi

How did the ancient Greek religion evolve? What was the meaning of sacrifice and other rituals? Did atheism exist back then? How about alternative religions? We explore all these topics and more in conversation with Barbara Graziosi, professor of classics at Princeton University and author of the bookThe Gods of Olympus. Stay tuned at the end of the episode to learn how you can win an autographed hard copy ofThe Gods of Olympus. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Elizabeth from theFootnoting Historypodcast. OnFootnoting History, Elizabeth and a team of academic historians share their favorite stories from across history. With 200 episodes to date, you can pretty much find any historical topic you're interested in. Check them out on your podcast app or atwww.footnotinghistory.com ------------------ Support us on Patreon:http://patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation:http://paypal.me/greecepodcast

44 MINMAY 1
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23 Greek Religion and Its Discontents w/ Barbara Graziosi

22 Rome's Lost Epics w/ Rhiannon Evans (Ennius, Gnaeus Naevius)

The oldest Roman epics we have were produced during the Roman Empire. But before becoming an empire, Rome was a powerful republic for hundreds of years. What happened to the Roman epics from the republican period? In this episode, we examine the evidence from this fascinating yet elusive early period, when Rome was a powerful Republic, but there were still other powerful states around, all competing for cultural prestige. Our guest on the show is someone who has spent years studying the early fragments as well as the later complete epics of the empire. Rhiannon Evans lectures in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a veteran podcaster, being one of the lead voices on the Emperors of Rome podcast, and has published several of her lecture series as free podcasts as well. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Brandon Huebner of the Maritime History Podcast, a show exploring the major naval powers of history and how their destinies were shaped by the sea. Check out the Maritime History Podcast on your podcast app of click here. ------------------ Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/greecepodcast Or donate via Paypal: http://paypal.me/greecepodcast

54 MINAPR 13
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22 Rome's Lost Epics w/ Rhiannon Evans (Ennius, Gnaeus Naevius)

21 How to Succeed in the Iron Age w/ Alicia Stallings

Hesiod's didactic epicWorks and Daysis probably most famous for containing the stories of Prometheus and Pandora. But these tales are part of a greater mission of explaining how one can live justly and succeed in a harsh world. Our guest today is widely recognized as having produced the best translation of theWorks and Daysinto English. Alicia Stallings is an acclaimed poet, author, McArthur fellow, and translator of Hesiod and of Lucretius. If you would like to read theWorks and Days, get yourself a copy of her translation. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Derek ofTheHellenistic AgePodcast,a show exploring the vast arena of cultures impacted by the conquests of Alexander the Great. Check outThe Hellenistic Age Podcaston your podcast app or click here.

46 MINMAR 22
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21 How to Succeed in the Iron Age w/ Alicia Stallings

20 How Democracies Fall Apart w/ Melissa Lane (stasis, Thucydides, Plato)

Hundreds of city-states in the ancient world experimented with democracy. Most of them experienced some kind of civil strife at some point. What caused these breakdowns of social order, and are we headed towards a similar fate? In this episode we explore the phenomenon of political polarization (stasis in Greek), its causes, and the solutions that ancient thinkers offered to prevent it from happing. Our guest is Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics and associated faculty of Philosophy and Classics at Princeton University, where she is also the director of the University Center for Human Values. Her most recent book is The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why they Matter. BOOK GIVEAWAY: To win a copy of The Birth of Politics, autographed by Melissa Lane, go to our Facebook pageand share our latest post announcing this episode. Then, from our page, send us a message with the word "shared." On March 10 we will randomly select a winner. ------------------ The ...

50 MINFEB 22
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20 How Democracies Fall Apart w/ Melissa Lane (stasis, Thucydides, Plato)

19 America's Greco-Roman Legacies w/ Caroline Winterer

At a time when kings and emperors ruled the world, the Founding Fathers of the US were striving to resurrect a millennia-old dream: that of a free republic. Drawing inspiration from ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, and Carthage, they helped craft a society that was at once radically new and rooted in antiquity. Joining us to explore the influence of classical models on early American history is Caroline Winterer, professor of American History and of Classics at Stanford University and director of Stanford's Center for Humanities. Winterer is the author ofAmerican Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reasonand ofThe Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750–1900among many other books and articles exploring the connections between antiquity and the early American experience. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by hosts Bry and Fry of thePontifactspodcast, offering a humorous history of the papacy from Peter to Pope Fran...

50 MINJAN 3
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19 America's Greco-Roman Legacies w/ Caroline Winterer

18 A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)

What can anthropology tell us about the origins of humanity's oldest epic stories? And what can these epics, in turn, tell us about our undying fascination with heroes?Joining us to explore these topics and more are Gregory Nagy, professor of classics at Harvard University and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, as well as Leonard Muellner, professor emeritus at Brandeis University and director for publications at the Center for Hellenic Studies. If you would like to learn more about ancient epics and heroes, Gregory Nagy has an online course you can take from Harvard, called “The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 hours.” It may just be the best online classics course available right now. And it is completely free to audit. Check it out at: https://www.edx.org/course/the-ancient-greek-hero For those of you looking for more podcasts on ancient Greece, History in the Makingis a show that is definitely worth checking out. The first season covers the Classical Athens ...

49 MIN2018 SEP 11
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18 A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)

Latest Episodes

27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

What methods and institutions do oligarchic regimes use to maintain their power? How do they fend off the threat of democratic revolution? What happened to the many oligarchies of the ancient Mediterranean? All of these questions and more are explored in this second part of our conversation with historian Matt Simonton, author of Classical Greek Oligarchy. ------------------ Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation: paypal.me/greecepodcast ------------------ Scholarly works mentioned during the conversation: Democracy: A Life, by Paul Cartledge

40 MINOCT 1
Comments
27 Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonton

26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

How do ancient oligarchies compare with modern authoritarian regimes? How did civil war in oligarchies differ from civil war in democracies? What does the age-old ideological struggle between democracy and oligarchy imply about our future? These are just a few of the questions we discuss on this and the next episode. This episode covers: what oligarchy actually is, and how this political form arose in the first place. The next episode – Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis – is going to be about the institutions of oligarchic regimes, how they maintained their power, and how they tended to break down in the end. Joining us is ancient historian Matt Simonton of Arizona State University, author of the book Classical Greek Oligarchy, which won the Runciman Award in 2018. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed, hard-cover edition ofClassical Greek Oligarchy. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by host Kate Armstrong ofThe Exploress Podcast,...

41 MINSEP 1
Comments
26 Oligarchy, Part 1: Genesis w/ Matt Simonton

25 The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks (Presocratics, Parmenides, Heraclitus)

According to the historical evidence, the first stirrings of philosophical inquiry began 2600 years ago in ancient Greece with a group of thinkers known as the Presocratics (or pre-Socratics).In this episode we try to shed light on these early pioneers of philosophy. Our guest is André Laks, professor of ancient philosophy at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Laks is the co-editor of the recent 9-volume Harvard Loeb edition of the early Greek philosophical fragments – the first comprehensive edition to be made in over a hundred years. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a chance to win an autographed, hard-cover edition of Laks' bookThe Concept of Presocratic Philosophy. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by host Drew Vahrencamp ofWonders of the World,a podcast that explores the most amazing historical sites around the world and the stories behind them (plus travel & food tips for visiting them). Check it out on your favorite app or at:wonderspodcast.com ------------------ Support us on Patreon:patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation:paypal.me/greecepodcast

55 MINAUG 1
Comments
25 The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks (Presocratics, Parmenides, Heraclitus)

24 A History of Inequality w/ Walter Scheidel

We live at a time of increasing economic inequality worldwide. What is driving this trend? And what are the factors that can stabilize or even reduce levels of inequality? Answering this question empirically would require a deep dive into the archives of history. One would have to sift through millennia of economic data across continents and civilizations. Our guest today took on this gargantuan task of writing a “global survey that covers the broad sweep of observable history” regarding inequality (as he puts it). Walter Scheidel is professor of Classics and History at Stanford University. He is a prolific author, and one of the most cited historians of Rome alive today.In 2017 he rekindled the debate about the history of inequality with the publication of his bookThe Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. ------------------ ANNOUNCEMENT: Jeff Wright's long-awaited serial reimagining of Homer's Odyssey has finally launched! C...

52 MINJUN 1
Comments
24 A History of Inequality w/ Walter Scheidel

23 Greek Religion and Its Discontents w/ Barbara Graziosi

How did the ancient Greek religion evolve? What was the meaning of sacrifice and other rituals? Did atheism exist back then? How about alternative religions? We explore all these topics and more in conversation with Barbara Graziosi, professor of classics at Princeton University and author of the bookThe Gods of Olympus. Stay tuned at the end of the episode to learn how you can win an autographed hard copy ofThe Gods of Olympus. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Elizabeth from theFootnoting Historypodcast. OnFootnoting History, Elizabeth and a team of academic historians share their favorite stories from across history. With 200 episodes to date, you can pretty much find any historical topic you're interested in. Check them out on your podcast app or atwww.footnotinghistory.com ------------------ Support us on Patreon:http://patreon.com/greecepodcast Or make a one-time donation:http://paypal.me/greecepodcast

44 MINMAY 1
Comments
23 Greek Religion and Its Discontents w/ Barbara Graziosi

22 Rome's Lost Epics w/ Rhiannon Evans (Ennius, Gnaeus Naevius)

The oldest Roman epics we have were produced during the Roman Empire. But before becoming an empire, Rome was a powerful republic for hundreds of years. What happened to the Roman epics from the republican period? In this episode, we examine the evidence from this fascinating yet elusive early period, when Rome was a powerful Republic, but there were still other powerful states around, all competing for cultural prestige. Our guest on the show is someone who has spent years studying the early fragments as well as the later complete epics of the empire. Rhiannon Evans lectures in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a veteran podcaster, being one of the lead voices on the Emperors of Rome podcast, and has published several of her lecture series as free podcasts as well. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Brandon Huebner of the Maritime History Podcast, a show exploring the major naval powers of history and how their destinies were shaped by the sea. Check out the Maritime History Podcast on your podcast app of click here. ------------------ Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/greecepodcast Or donate via Paypal: http://paypal.me/greecepodcast

54 MINAPR 13
Comments
22 Rome's Lost Epics w/ Rhiannon Evans (Ennius, Gnaeus Naevius)

21 How to Succeed in the Iron Age w/ Alicia Stallings

Hesiod's didactic epicWorks and Daysis probably most famous for containing the stories of Prometheus and Pandora. But these tales are part of a greater mission of explaining how one can live justly and succeed in a harsh world. Our guest today is widely recognized as having produced the best translation of theWorks and Daysinto English. Alicia Stallings is an acclaimed poet, author, McArthur fellow, and translator of Hesiod and of Lucretius. If you would like to read theWorks and Days, get yourself a copy of her translation. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by Derek ofTheHellenistic AgePodcast,a show exploring the vast arena of cultures impacted by the conquests of Alexander the Great. Check outThe Hellenistic Age Podcaston your podcast app or click here.

46 MINMAR 22
Comments
21 How to Succeed in the Iron Age w/ Alicia Stallings

20 How Democracies Fall Apart w/ Melissa Lane (stasis, Thucydides, Plato)

Hundreds of city-states in the ancient world experimented with democracy. Most of them experienced some kind of civil strife at some point. What caused these breakdowns of social order, and are we headed towards a similar fate? In this episode we explore the phenomenon of political polarization (stasis in Greek), its causes, and the solutions that ancient thinkers offered to prevent it from happing. Our guest is Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics and associated faculty of Philosophy and Classics at Princeton University, where she is also the director of the University Center for Human Values. Her most recent book is The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why they Matter. BOOK GIVEAWAY: To win a copy of The Birth of Politics, autographed by Melissa Lane, go to our Facebook pageand share our latest post announcing this episode. Then, from our page, send us a message with the word "shared." On March 10 we will randomly select a winner. ------------------ The ...

50 MINFEB 22
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20 How Democracies Fall Apart w/ Melissa Lane (stasis, Thucydides, Plato)

19 America's Greco-Roman Legacies w/ Caroline Winterer

At a time when kings and emperors ruled the world, the Founding Fathers of the US were striving to resurrect a millennia-old dream: that of a free republic. Drawing inspiration from ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, and Carthage, they helped craft a society that was at once radically new and rooted in antiquity. Joining us to explore the influence of classical models on early American history is Caroline Winterer, professor of American History and of Classics at Stanford University and director of Stanford's Center for Humanities. Winterer is the author ofAmerican Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reasonand ofThe Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750–1900among many other books and articles exploring the connections between antiquity and the early American experience. ------------------ The intro to this episode was provided by hosts Bry and Fry of thePontifactspodcast, offering a humorous history of the papacy from Peter to Pope Fran...

50 MINJAN 3
Comments
19 America's Greco-Roman Legacies w/ Caroline Winterer

18 A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)

What can anthropology tell us about the origins of humanity's oldest epic stories? And what can these epics, in turn, tell us about our undying fascination with heroes?Joining us to explore these topics and more are Gregory Nagy, professor of classics at Harvard University and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, as well as Leonard Muellner, professor emeritus at Brandeis University and director for publications at the Center for Hellenic Studies. If you would like to learn more about ancient epics and heroes, Gregory Nagy has an online course you can take from Harvard, called “The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 hours.” It may just be the best online classics course available right now. And it is completely free to audit. Check it out at: https://www.edx.org/course/the-ancient-greek-hero For those of you looking for more podcasts on ancient Greece, History in the Makingis a show that is definitely worth checking out. The first season covers the Classical Athens ...

49 MIN2018 SEP 11
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18 A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)
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