The History of Ancient Greece

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

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  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 19 Feb 2018

In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, love, sexual pleasure, and procreation Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/02/070-goddess-of-seduction.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 78 Minutes 05 Feb 2018

In this episode, we discuss the notion of the barbaroi in Greek culture; the origins and philosophical theories for slavery; and the legal status and type of roles (and importance) that slaves and metics (foreign residents) had in the Athenian economy Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/02/069-slaves-and-foreigners.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 78 Minutes 05 Feb 2018

In this episode, we discuss the notion of the barbaroi in Greek culture; the origins and philosophical theories for slavery; and the legal status and type of roles (and importance) that slaves and metics (foreign residents) had in the Athenian economy Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/02/069-slaves-and-foreigners.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 22 Jan 2018

In this episode, we discuss the various ways in which the ancient Greeks traveled, whether it was via land or sea; the physical layout of the port of Piraeus and the commercial activity that took place there; the mining district of Thorikos and how silver was mined for coinage and how coins were struck; farming techniques and how produce/goods were sold in the agora; the various types of manufacturing workshops at Athens and how they operated; and the disdain that the elites held for the merchant and manufacturing classes Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/01/068-travel-trade-and-work.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 15 Jan 2018

‪In this episode, we discuss the myths, iconography, and cultic worship of Hephaistos (the god of fire, metalworking, and blacksmiths) and Hermes (the messenger god of trade, deceit, travelers, and borders) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2018/01/067-hephaistos-and-hermes.html Intro by Abel Kay of The Tale of Rome Podcast Website: http://thetaleofrome.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/west4east. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 18 Dec 2017

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 is powered by CLNS Media Network and Today's episode is brought to you by Great Courses Plus. Enjoy unlimited access to all of their courses FREE for One Month – but you need to sign up through THOAG's special URL @ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/Greece. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 11 Dec 2017

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 result that many people later would consider the Athenian Acropolis to be the symbol of the legacy and the glories of Classical Greece Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/12/065-athenian-acropolis.html The History of Ancient Greece is powered by CLNS Media Network and Today's episode is brought to you by Great Courses Plus. Enjoy unlimited access to all of their courses FREE for One Month – but you need to sign up through THOAG's special URL @ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/Greece. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 04 Dec 2017

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 The History of Ancient Greece is powered by CLNS Media Network and Today's episode is brought to you by Great Courses Plus. Enjoy unlimited access to all of their courses FREE for One Month – but you need to sign up through THOAG's special URL @ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/Greece. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 27 Nov 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 20 Nov 2017

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: https://twitter.com/podcastnik The History of Ancient Greece is powered by CLNS Media Network and Today's episode is brought to you by Great Courses Plus. Enjoy unlimited access to all of their courses FREE for One Month – but you need to sign up through THOAG's special URL @ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/Greece. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 13 Nov 2017

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: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryOfThePapacyPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/atozhistory The History of Ancient Greece is powered by CLNS Media Network and Today's episode is brought to you by Great Courses Plus. Enjoy unlimited access to all of their courses FREE for One Month – but you need to sign up through THOAG's special URL @ https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/Greece. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 30 Oct 2017

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 Davies of The Scientific Odyssey Podcast Website: http://thescientificodyssey.typepad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thescientificodyssey Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaddavies. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 23 Oct 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 16 Oct 2017

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: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/10/058-classical-temples.html Intro by Ben Jacobs of the Wittenberg to Westphalia: Wars of the Reformation Podcast Website: http://wittenbergtowestphaliapodcast.weebly.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wittenbergtowestphalia Twitter: https://twitter.com/w2wpodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 09 Oct 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 25 Sep 2017

In this episode, we discuss the innovation 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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 11 Sep 2017

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 Intro by Savannah Marquardt of Ritual Podcast Website: https://www.ritualpodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitualPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/RitualPodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 04 Sep 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 28 Aug 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 28 Aug 2017

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 This episode is brought to you by FanDuel. FanDuel is one-week fantasy football, meaning that there are new contests starting every week and you get to choose a new team each time. There are no lengthy drafts and there are no busted seasons due to injuries. There is no season long commitment either. FanDuel has lots of contests to choose from, starting at just $1. Just pick a contest, choose your team, and watch your score real-time. You can sign up today by going to fanduel.com and use the code “ancientgreece”. I’ll also be doing a listener league, so you will have the opportunity to play against me and other The History of Ancient Greece listeners for bragging rights. To join Ancient Greece's FanDuel League go to https://www.fanduel.com/ancientgreece.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 15 Aug 2017

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:https://www.facebook.com/historyofwitchcraft. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 14 Aug 2017

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 History of Witchcraft Podcast Website: http://witchcraftpodcast.libsyn.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofwitchcraft Today’s episode is brought to you by our new Patreon supporters Neils Geypen, Daisy Pangilinan, Cesar Carpinteiro, Devon Canode, and Keith Roe, as well as PayPal donors Ellis Alden, Michael McLees, and David Bercot. I do apologize if I didn’t pronounce those correctly but I do thank you for your donations in support of the podcast. If you would like to support The History of Ancient Greece, you too could become a monthly Patreon supporter at (https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast) or a one time donor at (https://www.paypal.me/RyanStitt).. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 07 Aug 2017

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 www.audible.com/ancientgreece. Audiobook Recommendation---The Oedipus Plays: An Audible Original Drama (https://www.amazon.com/Oedipus-Plays-Audible-Original-Drama/dp/B01GEPQIQE/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1502033701&sr=8-9&keywords=sophocles+audible) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/08/051-sophocles.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 06 Aug 2017

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 eight surviving plays—Antigone, Ajax, Oedipus Rex, The Trackers, 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 www.audible.com/ancientgreece. Show Notes:http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/08/051-sophocles.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 24 Jul 2017

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 Bearers, and the Eumenides) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/07/050-early-tragedy-and-aeschylus.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 10 Jul 2017

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 Today’s episode is brought to you by our new Patreon supporters Justin Heron, Barbara Ismail, Cheri Aiken, and Christoffer Payall, as well as PayPal donor Mark Ibrahim. I do apologize if I didn’t pronounce those correctly but I do thank you for your donations in support of the podcast. If you would like to support The History of Ancient Greece, you too could become a monthly Patreon supporter at (https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast) or a one time donor at (https://www.paypal.me/RyanStitt).. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 03 Jul 2017

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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 19 Jun 2017

In this episode, we discuss the iconography of Herakles, his early myths, his infamous twelve labors, his later life, his heroic persona and how he was worshipped as a pan-Hellenic divine hero, and his role as an apostle of Hellenism in the west Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/06/047-herakles-from-zero-to-hero.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 12 Jun 2017

In this episode, we discuss the importance of heroes in Greek mythology, the creation of various beasts and monsters, and the lives and accomplishments of various mythic heroes who often times fought against these monsters; including Cadmus of Thebes and the Ismenian Dragon, Perseus of Argos and the Gorgon Medusa; Bellerophon of Corinth, Pegasus, and the Chimaera; the cursed family of Pelops and the Oath of Tyndareus; the Lapiths, the Centaurs, and the Centauromachy; Meleager, Atalanta, and the Caledonian Boar Hunt; and the troublemaking of Pirithous and Theseus Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/06/046-monsters-and-heroes.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 05 Jun 2017

In this episode, we discuss the various types of ancient Greek musical instruments during the Classical Period and how and for what purpose they were used; and the lives and works of the three great 5th century BC lyric poets who pioneered the genre of the epinikion (victory ode)—Simonides of Ceos (556-468 BC), Bacchylides of Ceos (ca. 525-ca. 450 BC), and Pindar of Thebes (522-443 BC), as well as their connections with the lesser known poets Corrina of Tanagra, Lasos of Hermione, and Timocreon of Rhodes Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/06/045-music-and-victory-odes.html Today’s episode is brought to you by our new Patreon supporters Raphael Deutsch and Gabriel Portos, as well as PayPal donors Ben Mann, Lucas Ralston, Bob Armburst, and Robert Porter. I do apologize if I didn’t pronounce those correctly but I do thank you for your donations in support of the podcast. If you would like to support The History of Ancient Greece, you too could become a monthly Patreon supporter at (https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast) or a one time donor at (https://www.paypal.me/RyanStitt). Links to the various sites are in the show notes.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 15 May 2017

In this episode, we discuss the democratic machinations of Classical Athens; including the role the Athenian statesman Pericles had on the radicalization of Athenian democracy, the magistracies, the ekklesia, the boule and prytaneis, the law courts and jurors, contemporary critiques of Athenian democracy, and the economics of running the democracy (through a system of public donations known as the liturgies) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/05/044-democracy-under-pericles.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 08 May 2017

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 Intro by Rob and Jamie of the Totalus Rankium Podcast Website: https://totalusrankium.podbean.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/romanemperorstotalusrankium Twitter: https://twitter.com/TotalusRankium. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 01 May 2017

In this episode, we discuss the years spanning 461-454 BC, covering the early part of the First Peloponnesian War / "The Undeclared War" Synopsis: (2:35) The balance of power shifted towards Athens, when Megara flipped sides, creating a wall between the Peloponnese and Attica. When the Spartans peacefully settled with the helots at Mt Ithome, Athens settled them in Naupactus, angering the Spartans and causing further alarm for the Corinthians, who saw Athenian encroachment on their western trade routes. War began on land and sea around the Saronic Gulf between Athens and Argos against the Corinthians, Epidaurians, and Aeginetans. (10:51) At the same time, the Athenians sent a force to aid the Egyptians in revolt against the Persians. After an initial victory, the Persian garrison was held up in Memphis and placed under siege. Artaxerxes ordered Themistocles to lead an army to put down the revolt but he refused to fight against his fellow Athenians and so he committed suicide. (19:20) Meanwhile, the Athenians continued to fight against the Corinthians on land, until finally the Spartans entered the fray. The Spartans, after linking up with the Thebans in Boeotia, won a narrow victory over the Athenians at Tanagra, but suffered heavy casualties in the process, causing them to head back to Sparta. (27:35) The Athenians rebounded and won a decisive victory over the Boeotians at Oenophyta, with the result that most of Boeotia, Phocis, and Locris fell under their dominion. That same year, the Athenians forced the Aeginetans to surrender and become a subject ally. The Athenians followed this up with a series of raids all along the Peloponnesian coast and gained greater naval control of Corinthian Gulf. (35:40) Athens’ remarkable string of successes came to a crashing halt in Egypt, as the Persian army finally responded to the revolt and utterly destroyed the Athenian and rebel forces. As a consequence, there was a whole rash of rebellions in the Delian League, and the Athenians moved the league treasury from Delos to the Athenian Acropolis. Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/05/042-undeclared-war.html Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast Twitter: twitter.com/greekhistorypod Email: ryanmstitt@gmail.com Today’s episode is brought you by our new Patreon supporters, Francine and Sam Parker, as well as PayPal donors Laurent Vermer, Niels Geypen, and Ben Mann. Thank you all for your donations in support of the podcast. If you would like to support The History of Ancient Greece podcast, you too can become a monthly Patreon supporter or a one-time donor. Links below: Patreon: www.patreon.com/thehistoryofancientgreecepodcast Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/RyanStitt Intro by Ahmet Ozakca of the Groovy Historian Podcast Website: https://groovy-historian.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GroovyHistorian Twitter: https://twitter.com/GroovyHistorian. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 01 May 2017

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 Intro by Ahmet Ozakca of the Groovy Historian Podcast Website: https://groovy-historian.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GroovyHistorian Twitter: https://twitter.com/GroovyHistorian. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 24 Apr 2017

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 severing of the Athenian-Spartan alliance Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/04/041-end-of-era.html Intro by Peta Greenfield and Fiona Radford of the Partial Historians Podcast Website: https://partialhistorians.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepartialhistorians Twitter: https://twitter.com/p_historians. . .

  Direct Link   Download 82 Minutes 17 Apr 2017

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 Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/04/040-war-hawks-and-peace-doves.html 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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 10 Apr 2017

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 Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/04/in-this-episode-we-discuss-tensions.html Intro by Charlie of The Almost Forgotten Podcast Website: http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/thealmostforgot. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 27 Mar 2017

In this episode, we discuss the events leading up to, the battle of Salamis itself, and its aftermath Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/03/038-behind-wooden-walls.html 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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 76 Minutes 20 Mar 2017

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 Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/03/037-molon-labe.html 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. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 13 Mar 2017

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 Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/03/036-marathonomachoi.html Intro by Roxanne of the Mythology Translated Podcast Website: http://mythologytranslated.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mythtrans. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 06 Mar 2017

In this episode, we discuss the events of the Ionian Revolt, beginning with Miletus' rebellion from the Persian Empire and ending with the sack of Miletus; the internal political happenings of Athens during the 490s BC; the Spartan destruction of Argos at Sepeia; and the early life of one of Athens' key political figures for the next four decades, Themistocles Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/03/035-ionian-revolt.html Intro by Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram of the Endless Knot Website: http://www.alliterative.net Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Alliterative Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alliterativeendlessknot Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvenSarah and https://twitter.com/Alliterative. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 20 Feb 2017

In this episode, we discuss the Persian conquest of Thrace, their failed invasion of Scythia, and the submission of Macedon that brought Persia right up to the foothills of Mt Olympus, at the very borders of mainland Greece; the diplomatic follies of the Athenians; and whether war was or was not inevitable, at least in the last decade of the 500s BC Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/02/034-rising-tensions.html Intro by Lantern Jack of Ancient Greece Declassified Website: http://greecepodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greecepodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/greecepodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 13 Feb 2017

In this episode, we discuss the ascension of Darius to the Persian throne; his consolidation of the empire and eastern campaigns; Zoroastrianism and the role Ahura-Mazda played in his reign; and his reform program, with a special focus on his creation of a new script (Old Persian), his new capital of Persepolis, his bureaucratic satrapies, the Royal Road, his "sort of" Red Sea/Nile River canal, and the creation and influence of the gold "Daric" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/02/033-great-king-darius.html Intro by Jeff Wright of Trojan War: The Podcast Website: http://trojanwarpodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trojanwarpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrojanWarPod. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 06 Feb 2017

In this episode, we discuss the political happenings during the reign of the Persian king, Cambyses, with a particular focus on Polykrates of Samos; the Persian conquest of Egypt; the failed campaigns in Africa against the Nubians, Cyreneans, and Carthaginians; and the “madness" of Cambyses Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/02/032-cambyses.html Intro by Drew Vahrenkamp of the Wonders of the World Podcast Website: wonderspodcast.libsyn.com/podcast Facebook: www.facebook.com/wonderspodcast Twitter: twitter.com/wonderspodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 30 Jan 2017

In this episode, we discuss the conquests (Lydia, Ionia, Babylon) and administration of Cyrus, whose deeds and qualities were so exceptional that he earned the moniker "the Great" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/01/031-cyrus-great.html Intro by Vivek Vasan of the Historical India Podcast Website: http://www.historicalindiapodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/histoindicast Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/histoindicast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 23 Jan 2017

In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the “Father of History”, Herodotus; and the political events of the Near East in the 7th and early 6th centuries BC that culminated with Cyrus overthrowing the Medes and elevating the Achaemenid Persians among the other chief powers of their time (the Lydians, Neo-Babylonians, and Egyptians) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/01/030-herodotus-and-rise-of-persia.html Intro by Alison Innes and Darrin Sunstrum of the MythTake Podcast Website: mythtake.blog Facebook: www.facebook.com/mythtake Twitter: twitter.com/InnesAlison and twitter.com/darrinsunstrum. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 16 Jan 2017

In this episode, part 2 of 2 on the Greco-Etruscan-Carthaginian relations during the 6th/5th centuries BC, we discuss the tyrannies that took place in Sicily in the first half of the 5th century BC at Rhegium/Zancle (Messana), Himera, Syracuse, Gela, and Akragas; the First Greco-Punic War and its aftermath/legacy; the decline of Etruscan power in Campania; changes in the Carthaginian constitution following the war; and finally, the explorations of Himilco and Hanno the Navigator Show Notes:http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/01/029-first-greco-punic-war.html Intro by Guillaume Lamothe of the History of Exploration Podcast Website: https://historyofexploration.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofexploration. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 09 Jan 2017

In this episode, part 1 of 2 on the Greco-Etruscan-Carthaginian relations during the 6th/5th centuries BC, we discuss the rise of Carthage as the dominant Phoenician colony in the western Mediterranean Sea Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2017/01/028-rise-of-carthage.html Intro by Brandon Huebner of the Maritime History Podcast Website: http://maritimehistorypodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maritimehistorypodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoriaMare. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 26 Dec 2016

In this episode, we discuss Cleisthenes' political victory over Isagoras that allowed him to institute his overhaul of the Athenian constitution; the different democratic changes he instituted; and the consequences (both good and bad) from this new revolutionary government Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/12/027-democracy-of-cleisthenes.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 19 Dec 2016

In this episode, we discuss the ascension and political happenings of the tyrannies of Peisistratos and his two sons, Hippias and Hipparchus, at Athens; the economic reforms that they undertook; their patronage of the arts and public works in the Agora and Acropolis, as well as at other religious sanctuaries in Attica; and their encouragement of religious festivals, especially the Greater Panathenaia and the Dionysia Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/12/026-tyranny-of-peisistratids.html Intro by Doug Metzger of the Literature and History Podcast Website: http://literatureandhistory.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literatureandhistory Twitter: https://twitter.com/lahpodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 12 Dec 2016

In this episode, we discuss the life of the great Athenian statesman, Solon, who from his position of sole archonship, enacted various economic, political, and legal reforms that would later form the backbone for Athenian democracy in the Classical Period Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/12/025-reforms-of-solon.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 05 Dec 2016

In this episode, we discuss the early history of Athens from the mythical kings to the abolishment of the monarchy in the Dark Ages to the rise of the oligarchic constitution and finally to the social and economic crises at the end of the 7th century BC Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/12/024-early-athens.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 12 Sep 2016

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  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 05 Sep 2016

In this episode, we discuss the political, economic, and social totalitarian system that made Sparta so unique in the ancient world Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/09/023-this-is-sparta.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 29 Aug 2016

In this episode, we discuss the early history of Sparta and its growing pains that ultimately led to its rise to hegemony over what modern scholars called the Peloponnesian League Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/022-sparta-ascendant.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 22 Aug 2016

In this episode, we discuss the culturally unifying importance of Panhellenic festivals in the Greek world; the history and evolution of the athletic program of the Ancient Olympic games; how the various athletic events that the Greeks participated in were performed; some famous athletes and the larger than life quality they achieved; and the four major Panhellenic festivals (Olympic, Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/021-athletics-and-panhellenic-games.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 15 Aug 2016

In this episode, we describe the new schools of thought that began to percolate in the 6th century BC about our existence and role in this universe absent from the gods, and we detail the lives, influences, and various theories put forth by the earliest of these so-called "Pre-Socratic" philosophers; included among them are Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Pherecydes, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, and Heraclitus Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/020-intellectual-revolution.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 08 Aug 2016

In this episode, we discuss part 2 of 2 on the influential poets whose writings gives us insight into the economic, social, and political happenings that reshaped archaic age Greece; in particular, we look at the turbulent history of late 7th and early 6th century BC Mytilene, which finds itself at the intersection of two great poets (Alcaeus and Sappho), tyranny, and one of the so-called "Seven Sages" (Pittacus), making it a perfect case study; and in response to all of these enormous economic, social, and political changes arose the phenomenon of the lawgiver, many of which were among the "Seven Sages" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/019-poets-and-wise-rulers.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 01 Aug 2016

In this episode, we discuss the literary changes that took place in the 7th and 6th centuries BC (moving away from grand epic to the more personalized lyric, elegiac, and iambic forms of poetry); and part 1 of 2 on the influential poets whose writings gives us insight into the economic, social, and political happenings that reshaped archaic age Greece Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/018-from-lyric-to-epic.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 25 Jul 2016

In this episode, we discuss the innovation taking place during the 7th and 6th centuries BC in the realm of vase painting (Orientalizing, Protocorinthian, Protoattic, black-figure, and red-figure), statuary (kouros/kore and reliefs), and architecture (Doric/Ionic temples, treasuries, and stoas) by looking at some notable works of Archaic art and architecture Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/08/017-archaic-art-and-architecture.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 18 Jul 2016

In this episode, we discuss the new political phenomena arising in various parts of the Greek world in the 7th and 6th centuries BC, called tyranny, by focusing on four poleis in the Peloponnese in particular as case studies for its cause: Pheidon of Argos (the military cause), Kypselos and Periander of Corinth (the economic cause), Cleisthenes of Sicyon (the ethnic cause), and Theogenes of Megara (the unsuccessful attempt) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/07/016-age-of-tyranny.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 11 Jul 2016

In this episode, we discuss the Greek emigration northeastward into the Chalkidiki Peninsula, Thrace, the Hellespont, the Bosporus, the Black Sea, and southwards into northern Africa during the 7th and 6th centuries BC; the reigns of the Lydian and Egyptian kings of the 26th Saite Dynasty and their relations with the Greeks until around 550 BC; and the development of coinage (first in Lydia and then its widespread adoption and adaptation by the Greeks in the 6th century BC) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/07/015-colonization-and-east.html Intro by Dominic Perry of the History of Egypt Podcast Website: https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EgyptianPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/EgyptianPodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 04 Jul 2016

In this episode, we discuss the causes of colonization (shortage of land, trade, and civil strife); the Greek emigration westward into Magna Graecia (southern Italy and Sicily), the coasts of southern France and eastern Spain, and on the islands of Corsica and Sardinia during the 8th, 7th, and 6th centuries BC; the development of the trireme by the Phoenicians/the Corinthians in order to protect their maritime trade networks from roving bands of pirates looking for ships laden with exotic goods; and their growing tensions in the central and western Mediterranean Sea with the Etruscans and the Phoenicians (specifically the Carthaginians) until around 550 BC Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/07/014-colonization-and-west.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 27 Jun 2016

In this episode, we discuss the revolutionary changes in warfare that took place in the 8th and 7th centuries BC that were strictly Greek and reflect the abstract nature of the polis; the type of armor worn and weaponry employed by a typical hoplite; the organization and training of military forces; their application of tactics in a typical battle sequence; the cultic practices of the bloodlust god, Ares, who personifies the grim and horrific aspects of warfare; and the Lelantine War, the first large-scale war on the Greek record after the mythical Trojan War and the first instance in which these military changes were employed Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/07/013-hoplite-warfare.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 20 Jun 2016

In this episode, we discuss the transitional governments in the early stages of the centrally unified polis (oligarchia and aristokratia), as the waning power of the basileis becomes supplanted by a small landowning group of nobles; the economic and social divisions in the early polis between the nobles and commoners brought on by a spike in population in Greece; and the second great author of ancient Greece, a man named Hesiod, who speaks to us about life and society in the emerging polis from the point of view of the ordinary citizen, in his Works and Days Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/06/012-oligarchs-and-hesiod.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 13 Jun 2016

In this episode, we discuss the community (demos), household (oikos), and economy (oikonomia) in the late "Dark Age"; its role as the foundations that led to the evolution of the city-state (polis) into a socio-political structure that brought about the transition from the "Dark Age" into the Archaic Period; and later Greek philosophical thought on the polis and polis identity and what it means to live in a polis beyond its physical space Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/06/011-from-oikos-to-polis.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 06 Jun 2016

In this episode, we discuss the philosophy behind early Greek religion that was formalized in writing by Homer and Hesiod; the rituals performed when the Greeks worshipped their deities; the evidence for the earliest sanctuaries in the 8th century BC that developed hand-in-hand with the city-state and their increasing wealth (as seen through votive offerings); the development of the idea of Panhellenism; and the foundation myths, archaeological evidence, and importance for the four predominant Panhellenic sanctuaries that gained massive popularity in the 8th and 7th centuries BC (the sanctuaries of Zeus and Hera at Olympia, the sanctuaries of Apollo and Artemis at Delos, the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, and the sanctuaries of Zeus and Dione at Dodona) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/06/010-panhellenism.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 30 May 2016

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the late "Dark Age" during the 9th and early 8th centuries BC, especially the Heroon at Lefkandi and the Keremeikos at Athens; Greece's cultural reawakening and reconnection with the Near East thanks to their contact with the Phoenicians; the development of the Greek alphabet and its impact on Greek cultural development; the establishment of three trading posts/colonies at El-Mina (in the Levant) and Pithekoussai and Cumae (central Italy); and the evolution of "Geometric" vase painting, especially on kraters and amphoras and their role in the funerary process Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/05/009-greek-resurgence.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 23 May 2016

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early "Dark Age" during the 11th and 10th centuries BC, particularly at the site of Nichoria in Messenia and the pottery of the Sub-Mycenaean and Protogeometic periods; the emigration of mainland Greeks to the Aegean islands and the western coast of Anatolia; and the first great author of ancient Greece, a man named Homer, who gives us insight into the society and culture of the early Dark Age through his two great epic poems---the Iliad and the Odyssey Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/05/008-dark-age-and-homer.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 16 May 2016

In this episode, we briefly discuss the Trojan War myth; the historical evidence for Mycenaean conflict in the eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia (by looking at the Egyptian and Hittite records); the archaeological evidence for layer VI and VII on the citadel of Hisarlik, i.e. ancient Troy (Wilion/Ilion); the Bronze Age collapse in both Greece and the Near East and its possible causes/explanations; the mysterious group of people known as the "Sea Peoples"; and the so-called "Dorian Invasion" southwards into Greece Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/007-late-bronze-age-collapse.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 09 May 2016

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence of the Mycenaean Greeks of the late Bronze Age (ca. 1650-1250 BC); particularly from the major palace centers in the Argolid at Mycenae and Tiryns, Athens in Attica, the island of Salamis, Thebes and Orchomenos in Boeotia, Iolcos in Thessaly, Amyclae (which is Sparta) in Laconia, and Pylos in Messenia; what the Linear B tablets can tell us about their society, economy, and religion; and their extensive trade network that spanned the entire Mediterranean Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/006-mycenaean-greece.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 02 May 2016

In this episode, we discuss the myths and archaeological evidence for the Minoans on Crete, who were an early source of cultural inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks; the palace complexes at Knossos (north), Phaistos (south), Mallia (northeast), and Zakros (east); the volcanic eruption that blew apart the island of Thera in the mid-17th century BC and was a catalyst for the decline of the Minoan civilization (the inspiration for Plato's infamous description of Atlantis?); the ultimate subordination of the Minoans by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 15th and 14th centuries BC; and the decipherment of Linear B (an early form of Greek) by Michael Ventris in the mid-20th century AD Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/005-minoan-crete.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 25 Apr 2016

In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early Bronze Age on mainland Greece and the Cycladic Islands; the arrival of the Indo-Europeans in Greece (known as the photo-Greeks); and the rediscovery and excavation of three legendary Bronze Age cities (Troy, Knossos, and Mycenae) in the latter part of the 19th century AD by the infamous Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans that brought to light the Bronze Age peoples dubbed "Minoans" and "Mycenaeans" Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/004-early-bronze-age-greece.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 18 Apr 2016

In this episode, we leave the realm of myth and trace the development of early primate/human activity in Greece in the Paleolithic Period (Old Stone Age), culminating in the domestication of plants and animals, the rise of the earliest villages, and the development of metallurgy in the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/003-stone-age-greece.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 11 Apr 2016

In this episode, we take a look at Creation, according to the Greeks; the Titanomachy, the Gigantomachy, and the ascendancy of the Olympian Gods; the creation of the first humans; the story of Prometheus and the first woman, Pandora; Deucalion and the great flood; and the progenitors of the various Greek tribes Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/002-greek-genesis.html. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 04 Apr 2016

The first part of this episode is a brief introduction to the podcast; who I am, what my motivation is for doing this, and what I hope to achieve, and in the second part, we describe the geography of Greece (Hellas) and its natural resources Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/001-let-there-be-greece.html. . .

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