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 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 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 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 their uses and the lives and works of the three great 5th century BC lyric poets who pioneered the epinikion (victory ode)--Simonides, Bacchylides, and Pindar 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 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 program of the Ancient Olympic games in its entirety and introduce the other Panhellenic festivals 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 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 people whose writings give us incite into the economic, social, and political happenings that reshaped archaic age Greece 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 changes in literary creation that took place in the 7th and 6th centuries BC; and part 1 of 2 on the influential people whose writings give us incite 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, statuary, 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: Pheidon of Argos (the military cause), Cypselus 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 eastward into the Chalcidice Peninsula, Thrace, the Hellespont, the Bosporus, the Black Sea, and northern Africa during the 7th and 6th centuries BC; their relations with the Lydians and Egyptians until around 550 BC; and the development of coinage 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 and trade); the Greek emigration westward into Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Corsica, and Sardinia during the 8th, 7th, and 6th centuries BC; the development of the trireme; and their growing tensions with the Etruscans and Phoenicians (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 cult of the bloodlust god, Ares; 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, as the waning power of the basileus becomes supplanted by a 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. 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 in the late "Dark Age"; and its role in the evolution of the city-state (polis) as a socio-political structure 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 early Greek religion as formalized by Homer and Hesiod; the development of Panhellenism; and the four predominant Panhellenic sanctuaries of the 8th century BC (Olympia, Delos, Delphi, and 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; Greece's cultural reawakening thanks to their contact with the Phoenicians; the development of the Greek alphabet; and the evolution of early "Geometric" vase painting 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; the emigration of Greeks to Anatolia; and the first great author of ancient Greece, a man named Homer, who gives us incite 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 discuss the Trojan War myth; the historical evidence for Mycenaean conflict in Anatolia; the Bronze Age collapse in both Greece and the Near East; 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 for the Mycenaean Greeks of the late Bronze Age, ca. 1650-1250 BC 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 the island of Crete, who were an early source of cultural inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks; 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; and the ultimate subordination of the Minoans by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 15th and 14th centuries BC 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; and the rediscovery of three legendary Bronze Age cities (Troy, Knossos, and Mycenae) in the latter part of the 19th century AD 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 human activity in Greece, culminating in the domestication of plants and animals and the rise of the earliest villages 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 Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/002-greek-genesis.html. . .

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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 and its natural resources Show Notes: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/2016/04/001-let-there-be-greece.html. . .

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