Lecture | Robert Giegengack on Vesuvius

A nice UPenn lecture on the ‘science’ side of Vesuvius and related volcanoes … here’s the blurb:

The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Franklin Institute’s new “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc.

Canadian Institute in Greece Lectures | Catherine Parnell, Barbarian Cleavers or Greek Swords?

I just came across the Canadian Institute in Greece’s Youtube Channel and they have a number of interesting slide lectures (broken up into segments) which should be of interest. Here’s the blurb from the first one, which was presented back in March:

Catherine Parnell, B.A., M.A.
(Ph.D. candidate, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin)
“Barbarian Cleavers or Greek Swords? Portrayals and Perceptions of Curved Swords in Ancient Greece”
This lecture is concerned with ancient Greek curved blades commonly known as ‘kopis’ or ‘machaira’. It presents the results of surveys of the iconographic and literary evidence, and examines the portrayal of the various types of curved blades, as well as the differing perceptions of this morphological shape

And here’s the talk:






… I’ll post the next few over the next couple of days.

Podcast | Adrian Goldsworthy on Roman Warfare

Tip o’ the pileus to Dorothy King for alerting us via twitter that Adrian Goldsworthy had given a lengthy talk in May at the New York Military Affairs Symposium on the topic of Roman warfare. Here’s a link to the audio:

Goldsworthy appears to be the first to talk on something ancient there (or at least in regards to the podcasts that are online), but if you have a hankering for military history, there are a pile of interesting things at Audio Podcasts of Friday Evening Talks.

Lecture | Patrick Hunt: Hannibal’s Secret Weapon in the Second Punic War

The blurb:

Dr. Patrick Hunt, Stanford University, speaks. Hannibal, a Carthaginian commander who lived ca. 200 BCE, is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His use of the environment in his warfare against Rome in the Second Punic War—often called the Hannibalic War—set precedents in military history, utilizing nature and weather conditions as weapons to complement his generally smaller forces. This strategic marshaling of nature could be described as a “second, secret army,” as demonstrated in his battles at Trebbia, Trasimene, and Cannae.

Lecture | Jeremy McInerny on Thermopylae

The intro:

Dr. Jeremy McInerny, Professor of Classical Studies, examines the tactics and strategy of the Battle of Thermopylae (in present-day Greece) in 480 BCE. Why was the battle fought at this location and was it, as it is often portrayed, a turning point in the confrontation of East and West? This lecture puts the Battle of Thermopylae into the context of the Persian Wars, and examines the battle’s significance for the Greeks as well as for Europeans in later periods, in art and poetry.

A Futuristic Look Through Ancient Lenses: A Symposium on Ancient Greece

This is actually pretty impressive … last October/November  the folks at Eastern Illinois University held a symposium on assorted Greek themes (they’ve previously done one on ancient Egypt) and the whole thing is available at Youtube. There are 30+ videos here to occupy your time on various themes:

Lecture: Greece and Asia in the Late Bronze Age: The Historical Background of Homer’s Iliad

The intro:

Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, speaks. In 1924, Swiss archaeologist Emil Forrer announced a new discovery relating to the Trojan War. After examining texts found at Hattusa, once the capital of the Hittite empire in Asia Minor, he identified the Hittite words for Troy (Wilusa) and Mycenaean Greece (Ahhiyawa), and concluded that there was evidence for conflict between them. While Forrer’s “Greek Hypothesis” was once widely attacked by other academics, recent research and excavations have confirmed his theory, which offers exciting insights into the historical background of Homer’s Iliad.