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In this episode, curator Ken Lapatin and conservator Erik Risser discuss the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri at the Getty Villa, which brings sculptures, papyri, frescoes, and other artifacts from the Villa dei Papiri to Malibu

Abandoning fictional ancient history for real ancient history (sort of), Andrew and Dave take a look at director Oliver Stone’s 2004 misfire ALEXANDER, which looks at the life of Alexander the Great. More specifically, the duo look at ALEXANDER: THE FINAL CUT, Stone’s three-hour plus re-edit of the film, which is not, despite the subtitle, the final cut of the film. Will the pair be able to survive the film’s bloated running time? How problematic are the sexual and racial politics of the film? What the heck was Stone thinking while he made this film, anyway? Tune in and find out!

In this podcast I discuss three aspects of Pompeii. I start with what Pompeii was, how it developed and grew. I then look at the mechanics of the eruption. This includes considering the evidence which supports the major cause of deaths there. Finally I’ll deal with what the remains tell us and how they might mislead as much as inform.

In this episode, let’s dive into the lives and times of the women who helped shape Alexander’s Greatness, and accomplished a whole lot of their own along the way. Get ready to enter Macedonia. We’ll face assassinations, intrigue, a little snake worship, warrior women, and an epic battle for an empire that would put Game of Thrones to shame.

Luke joins David to discuss his forthcoming book on public space in Late Antiquity, reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall at the age of 12, how a birthday trip to Hadrian’s Wall had to be postponed so he could have an emergency operation, why Constantine I is one his favourite emperors but he doesn’t have much time for Justinian anymore, studying in Germany, France, Belgium, Turkey and Italy, his thoughts on the current state of late antique studies, and why Scythopolis in the AD500 was a much better place to live than Athens or Pompeii…

Dramatic Receptions

Professional Matters

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it should thunder today, business will be ‘okay’ for an entire year.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

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