The Ancient World in Streaming Media 1.4 ~ February 12, 2017

Presented in order of appearance in my mailbox; descriptions, where given, come from the media producers



The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

032 – Cambyses

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


Quomodo Dicitur? Podcast

QDP Ep 34: De Senecae Epistula Quarta (pars secunda)

QDP Ep 34: De Senecae Epistula Quarta (pars secunda)

Hoc in colloquio, Augustus et Iustus et Iason de epistula quarta a Seneca scripta et de Legonio colloquuntur.


Emperors of Rome

Episode LXIV – Q and A III

Listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode: – What did the Romans know about China and India?

– What did the Romans know about China and India? – At what point does someone who is conquered become a slave?

– At what point does someone who is conquered become a slave?

– Where did the colours come from for Roman garments?

– What did Romans celebrate?

– What did Romans eat?

– Do we know where Julius Caesar was stabbed?

– Who is our favourite Emperor?

– How did the ancient texts get to us today?

– How do we prepare and do our research for the podcast?


Sermones Raedarii

Fabula Raedaria V

Musici Bremenses, sive de commodis male canendi.


Literature and History

Episode 35: The Great Thundercrap (Aristophanes’ The Clouds)

Aristophanes’ The Clouds is a dazzling satire on Athenian philosophy, showing a very different Socrates than Plato’s.


Life Of Caesar

Life of Augustus #51 – Dark Shadow

It’s late 23 BCE. Agrippa leaves Rome and makes his home in Lesbos. Rumours fly. Meanwhile there are still plagues, famine and natural disasters in Rome. The dark shadow of death lies over at least one member of Augustus’ inner circle.


The Classicist

Is Trumpism Sustainable?

Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president’s momentum is …


Roman Emperors: Totalus Rankium

50 Diocletian

“Crisis? What Crisis?” these words may have brought down a labour govenment in the 1970s*, but when Diocletian uttered them in in the 280s everyone saw it as a challenge chaos that had prevaled for the last 50 years. Let’s face it, it’s time someone rolled up their sleves and sorted this mess out…
*apologies for the semi-obscure 70s UK politics reference.



SCS Annual Meeting (2017): Session 24 – Bruce Robertson

SCS Annual Meeting (2017): Session 24 – Marie-Claire Beaulieu

SCS Annual Meeting (2017): Session 24 – Christopher Blackwell

SCS Annual Meeting (2017): Session 24 – Response and Q&A

25/01/2017- Cycle céramique. M. Giannopoulou

The Ancient World in Streaming Media ~ February 5, 2017

Presented in order of appearance in my mailbox; descriptions, where given, come from the media producers




Caraheard Season 3, Episode 2: Richard and Bill chat with David Pettegrew about Corinthian matters


Quomodo Dicitur? Podcast

QDP Ep 32: De Synonymis

QDP Ep 32: De Synonymis

Hoc in colloquio, Augustus et Iustus (Iasone–pro!–absente) verba properandi et festinandi, necnon sententias variorum scriptorum antiquorum ad haec verba pertinentes, considerant.
De quibus verbis dubitatis vos? Quae verba studium vestrum maxime excitant? Certiores nos faciatis aut hac in pagina (infra) aut pipiando (“tweeting”) @QDicitur–adicite #QDPod31.

QDP Ep 33: De Quolibet

QDP Ep 33: De Quolibet

Hoc in colloquio, omnes tres (tandem!) amici de argumentis improvisis disserunt.
Quod argumentum censetis nobis maxime tractandum? Certiores nos faciatis aut hac in pagina (infra) aut pipiando (“tweeting”) @QDicitur–adicite #QDPod31.


When in Rome


Episode XIX – Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus

If you had to name a god that the Romans worshipped above all others it would have to be Jupiter, and the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill was the most important temple in the empire. While the building is long since destroyed we have a good idea of what it looked like, thanks to the attention of Roman writers.

Guest: Dr Lily Withycombe (curator from the National Museum of Australia)


The History of Ancient Greece Podcast

031 – Cyrus the Great

In this episode, we discuss the conquest and administration of the Cyrus, whose deeds and qualities were so exceptional that he earned the moniker “the Great”


The Maritime History Podcast

028 – Unlocking the Pontus Euxinus

In today’s installment, we’ll tell a tale of two cities in one sense. The age of colonization in Greece had an early leader in the island of Euboea, but as the Euboeans were stretched thin, Corinth and Miletus rose to become the leaders of Greek colonization. We’ll look at the wealth that Corinth controlled thanks partially to her location, but also to the diolkos and other maritime innovations that she instituted. Our second city of focus is Miletus, the ‘jewel of Ionia’. She was at the forefront of the Greek push into the Euxine Sea, or, the Black Sea. So after laying out the geography of the ‘Pontus Euxinus’ and her approaches, we’ll look at the colonies, resources, and importance of the Greek effort to unlock the Black Sea. We also consider the aeinautae, a group of magistrates who ruled Miletus by sailing out to sea and weighing anchor until they’d made whatever decision was at hand. An interesting method of governing, to be sure.


The Almost Forgotten

Episode 2.3 – The Diadochi Part 3 – Eumenes and Antigonus

After the death of Perdiccas, Antigonus chases Eumenes halfway across the empire. Meanwhile, in Greece and Macedon, a fight begins over Antipater’s position after he dies


Myths and Legends

59-Greek Myths: The Violence of Our Ancestors

Many connected stories from Greek mythology. We’ll start with story of Hades and Persephone, and learn why she’s always hanging around the underworld (hint: it’s not because she wants to). Then, I’ll tell the story of the curse of the house of Atreus, starting with Tantalus and his questionable food choices. It’s a long, dark episode, so get ready. The creature is the Nakki, from Finland, who just wants to drown you and look good while doing it. Is that too much to ask? 


Sermones Raedarii

Sermo Raedarius XXVI

De ludo Versipellis et quomodo eo utor in grege meo primi anni. Gratias @silvius_toda, vide etiam


Roman Emperors: Totalus Rankium

48 Numerian

Murder! Death! Intrigue! ok, Numerian’s rule was no more interesting than you last drive across the country, but with added eye pain, but his death is a murder mystery that would make Columbo stop and ask just one more thing. So, who killed him? The evil Aper, or the diabolical Diocles?

49 Carinus

The end of the Crisis is here! Does Carinus usher in a new golden age? Or is he the last of the dregs that have to be hosed down the drain pipe before Rome can get on its feet again? You can probably guess by the length of the episode! But who knows? Maybe he has that certain Je Na Caesar?



A fresh take on ancient myth

Episode 19: Pelops

Pelops who? Meet this lesser-known Greek hero-king who lends his name to the Peloponnese and is connected with the founding of the Olympic games. Was he really chopped up by his father and served to the gods or is something else going on?


From Youtube:

SCS Interview: Kelly Webb – Reading and Rereading


SCS Interview: Joy Connolly – A Game of Rome(s)

Lucas Livingstone: Lycurgus Cup – Color-changing Ancient Roman Dichroic Glass

AIRC: Ancient Rome, Engaging History online, Lecture 1

SCS Interview: Jared Simard – Engaging Public Art

SCS Annual Meeting (2017): Session 24 – Gregory Crane


ASCSA VIDEOCAST – The Sanctuary of Hera on Samos from its Minoan origins to the time of Polycrates



The Ancient World in Streaming Media ~ January 15, 2o17

Preface: years and years ago, my first foray into ‘ancient history newsletters’ was a thing called The Ancient World on Television (AWOTV). It was very popular, but unfortunately over time, the stations which purported to be presenting ‘history’ documentaries (e.g. the History Channel) became more interested in ‘reality’ shows and it became increasingly frustrating trying to find material. Over the past while I’ve been toying with the idea of sort of resurrecting the AWOTV, but this time focusing on things like podcasts (note the list of podcasts on the title bar above this) and a variety of things from Youtube (documentaries, lectures, etc.). The initial idea — I’ll see how long this works — is to present links to podcasts which were updated that week (if possible), some ‘blasts from the past’ which might be of interest, and some video content. It’s not meant to be exhaustive, but should give you enough material to occupy your downtime as needed. Ideally this will be posted on a weekly basis (probably on Sundays). So without further ado, my initial foray into this project:



From Youtube:

Time Commanders: The Battle of Zama (BBC):

The Colosseum before the scaffolding came down (Darius Arya):

Lecture: Cycle céramique. Γιώργος Κυριακόπουλος (Ecole Francaise d’Athenes … lecture in Greek):

Lecture: Arredi di lusso da Ercolano. Maria Paola Guidobaldi (British School at Rome … lecture in Italian; not really video)

Lecture: New Discoveries in Ancient Turkey. C. Brian Rose (Penn Museum):