Iron Age Crete w. Dr Saro Wallace

After the Bronze Age, life on the Island of Crete continued. Dr Saro Wallace, Senior Research Fellow, Gerda Henkel Research Foundation, joins the show to explain what civilization was like in this period of time on the island. Listen to…

Amarna w. Dr Thais Rocha da Silva

In the 14th century BCE, Pharaoh Akhenaten controversially moved the capital of Egypt to Amarna (what contemporaries called Akhetaten). Dr Thais Rocha da Silva, Departmental Lecturer, History Department, University of São Paulo, and…

Linear B w. Dr. Dimitri Nakassis

Linear B is the writing system that was used by the civilization(s) known as the Mycenaeans. Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder, Professor Dimitri Nakassis, Chair, Department of Classics,…

Early Greek Literacy w. Dr Adam Schwartz

After an evidential hiatus of a few hundred years, an alphabet arrived in Greece, and with it, literacy. Dr Adam Schwartz, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, returns to the show to talk about early literacy in Greece. Dr…

Ancient Roman Clothing w. Dr. Kelly Olson

Professor & Graduate Chair, Kelly Olson, Western University, joins the show to discuss what ancient Romans wore. Topics discussed include: the attire, fabrics used, what colour was meant to communicate about the bearer, if undergarments…

Linear A w. Dr Brent Davis

Linear A is the writing system that was used by Minoans on the Island of Crete in the Bronze Age. Undeciphered for over a century, Dr Brent Davis, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient Egyptian, Historical and Philosophical Studies,…

Ancient Delphi w. Dr Michael Scott

In the ancient period, Delphi offered highly sought-after oracular services, hosted quadrennial sporting games, and was a nexus for culture and information sharing. Dr Michael Scott, Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Warwick…

Batonian War w. Dr Danijel Džino

In 6 CE, inhabitants of the Province of Illyricum rebelled against Roman rule, resulting in a four-year war, known as the Batonian War (6-9 CE). Dr Danijel Džino, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University, joins the show to explain what's known…

Pharaoh Thutmose I w. Dr Filip Taterka

Thutmose I was an Egyptian pharaoh from the 18th dynasty. Dr Filip Taterka, Assistant Professor, Institute of Mediterranean & Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences, joins the show to share who he was and the life he lived.…

Hannibal w. Dr Eve MacDonald

Hannibal Barca (247-c.182 BCE) is one of the most well-documented Carthaginians and became legendary because of his efforts in the Second Punic War. Dr Eve MacDonald, Lecturer in Ancient History, School of History, Archaeology and Religion,…

Second Punic War w. Dr Kathryn Lomas

The Second Punic War was the second of three wars principally fought between Rome and Carthage, and lasted 17 years. Dr Kathryn Lomas, Durham University, returns to the show to explain the series of events. Dr Lomas has appeared…

Pharaoh Tutankhamun w. Dr Nicky Nielsen

Tutankhamun was an Egyptian King of the 18th dynasty who came to rule as a child and lived until approximately the age of 18. British egyptologist, Dr Nicky Nielsen, Lecturer in Egyptology, Department of Classics, Ancient History,…

Pharaoh Hatshepsut w. Dr Filip Taterka

Hatshepsut was a female Pharaoh from the 15th century BCE who demonstrated agency and integrity to the customs of Egypt. Polish Egyptologist, Dr Filip Taterka, Assistant Professor, Institute of Mediterranean & Oriental Cultures of the…

Ancient Pompeii w. Dr Ray Laurence

In less than a millennium, Pompeii went from being indigenous, to Samnite, to Roman, and in the 1st century CE, was cataclysmically destroyed by the eruption of a volcano. Professor & chair in the Department of History & Archaeology…

Ancient Illyrians w. Dr Danijel Džino

The ancient Illyrians were indigenous communities along the Dalmatian coast and stretching across to the central Balkans. Dr Danijel Džino, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University, joins the show to discuss what’s known about these peoples.…

Pharaoh Akhenaten w. Dr Joyce Tyldesley

Akhenaten was an Egyptian Pharaoh in the 18th dynasty that departed from traditional worship by primarily worship the sun deity, Aten, moving Egypt from polytheism to henotheism. British Egyptologist, Dr Joyce Tyldesley, The University of…

Social War w. Dr Federico Santangelo

The Social War, also known as the Marsic War, took place on the Italian Peninsula in the 1st century BCE between Rome and its allied communities. Dr Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University, joins the show to…

The Tetrarchy w. Dr Roger Rees

The Tetrarchy was a collegiate form of government when four emperors ruled Rome during the same period of time. Dr Roger Rees, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, joins the show again to explain what the Tetrarchy was, how it…

100. Athena w. Dr. Mary Lefkowitz

Known for her intelligence and power, Athena is one of the most important, and written about, deities in Greek mythology. Dr. Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Wellesley College, joins the show to discuss Athena in…

Plato’s Myths w. Dr. Tae-Yeoun Keum

Plato wrote on a variety of topics, including mythology. Dr. Tae-Yeoun Keum, University of California, Santa Barbara, joins the show to discuss the myths that show up in Plato's writings. Listen to the episode The episode is available…

Carthage w. Dr Eve MacDonald

Carthage was a major power, and destination, in the first millennium BCE in the Mediterranean; and despite losing the Punic Wars, its history, and lore, never seems to fade. Dr Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University, joins the show to discuss…

Diocletian w. Dr Roger Rees

Diocletian's reign as Roman Emperor had many voluminous points: his antipathy towards Christianity, the creation of the Tetrarchy, and a rare imperial retirement. Dr Roger Rees, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, joins the show…

Livia w. Dr Richard Alston

Livia, also known as Julia Augusta, was wife of Rome’s first emperor and mother of its second. Professor & Head of the Classics Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr Richard Alston, joins the show again to discuss what…

Marius w. Dr Federico Santangelo

Gaius Marius was a Roman Consul an unprecedented seven times, and lived in a period of much military turmoil and activity in Rome. Dr Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University, joins the show again to share…

Constantine’s Reign w. Dr. David Potter

Constantine I became a Christian, founded the City of Constantinople, was involved in civil and international military affairs, and more, during his reign as Roman Emperor. Dr. David Potter, Francis W Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek…

Sulla w. Dr Federico Santangelo

The Roman Republic statesman & general, Sulla, did something unusual for the time—he led an army on Rome. Dr Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University, joins the show to speak about Sulla. Some topics…

Achilles w. Dr. Joel Christensen

Achilles is one of the central figures in Homer's The Iliad. He not only lives on in Greek mythology but in the popular idiom Achilles' heel. Dr. Joel Chistensen, Brandeis University, joins the show to talk in depth about the Greek…

Ancient Lydia w. Dr. Andrew Ramage

Lydia was an ancient civilization in the Anatolian Peninsula, and amongst other things, considered to have first used coinage. Dr. Andrew Ramage, an archaeologist & Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, joins the show to discuss…

Roman Contract Law w. Dr. Bruce W. Frier

Dr. Bruce W. Frier, University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan, joins the show to discuss the composition of contract law in Rome. Professor Bruce W. Frier is the John and Teresa D'arms Distinguished University Professor…

Greek Hoplites w. Dr Adam Schwartz

Hoplites were Greek people, many of which were citizens, who fought in battles as their city-states required. Dr Adam Schwartz, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, joins the show to explain this military post in ancient Greek…

First Punic War w. Dr Kathryn Lomas

The Punic Wars was a series of three wars fought between two of the Mediterranean's superpowers: Carthage and Rome; the result of which changed the balance of power in the basin. Dr Kathryn Lomas, Honorary Research Fellow, Durham…

Life of Mark Antony w. Dr Richard Alston

Mark Antony was a prominent figure in Rome’s transition from a republic to an empire; he was also famously a partner of Cleopatra VII of Egypt. Professor Richard Alston, Royal Holloway, University of London, is back on the show to…

Ancient Olympia w. Dr Judith Barringer

Olympia, Greece, is where the ancient Olympic Games began. Dr Judith Barringer, Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh, joins the show to discuss Olympia's ancient history. Some topics explored Where…

The Rosetta Stone w. Dr. Jed Buchwald

The Rosetta Stone is one of the most significant artifacts known to have been found in the Mediterranean Basin. Dr. Jed Z. Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History, Caltech, joins the show to discuss the stone. Some…

Life of Tacitus w. Dr Gavin Kelly

Many scholars regard Tacitus as the greatest Roman historian from the period. Dr Gavin Kelly, Professor, The University of Edinburgh, joins the show to discuss the life and writings of Tacitus. Some topics explored Why many scholars…

Herodotus w. Dr Oswyn Murray

Herodotus is the oldest Greek historian whose works survive. He has been called the “father of history.” Dr Oswyn Murray, Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford, joins the show to discuss Herodotus’ life and writings.…

Life of Cicero w. Dr Gesine Manuwald

Marcus Tullius Cicero (Cicero) is one of the most talked about, and cited, figures from the Roman Republic. Professor of Latin, Department of Greek & Latin, University College London, Dr Gesine Manuwald, joins the show to discuss…

The Story of Masada w. Dr. Jodi Magness

The story of the Jewish resistance to a Roman siege at Masada, and the fortress' eventual fall, has gripped religious, and scholarly, interests for many years. Archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, Professor, The University of North Carolina at…

Column of Justinian w. Dr. Elena Boeck

A triumphal column, the Column of Justinian, built in the 6th century in Constantinople, is considered to have been a tour de force, and over a thousand years ahead of its time as a constructional feat. Dr. Elena Boeck, Professor of History…

Greek Titans w. Dr. William Hansen

In Greek mythology, the Titans reigned over the cosmos before the existence of humans, and preceded the Olympian Gods. Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies & Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington, Dr. William Hansen, joins…

Egyptian Hieroglyphs w. Dr Bill Manley

Egyptian hieroglyphs were the writing system of Ancient Egypt. The writing system has captured the interest of scholars, governments, and the public for many years. Egyptologist, and Honorary President, Egyptology Scotland, Dr Bill…

Hittites Civilization w. Dr Mark Weeden

The Hittites, people formerly domesticated in the Anatolia Peninsula, were considered a significant civilization in the Bronze Age. Senior Lecturer, SOAS, University of London, Dr Mark Weeden, joins the show to discuss these people.…

Mycenaean Period w. Dr. Michael Galaty

The Mycenaean Greeks, during the Bronze Age, were one of the most prominent civilization(s) in the Mediterranean Basin. Archaeologist, Dr. Michael Galaty, University of Michigan, and Andrew Schiestel, speak more about this civilization and…