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Ancient World Magazine consists of a group of ancient historians and archaeologists who are passionate about the past. Our mission is to share engaging and well-researched information about the ancient world with our readers.
 
A dig around ancient Greece and Rome for a look at the more unusual. Find me on twitter @ancientblogger and www.ancientblogger.com.
 
Travel: In Situ is a podcast hosted by archaeologist Darius Arya. Each episode finds Arya on location discovering and uncovering elements of the past - from the back streets of Rome to the bazaar of Cairo, from the Agora of Athens to the Medina of Tunis, and from the Vatican Museums to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace of Split. Episodes drop each Monday!
 
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Modern Classics
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Where I attempt to prove that Ancient stories are like super related to our Modern world - like, super related.Huge thanks to Rachel Selch for the original music, Mr. Schaffer for the recording equipment, and all the teachers mentoring me through this process.
 
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War Movies
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War Movies takes you back to ancient times of histories great empires, their conquest, to modern day warfare. Hollywood greatest heroes on the silver screen come alive once again with epic tales of sacrifice and heroism. Taken from the public domain archives of Nostalgia USA Studios each movie will be full of action and adventure.
 
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In this episode, Joshua Hall and Josho Brouwers are joined by experts Stephanie Craven and Hannah Ringheim to discuss mercenaries in the ancient world. This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Trundle. His scholarship had a significant impact on our discussion of mercenaries. The introduction and closing are handled by contributing ed ...…
 
In this podcast I discuss three aspects of Pompeii. I start with 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. The sources I reference: Ma ...…
 
In this episode I continue the theme of early Rome by looking at its second King. Numa Pompilius. I talk about how he came to the throne, what religious initiatives he set in place and how the sources handled their accounts of him. As ever there are some curious tangents involving dancing, possible magic, thunderstorms and stinking charms. Musi ...…
 
Please note that this includes references to the Rape of the Sabine Women and sexual references. In this episode I take a look into Rome's foundation myth and how Livy, Dionysus and Plutarch handled the various elements within it. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
Diocletian is the third century emperor that brought the Empire back from the brink of collapse. After generations of uncertainly, his will, administration, military prowess and ruthless drive established a new period of calm that rippled through the Roman empire. Just consider the tetrarchy ruling system, new management of provinces, Edict of ...…
 
In the second episode on Spartan Women I look at what an adult woman might have got up to. From quite a curious marriage ceremony through to the terrifying prospect of a Spartan mother. It's all here. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
The first of two episodes where I discuss the experiences a Spartan woman had throughout her life. Part one includes a general overview of Sparta before I recount what it might have been like for a Spartan as she grew up. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
Season 8 of Game of Thrones is upon us! So Darius travels to King's Landing & the real-life grandeur of Dubrovnik. Darius explores Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep on GOT), walks along the city's 2km walls, looking for Cersei. Luckily, local guide & GOT expert Ivan Vuković of Dubrovnik-tourist-guides.com reveals the city's history and tons of insider ...…
 
The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of history's most famous murders in history. Darius talks with author and historian Barry Strauss, who has written the definitive book on Caesar's last days. Darius also walks in real time from Julius Caesar's house (Domus Publica) in the Forum past all of the famed archaeological sites of Ancient Rome ...…
 
Who were the most important emperors in ancient Rome, for better and for worse? There are so many to choose from- and Darius explores Rome's best and worst rulers with author Professor Barry Strauss on the launch of his newest book: 10 Caesars! So let's explore from Augustus to Constantine, and Darius always has an eye on the emperors' impact o ...…
 
Who doesn't like olive oil? It's an essential component of the (once again wildly popular) Mediterranean diet. So, it's high time to really learn the ins and outs of what defines "excellent" olive oil. Darius turns to a world class expert, Johnny Madge (johnnymadge.com), who lives in the Sabina region (and is a frequent visitor to Rome). He is ...…
 
In this episode I am looking at how Carthage expanded into the Iberian Peninsula and how this location furnished Hannibal with the means to march on Rome. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
Darius travels to southeast Sicily, to the late Baroque city Modica, to explore the legendary home of Italy's best chocolate. There is no better place than Antica Dolceria Bonajuto to learn about why chocolate found its home here. Darius enters the kitchen with Pierpaolo Bonajuto (his family has been making chocolate here since 1880- 6 generati ...…
 
On January 17, 2019, millions of people around the world learned about the small historic town of Sambuca di Sicilia through viral news coverage of its offer to sell historic homes for one euro. The city received 100,000 email requests, and Darius was among the many interested in a visit. In particular, he wanted to focus on the issues of herit ...…
 
Italian wines are famous, but how much do you really know about them? Darius certainly loves Italian wine, but craves to learn more about them and their history. So, he sits down with sommelier Sarah May Grunwald (www.antiquatours.com) to talk about the wonderful wines produced in the region of Lazio in the charming setting of Massimo's L'ANGOL ...…
 
The Are Pacis (Altar of Peace) of Augustus is arguably the best preserved monument from the reign of Augustus (31 BC- AD 14). It is also in an impressive setting, centro Rome's latest museum creation, by architect Richard Meier, in traditionally Roman travertine stone, with massive windows and sunroof, matched with an integrated series of video ...…
 
In this episode I discuss how Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon shape the way we understand the Iliad, other characters in it and even wider themes. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
If you study your history, you'll know that Rome has suffered ups and downs: fires, floods, earthquakes, sackings! But in more recent times, the upswing in Roman city administrations leading up to the time of the Julibeo celebration in 2000 is long gone. Now it's a long, hard road ahead, with the past mayors (and current Mayor Virigina Raggi) u ...…
 
Darius sits down at a local cafe in Rome with Daisy de Plume, creator of "That Muse" (THATmuse.com "treasure hunt at the museum") an innovative company that engages visitors in Paris (d'Orsay, Louvre, streets of Paris), London (British Museum, Victoria and Albert, and more), with an eye on Rome, where she once studied art history. Darius and Da ...…
 
Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers are joined by special guest Dr Lieve Donnellan of Aarhus University to talk about networks and interconnectivity in the ancient Mediterranean. The discussion is prompted by our reading of Cyprian Broodbank’s monumental work, The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Begi ...…
 
Join Darius with his friend, tour guide and all-around Rome expert Ettore Bellardini in the Roman Forum for a walk around the Temple of Saturn, on the occasion of the end of year celebration from December 17-23. For an intimate look at Roman religion, archaeology, art, and history. At the end of December, walk with them as they recall the event ...…
 
Darius kicks off his new podcast with a walk through his dynamic, historic neighborhood, in the heart of Rome. From the moment he walks down his apartment steps, through the courtyard gate, dropping off the trash, and clicking the front door of his building open, he introduces you intimately to his city: Travel to Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Farnes ...…
 
Ok, we always hear about the Saturnalia around the Festive period, but what about the Haloa? This was an ancient Greek Festival which involved highly suggestive food, drunken shenanigans and bad language. Listen to me discuss what happened and why. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By ancient blogger.
 
Introducing Travel: In Situ with Darius Arya. This is a podcast hosted by archaeologist Darius Arya. Each episode finds Arya on location discovering and uncovering elements of the past - from the back streets of Rome to the bazaar of Cairo, from the Agora of Athens to the Medina of Tunis, and from the Vatican Museums to the Roman emperor Diocle ...…
 
Join me and special guest expert Emma as we discuss how hygienic the Roman baths really were. Did they help or hinder disease? Plenty of gruesome detail, so, leave till after lunch. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By Ancient Blogger.
 
This is the first instalment of a series that deals with the history of Carthage. Joshua Hall talks with Josho Brouwers about Phoenicia, the Phoenicians (whoever they might be), and colonization in the Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. We also touch upon the differences between territorial states and city-states in th ...…
 
It's that time of year to listen to some spooky tales from antiquity. I discuss how werewolves have changed, early versions of the vampire and dig up ghosts stories from ancient Greece and Rome.By Ancient Blogger.
 
In this podcast I look at the different types of bathing in antiquity, from the Greeks to the Romans. How did the Greeks bathe exactly? What were the Roman baths like? In addition I reason what linked Menelaus and Liberace, impersonate Seneca and mention the most devious use for the floor of a caldarium. Some minor adult content (thanks Martial ...…
 
In this podcast I look at the oddity that was ostracism in Ancient Athens. Why was it needed? What did it aim to do? There's also a brief chat about tyrants and which includes an instance which Herodotus calls the silliest trick in history. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)…
 
Berlin Corespondent 1942 http://oldtimeradiodvd.com
 
To what extent does Thucydides alter and tweak his account of the Athenian disaster? In this episode I look at some of the arguments which suggest Thucydides amended and changed his account to align with his views through subtle and none-too-subtle techniques. I also point out why Nicias would be an ideal guest at a poker night. Feel free to fi ...…
 
We've been writing a lot about the Trojan War on Ancient World Magazine and also devoted an earlier episode of the podcast to chat about the 2004-movie Troy. Virgil's Aeneid is a useful topic of discussion, since it connects the world of Greek mythology with that of Roman legend, and also connects myth to history. Virgil (70–19 BC) consciously ...…
 
Thanks to Alexander Nehamas, we're looking at some modern thought on friendship this week. Also, I reveal that I left out (on purpose) an important part of the tale of Damon and Phintias last time and, like, almost all of the major plot points of Thelma and Louise!
 
On the back of a 5km march in Roman armour for the Rise UK charity (here's my JustGiving) I look at marching in the Roman empire including some fancy stats and how the reforms of Marius affected the legionary in this respect. Want to know how many Mars bars a legionary would work off? Who was Marius' favourite X-Men character? The important que ...…
 
Given that we're taking a look at friendship, we have a bit more of an informative episode this week: together, we'll examine what Aristotle thought about the whole concept of philia and how it was implemented into Greek legends.Next time, we'll hear some more recent thoughts on friendship and some modern re-workings of Damon and Phintias.…
 
As we reach the end of our examination of Medea, it becomes clear how her tale has remained relevant.In this episode, we hear about how Jason wronged Medea and the problematic lengths she went as she sought retribution. While I think we can all agree that murder is inexcusable, I hope that, at least, some light is shed on Medea's actions.…
 
In our examination of Medea, one of the most famous women of Ancient Greece, we'll come to realize that her plight has a lot of relevance.Though, before we can do that, we need to take a step back and reacquaint ourselves with her husband Jason and all of his buddies, the Argonauts. In this episode, we'll discover the less-than-perfect conditio ...…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the final epsiode I go over what happened during the sack of Troy, why the wooden horse makes sense and how not to exit a wooden horse if you ever find yourself in one. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the seventh epsiode I unwrap the dialogue between Priam and Achilles, what the chariots did and wonder where the talking horse got to. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By ancient blogger.
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the sixth epsiode I consider whether we can date Patroclus' death, why Penthesilea would have terrified Hitler had she been on the moon and the big showdown between Achilles and Hector. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the fifth epsiode I examine the themes of infanticide, jumping off cliffs with Aphrodite and negotiating with Achilles. For obvious reasons Mean Girls gets a mention too. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I’ll be following each episode live. Music by Brakhage (Le V ...…
 
Ancient Egypt is often seen as a monolithic entity, something that sprang into being around 3000 BC and then remained virtually unchanged for several millennia. In the popular imagination, Egypt is the land of gold masks and pyramids. And surely, we know all that there is to know about ancient Egypt, don't we? In this fourth episode of the podc ...…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the fourth epsiode I consider a couple of interesting details from Homer's depiction of the duel between Paris and Menelaus, how to annoy Myrmidons and that kiss. I also possibly annoy you with a question. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I’ll be following each ep ...…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the third epsiode I talk about Helen's wedding and why you should always wash your hands after a siege Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I'll be following each episode live... Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)By ancient blogger.
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the second epsiode I consider those awkward reality TV wedding show moments, how many Greeks and Trojans really got the point and shower you with puns. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I'll be following each episode live #TroyFallofaCity Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai ...…
 
A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the first epsiode I consider the difficulty in transferring oral myth to the screen, large flightless birds and a bad pun I came up with. Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I'll be following each episode live #TroyFallofaCity…
 
In this third episode, we discuss the Brad Pitt vehicle Troy, a 2004-movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen. The movie doesn't focus exclusively on the Homeric epics, but draws from the entire Epic Cycle, covering the whole of the Trojan War, from its immediate cause (the abduction of the Spartan queen Helen) to the sack of the city. The team for ...…
 
Ever wonder what the worst thing to come out of a mythical King's penis might have been? Feel the need to be put off figs forever? Do you own a hairy spider amulet? If you've answered yes to any of these, and even if you haven't, then join us as we continue to look at STIs in antiquity and finally contraception. As per part one, no swearing, bu ...…
 
In the first of two podcasts Emma returns and we look at two prime STI candidates from antiquity. Expect a mixture of scientific detail and the occasional tangent. It'll put you off your dinner and possibly more. This podcast contains mild sexual references and discussions of a frank nature, because it'd be tricky not to given the subject! This ...…
 
The Fighting Lady 1944 Public Domain http://oldtimeradiodvd.com
 
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