Ancient Greece Declassified
By Dr. Lantern Jack
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The podcast that transports you to the ancient world and back, with some good conversation along the way. It's not just about ancient Greece. It's about a huge chunk of human history that the Greek texts give us access to: from Egypt and Babylon, to Persia, to Carthage and Rome, we'll sail the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics will include archaeology, literature, and philosophy. New episode every month.
||Clean18 A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)||What can anthropology tell us about the origins of humanity's oldest epic stories? And what can these epics, in turn, tell us about our undying fascination with heroes? Joining us to explore these topics and more are Gregory Nagy, professor of...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 Platonic Love w/ Zina Giannopoulou (Plato's Symposium)||'Platonic love' is one of the most fascinating (and misunderstood) concepts to have come down to us from the ancient Greeks. Classicist Zina Giannopoulou joins us to set the record straight about the origins of the concept and what Plato's radical...||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 Dialogue and Dialectic w/ MM McCabe (Philosophy, Plato, Socrates)||Philosopher MM McCabe joins us to discuss the art of the philosophical dialogue, both as a literary form and as a practice between people in real-time conversation. What makes Plato's dialogues, for example, worth reading? And is there anything...||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 Homer's Meta-Odyssey w/ Richard Martin||Mythology expert Richard Martin joins us to discuss why the Odyssey has been considered great story-telling by audiences across millennia. As we talked about in episode 2 (on the Iliad), the Homeric epics came out of a long tradition of oral...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 Did Aristotle Hold Science Back 2000 Years? w/ Peter Adamson||Did you know that Aristotle is to blame for the sad state of science during the Dark Ages in Western Europe? We could have colonized Mars by now if it weren't for Aristotle's disastrously wrong scientific ideas holding back the progress of science for..||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 Decoding Atlantis w/ Mark Adams (Plato, Timaeus, Critias)||No other story from ancient Greece has fueled so many controversies, theories, investigations, novels, movies, and documentaries as the story of Atlantis – that grand civilization that supposedly flourished thousands of years before the pyramids...||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 The Comedy of Democracy w/ Edith Hall (Aristophanes)||World-renowned classicist Edith Hall joins us to discuss the relation between entertainment and politics in ancient Athens, particularly on the comic stage. Theatrical comedy, which was invented in Athens after the city's democratic revolution, was at..||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 Caves and Classrooms w/ Raffaella Cribiore||Papyrologist Raffaella Cribiore on education in the ancient Greco-Roman world---- Much of our modern educational system – from the names of our institutions to the books we consider the “classics” – derive from Greco-Roman antiquity. But what...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Hannibal Takes On Rome w/ Patrick Hunt (Carthage, Polybius, Livy)||Archaeologist Patrick Hunt joins us to discuss Hannibal - the infamous Carthaginian general and one of the greatest military strategists of all time. Having witnessed Carthage's defeat by the Romans as a child, Hannibal dedicated his life to thwarting..||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 The World's Oldest Computer w/ Xenophon Moussas (Antikythera Mechanism)||Xenophon Moussas, physicist and member of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, sheds light on the mysterious device that has been described as an “ancient computer,” an “astronomical calculator,” and a “mechanical cosmos.” For more...||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 Plato Strikes Back! w/ Rebecca Newberger Goldstein||Rebecca Newberger Goldstein joins us for a discussion about Plato, Socrates, and the legacy of Greek philosophy. Goldstein is one of the most acclaimed and widely-read philosophers today. Her most recent book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 The Persian Wars w/ Ian Morris (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon)||Ian Morris, archaeologist and professor of Classics at Stanford University, joins us for a discussion on the Persian expeditions against Greece in 490-479 BC. How did the Greeks pull off a totally unexpected victory against the biggest invasion force...||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 What Is Greek Tragedy? w/ Rush Rehm (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides)||Rush Rehm, professor of classics and of theater and performing studies at Stanford University, joins us for a discussion about Greek tragedy. The origins of tragedy (and theater in general) can be traced back in time to one city in the late 6th...||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 Democracy and Demagogues in Ancient Athens w/ Josiah Ober||Historian Josiah Ober of Stanford University joins us for a discussion on classical Athens and how the Athenian system compared to our own democracy. As Ober writes in his recent book The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, “Democracy and growth...||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 Sappho: The Tenth Muse w/ Andromache Karanika||Andromache Karanika of UC Irvine joins us to talk about Sappho||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 Dying For Immortality in Homer's Iliad w/ Andrew Ford||Andrew Ford of Princeton University joins us for a conversation about the Iliad. What makes it so...epic? And what kind of vision of the world does Homer provide his audiences?||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 Bronze Age Apocalypse 1177BC w/ Eric Cline||Archaeologist Eric Cline on what caused the simultaneous collapse of the Mycenaeans, Hittites, and most other major civilizations at the end of the second millennium BC, thus ushering in the world's first dark ages. Hint: it wasn't just the Sea Peoples.||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 Tomb Raiders, Codebreakers, and the Discovery of Antiquity (Rosetta Stone, Cuneiform, Linear B)||Four astonishing archaeological discoveries that extended our knowledge of history back into the mythical past: Champollion and the Rosetta Stone, Grotefend's cuneiform breakthrough, Schliemann digging for Troy, and Michael Ventris' deciphering of...||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00 Introduction||--||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
The format of this podcast (interviews with well-respected scholars and archeologists) is excellent and sets it apart from most others (it is somewhat reminiscent of "In Our Time" in that way). Jack is clearly an informed interviewer and will hopefully continue to give listeners background information and a sense of potential plurality of opinions in discussions to come (in a one-on-one scenario there is more pressure on the interviewer than what Melvyn faces with multiple guests in IOT). Extremely worthwhile podcast and I hope it grows in popularity so that we can get episodes on a regular schedule.
Deep, quick, erudite, eloquent
Bright, clear light from Jack's lantern shining on ancient Greece through the creative effort of many adventures, scientists, mathematicians and just curious people. Uniqe angle, sharp focus - enjoyable.
Eagerly awaiting further podcasts.
Lantern Jack rules!
Very nice effort, with a thoughtful host and knowledgeable guests - full of fascinating discussions concerning the development of the ancient world and the preeminent place held by the Greeks in classical times.
Give it a listen for wisdom begins in wonder!