Ancient Rome Refocused
By Rob Cain
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A series of podcasts on Ancient Rome and its relationship to modern culture. Sometimes controversial -- always entertaining. Listeners are encouraged to visit our blog site at: http://ancientromerefocused.org COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE WELCOME. Any questions or suggestions for future podcasts can be sent to: email@example.com
||Clean"It's Good to be Queen."||"It's Good to be Queen."||3/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio."||"My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio."||12/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Venus and Imaginative Archaeology"||"Venus and Imaginative Archaeology"||5/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Who is James A. Bretney?"||"Who is James A. Bretney?"||10/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Time Cafe Commercial"||"The Time Cafe Commercial"||10/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Nothing New Under the Sun. Get Over it."||The episode starts with a modern version of the Aeneid. Please forgive me, Virgil. Annie meets a guy visiting from overseas and conspires to keep him in Chicago so she can work her charms on him. It's a 'chicklit' with the makings of a great 'chick movie.' Do you hear that SONY PICTURES? Mr. Cain then interviews Natalie Haynes who has written the book THE ANCIENT GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE. How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived? Whether political, cultural, or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds. Whether it’s the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of the hit HBO series, The Wire, or that of Oedipus; the popular enthusiasm for the Emperor Titus or President Obama – over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago. It’s time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria. This is a book with a serious point to make but the author isn’t just a classicist but a comedian and broadcaster who has made television and radio documentaries about humour, education and Dorothy Parker. This is a book for us all, not for an elite. The show concludes with a plug for the podcast: TWILIGHT HISTORIES by Jordan Harbour. "Listen to the extraordinary podcast: ROME INDUSTRIAL.||2/21/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Caesar By Any Other Name is Still a Caesar."||Mr. Cain travels back to the time of Alaric the Visitgoth and his sack of Rome. Was he tempted to take the imperial purple? He has a rant about modern day Neros and the symbols of empire. After he calms down he interviews Mark Schauss of the podcast RUSSIAN RULERS HISTORY. Mr. Schauss makes connections between the Czars and the Caesars. The show concludes with listener call-ins and we hear from the Archaeologist William Glover who talks about the Ninth Legion.||12/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?"||Mr. Cain goes back to Ancient Troy and we join Aeneas as he flees the city guided by the goddess Aphrodite. Eric Shanower the writer and illustrator of the graphic novels THE AGE OF BRONZE is interviewed. Yes, Brad Pitt is discussed and the movie Troy.||7/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Washington Wore a Toga."||A study of the Founding Fathers and how they were influenced by the classics. Mr. Cain interviews Dr. Carl J. Richard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who wrote the book, "Why We're All Romans."||5/30/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"I'm the Emperor, and You're Not."||Title - "I'm the Emperor and You're Not." A look at a boy who visits a soothsayer and is foretold of his rise to the emperorship of Rome. A review of the cancelled NBC show KINGS, and a comparison of what it means to be part of the imperial family. The listener then travels back in time (in Mr. Cain's time machine) to interview for the position of emperor. This is the last episode of Season One. The show will return in March.||12/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The 24th Shitkickers Were Never the Same After The Peloponese"||"The 24th Shitkickers Were Never the Same After The Peloponese"||8/21/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Ancient Rome Refocused||Title: "Save Me a Seat at the Triumph, and Let's Throw a Cabbage at the Gaul." A study of the Roman Triumph, its purpose and modern equivalents. The episode starts with a reading from Steven Saylor's book 'The Triumph of Caesar' and includes an interview with the author.||5/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Stay for the Servile Wars or visit Mother in Sperlonga."||A study of Spartacus. Was he a hero or a brigand? Why did Spartacus turn back from the Alps?||4/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Time Travel is Easy, History is Hard."||A look at the difficulties of living in 51 B.C.||3/3/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What have the Romans ever done for us?"||"What have the Romans ever done for us?"||1/11/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
A Good Compliment to The History of Rome
Interestingly, the time travel episode is occuring at the same time as Mike Duncan in The Hisotry or Rome is also focusing on life in Roman times. The two have a different style (one reviewer compared this to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, which I think is a very good comparison), but the two compliment each other. I look forward to hearing more episodes.
If you love DC's Hardcore History, you'll love this
Very well done podcast, it seems very underrated as well.
Great Podcast, Brings You Into History
Get chills as this podcast transports you to Rome and brings you face to face with questions like: "Is it really moral to free a slave in Rome if his life is going to be miserable and short if you do?"