The History of Exploration
By Guillaume Lamothe
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A podcast telling the story of history's great explorers, from the early classical voyages of exploration to modern times.
||CleanEpisode 9 - Polybius on the Trail of the Ancients||In this episode, we look at the life of historian Polybius, a mediocre explorer who nonetheless, by virtue of being in the right place at the right time, stood at a pivotal moment in the history of exploration, becoming responsible for uniting the...||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Eratosthenes and the Invention of Geography||In this episode, we take a short step back in time and look at the invention of the academic discipline of geography by Eratosthenes of Cyrene, and the effects which a more ordered understanding of the world had on ancient Mediterranean perceptions of..||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Eudoxus of Cyzicus Doesn't Always Drink Beer, But When He Does...||Episode 7 - Eudoxus of Cyzicus Doesn't Always Drink Beer, But When He Does...||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Early Hellenistic Exploration with the Pseudo-Skylax||In this episode, we look at the first decades of Hellenistic exploration in the North, South and West of the Mediterranean, from the northern Caspian sea to south Sudan. We revisit a few previously-mentioned locations, witness the precursors to...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Tylos and the Arabian Coast||In this episode, we look at the brief and abortive Greek attempts to explore and circumnavitage the Arabian coast, with a particular focus on the island of Tylos, its wonderful flora, and its mysterious people.||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4D - The Coast of Gedrosia||Episode 4D - The Coast of Gedrosia||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4C - Into the Indian Ocean||In this episode, we follow Nearchus and his fleet as they brave the Southeastern monsoon and cope with dwindling water reserves to make their way through the Indus River delta and into the Indian ocean, where they rendezvous with Leonnatus. We also...||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4B - Down the Indus River||Episode 4B - Down the Indus River||7/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4A - Nearchus and Alexander in India||Episode 4A - Nearchus and Alexander in India||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3B - North, to Ultima Thule||Episode 3B - North, to Ultima Thule||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3A - Pytheas the Massaliot's Journey to Britain||Episode 3A - Pytheas the Massaliot's Journey to Britain||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - The Voyage of Hanno the Navigator||In this episode, we explore the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Carthaginian explorer Hanno the Navigator south along the coast of West Africa, and examine the indirect way in which the details about his voyage have come down to us.||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Necho II's Expedition and the Early Mediterranean Explorers||We begin in 500 BCE in order to set the stage for the coming voyages of the early Mediterranean explorers, as well as take a look at Necho II's reported expedition to circumnavigate Africa.||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0 - Introduction||I introduce the podcast and the ways in which I will look at exploration throughout history. I also lay out some of the ways in which you can contact me to share your thoughts on improving the podcast.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Greatest cast in a while
This is the best podcast I have heard in awhile. Intersting topics, well told with flair and well informed. Hope there are many more.
Good podcast by a historian with passion
A young historian takes his first foray into the world podcasting. Tales of history’s great explorers told with lots of passion for the historian’s craft. Worth listening to!
Very well done
In the first few episodes, Guiilaume is doing a great job in describing the early (mostly sketchy) documented episodes of human exploration.