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Caves and Classrooms
w/ Raffaella Cribiore
Raffaella Cribiore, professor of Classics at New York University and award-winning author of “Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt,” joins us to talk about what the archaeological evidence from Egypt can tell us about schools, students, and teachers throughout the Greco-Roman world.
Hannibal Takes On Rome
w/ Patrick Hunt
Hannibal was a general from the republic of Carthage in north Africa 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 the mission of thwarting Rome's imperialist ambitions and restoring power to his native Carthage. Joining us to discuss the man behind the legend is archaeologist Patrick Hunt of Stanford University.
The World's Oldest Computer
w/ Xenophon Moussas
Xenophon Moussas is professor of physics at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens as well as a member of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project and he joins us to shed light on this marvel from the ancient world.
Plato Strikes Back w/
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein joins us for a discussion about Plato, Socrates, and the legacy of Greek philosophy in the modern world.
The Persian Wars
w/ Ian Morris
Ian Morris, archaeologist and professor of Classics at Stanford University, joins us for a discussion on the Persian invasions of Greece in 490-479 BC. How did the Greeks pull off a totally unexpected victory against the biggest invasion force that had ever been launched?
What Is Greek Tragedy?
w/ Rush Rehm
Rush Rehm, professor of Classics and of Theater and Performing Studies at Stanford University, joins us for a discussion about one of the most pivotal and enigmatic developments in the ancient world: the invention of theater in Athens in the late 6th century BC.
Democracy and Demagogues in
Ancient Athens w/ Josiah Ober
Historian Josiah Ober of Stanford University joins us for a discussion on ancient Athens, how the Athenian system compared to our own democracy, and what lessons, if any, we can take away from the Athenian experience.
Sappho: The Tenth Muse w/ Andromache Karanika
Sappho is one of the first song-writers we know of in history, partly because she was one of the first singers to write down her songs, in around 600BC.
Dying for Immortality in Homer's Iliad w/ Andrew Ford
What makes the Iliad so...epic? And what kind of vision of the world does Homer provide to his audiences?
Bronze Age Apocalypse
1177 BC w/ Eric H. Cline
Most of the civilizations of the late bronze age were mysteriously destroyed at around the same time in the 12th century BC. Archaeologists have been debating what caused this destruction for over a century...
Tomb Raiders, Codebreakers and the Discovery of Antiquity
How do we know so much about the ancient world? This episode explores four astonishing archaeological discoveries that extended our knowledge of history back into the mythical past...
Ancient Greece Declassified is a podcast about making the “Classics” accessible to everyone. Thanks to archaeology and modern scholarship, we now know more about the ancient world than we ever did before. However, the average person today doesn't have access to free, reliable, up-to-date information about ancient Greece. Unlike other fields, the Classics have remained largely confined to the ivory tower of academia. It's time to change that. The Classics shouldn't be just for people lucky enough to go to certain schools. Everyone should be able to know about the ideas and events that inspired the founders of this republic. Let's declassify the classics.
The host of the podcast, Lantern Jack, is a graduate student in ancient philosophy who loves to travel and to play music. Exploring ancient Greece combines both of these passions, since the past is a foreign country, and ancient Greece in particular is a musical place.
The music for this podcast is provided by the incomparable Jason Webley.