That's Ancient History

By Jean Menzies

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That's Ancient History: the podcast for all things classical, old & new. Exploring antiquity from its history to its place in today's world. Host Jean Menzies.

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S.1 E.7 Clytemnestra, Gender and Greek Tragedy with Grace Page
In this week's episode Jean is joined by Grace Page whose current research focuses on gender roles in Aeschylus' tragic trilogy of plays, The Oresteia. Grace hones in on Clytemnestra's role in the Greek tragedies and how Aeschylus uses the art of persuasion, speech and deception to characterize her and play with gender roles. Clytemnestra was the Queen of Argos, wife of the Greek hero Agamemnon and mother of Orestes, Electra and Iphigenia in Greek myth. She is a controversial character that audiences can sympathize with but also detest. Time to make up your own mind! Find Grace @gracenatpage on Twitter & @gracenataliepage on Instagram. Books mentioned: The Oresteia by Aeschylus: Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature edited by Fiona McHardy: Revenge in Athenian Culture by Fiona McHardy: Support the podcast on Patreon:
Aug 06, 2018
S.1 E.6 Ask a Classicist with Jen Campbell: Fairy Tales, Disney Films & Food
In 'Ask a Classicist' host Jean Menzies invites a guest with no background in classics to quiz her on everything they've ever wondered about antiquity. In this episode she is joined by author Jen Campbell as they discuss Disney's Hercules, the similarities between myth and fairy tales and how the ancients dined. Find Jen @jenvcampbell on Twitter. Books Mentioned: The Constellation Myths of Eratosthenes & Hyginus: The Tale of Tales by Giambattista Bastile: Grimm's Fairy Tales translated by Jack Zipes: Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare: Support the podcast on Patreon:
Jul 23, 2018
S.1 E.5 The Ancient Inspiration Behind Fantasy & Science Fiction with Jill Scott
In this podcast Jean is joined by fellow ancient history and fantasy/sci-fi fan to talk about the paralels between mythology, ancient history and their favourite books. Jill delves deep into the legends of J.R.R Tolkein's Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth, highlighting some major comparisons with Greek mythology. George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series turns out to resemble the Roman empire. The hosts demonstrate how J. K. Rowling threaded classics throughout Harry Potter's characters and spells. And the mythological inspiration behind The Hunger Games turns out to involve a Minotaur. Discover all of this and more in detail in this week's episode. Works mentioned: Lord of the Rings: The Silmarillian: Beren and Luthien: A Game of Thrones: The Harry Potter Series: The Hunger Games: Support the podcast on Patreon:
Jul 09, 2018
S.1 E.4 Myth Digest: Procne and Philomela Athenian Princesses
In this episode of That's Ancient History host Jean Menzies goes in-depth exploring the ancient myth of Procne and Philomela, Athenian princesses, and sisters. The podcast will introduce you to the myth, some of its major variations over time and what it perhaps meant to the ancient people who told it - along with some bonus Shakespearean reception. Works Mentioned: Tereus by Sophocles (fragmentary play) Ovid's Metamorphosis: Apollodorus' Library of Greek Mythology: Aristophanes' Birds: Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare: Inventing the Barbarian by Edith Hall: A Tale of Two Sisters: Studies in Sophocles’ Tereus’ (article) by Lyndsay Coo Support the podcast on Patreon:
Jun 25, 2018
S.1 E.3 Combat Trauma in Ancient Greece with Stan Christoforou
In this episode of That's Ancient History Jean talks to fellow PhD student Stan Christoforou about his research on combat trauma in 5th century BC Greece. His research involves dealing with modern psychology and to what extent it can be used to inform our understanding of antiquity, as well as looking at ancient mythological Greek heroes and the burden of war upon their lives. Stan is also currently collecting information for Classics After the Classroom, a project intended to promote classics in state schools so don't forget to check out @ClassicsATC on twitter to learn more. Books mentioned in this episode: Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay: Euripides' Ajax: Euripides' Heracles: Aeschylus' Oresteia: Support the podcast on Patreon:
Jun 11, 2018
S.1 E.2 Retelling Classical Myths with Madeline Miller
In this episode Jean is joined by Madeline Miller, author of the award-winning Song of Achilles to discuss her latest book Circe as well as the process of retelling ancient myths in modern fiction. The topics discussed include the origins of Madeline Miller's passion for ancient history and mythology, the decisions that need to be made when writing a myth retelling and what themes from Circe's story resonate with the 21st audience. Books Mentioned: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Circe by Madeline Miller: Homer's Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson: Ovid's Metamorphosis: Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare: Support the podcast on Patreon:
May 28, 2018
S.1 E.1 Where it all began? Getting into classics with Harriet Scott
In the first episode of season one Jean is joined by fellow classics graduate Harriet, who now works in charities, to chat about how they both discovered ancient history and mythology and developed a passion for the topics. Both were educated at comprehensive state schools in Scotland and had no formal education in classics prior to university so relied on pop culture, television documentaries and encouraging family members to introduce them to antiquity. Hopefully, their experiences will help you discover a passion for the topic too! Books & Shows Mentioned: Asterix the Gaul: Plebs Time Team The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood: Homer's Odyssey: Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars: The Secret History by Donna Tartt: Support the podcast on Patreon:
May 28, 2018
That's Ancient History Introduction
That's Ancient History Introduction by Jean Menzies
May 22, 2018