Oct 28, 2019
In the first of two episodes I chat about the instances of human sacrifice in ancient Mesopotamia and Carthage. Archaeology, forensics and the books of the Old Testament combine to throw some light on this chilling topic.
Given the subject the content is strong at points and involves reference to child sacrifice, just...
Aug 20, 2019
In this podcast I discuss three aspects of Pompeii. I start with how it developed and grew. I then look at the mechanics of the eruption. This includes considering the evidence which supports the major cause of deaths there. Finally I'll deal with what the remains tell us and how they might mislead as much as...
Aug 11, 2019
In this episode I continue the theme of early Rome by looking at its second King. Numa Pompilius.
I talk about how he came to the throne, what religious initiatives he set in place and how the sources handled their accounts of him. As ever there are some curious tangents involving dancing, possible magic, thunderstorms...
Jul 7, 2019
Please note that this includes references to the Rape of the
Sabine Women and sexual references.
In this episode I take a look into Rome's foundation myth and how Livy, Dionysus and Plutarch handled the various elements within it.
Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai...
May 9, 2019
In the second episode on Spartan Women I look at what an adult woman might have got up to. From quite a curious marriage ceremony through to the terrifying prospect of a Spartan mother. It's all here.
Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)