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Support the podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bookishthoughtsFollow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/thatsancientAnd check out our website: https://www.jeanmenzies.com/podcastCheck out host Jean's book on greek myths: https://amzn.to/3oVrqKvAnd discover more about antiquity in video format on her YouTube channel: https://www.jeanmenzies.com/anc…
 
In the 4th century BCE the region of Thessaly underwent a transformation. It went from being fractured to becoming a unified state under the leadership of Jason. In a short time Jason became a prominent player in Greece, earning the admiration of Xenophon and calling the shots after Leuctra. But then it all ended abruptly. How did he achieve this? …
 
It's the final of my Theban trilogy. In this episode I discuss the highs and lows for Thebes in the 4th century BCE. Along with covering the whirlwind of alliances and reprisals I help answer questions about ridding yourself of a Spartan garrison and interpreting gloomy spiders. Lots to cover so why not give it a go? If you haven't listened to the …
 
In this episode I talk with guest expert Jessica Venner all about what the gardens in Pompeii can tell us. We chat about what the gardens looked like, the problems of keeping up with the neighbours, what was grown and how they are comparable to gardens today. Music by Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).…
 
As part of a look at Thebes I start with the mythical foundation of the city before moving through to the very real aftermath of the Persian invasion. Athletic cows, wedding drama and walls. Something for everyone. I'll be releasing more episodes on Thebes in the future to continue the story of what happened next. Be sure to subscribe so you don't …
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This tenth episode looks at the question Could We Bring Back Dinosaurs? Recent advances in science have made the idea of cloning dinosaurs more likely sometime in the future. The oldest DNA found intact was from around one million years ago. For dinosaurs, we would nee…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This tenth episode looks at The Legacy of the Romans. The ancient Romans have made a dramatic impact on the modern world. Having already acquired blueprints from the ancient Greeks by force, they added strength and conquest to a Greek worldview. The result was advancement…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This final tenth episode looks at The Legacy of Ancient Greece. The Ancient Greeks had a tremendous effect on not only the ancient world but throughout history, leading to the present day. Language, the arts, political systems, and science are but a few examples of what the Greeks …
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians series by Cambridge For Kids. This last episode in the series looks at The Legacy of Ancient Egypt. Five thousand years ago, along the Nile River in Africa, lived one of the most extraordinary civilizations in history. They built awe-inspiring mega structures, invented ingenious devices, and pushed human knowledg…
 
Leptis Magna became a celebrated Roman city on the African shore and was the birthplace of the Emperor Septimius Severus. In this episode I chat with special guest Maria Lloyd all about how the city developed and grew. We then discuss Severus, how did he rise to power and what did he do? Politics, intrigue, betrayal and even whether it's Leptis or …
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This ninth episode looks at The Extinction of Dinosaurs. Around 65 million years ago the dinosaurs and many other species, became extinct. The mystery gave rise to countless theories on why. But in 1981 an outlandish proposal was put forward, that a huge meteor smashed…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This ninth episode looks at Latin Literature and Modern English. Latin, the language of the Ancient Romans was spoken throughout the Empire and gave rise to incredible works of literature. Today the Romans are but a memory but what survives is Latin. About 70% of all Engl…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This ninth episode looks at The Olympian Gods. In order for the Ancient Greeks to make sense of a chaotic universe, the immortal gods were used to explain the forces of nature and the human experience. The greatest of these gods lived atop Mount Olympus, ruled over by Zeus the thun…
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This ninth episode looks at Egyptian Art and Architecture. The Ancient Egyptians did things big. They were a deeply religious civilization so the bigger the structure or more profound the art, the greater the reward would be in the afterlife. Huge monuments cut from granite a…
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This eighth episode looks at The Herbivores. 100 million years ago during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous Periods, some of the largest animals lumbered around the Earth. They had small brains with complex digestive systems and only ate plants. Other plant-eaters like t…
 
Classical Athens is famous for the introduction of theatre and Tragedy. But it didn't just appear out of nowhere. In this episode I try and piece together how it developed and ended up as a main component of the City Dionysia at Athens. All this with rude puppets, wild processions, the odd phallus and politics. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrument…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This eighth episode looks at Julius Caesar. One of the greatest military generals in history, he conquered most of Europe, for Rome. He was once kidnapped by pirates, invaded the land of Britons, had a love affair with Cleopatra and started a bloody civil war that effecti…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This eighth episode looks at Athens and Sparta. The Athenians, skilled traders with a well-rounded society, they valued art, culture and democracy. The Spartans, experts in warfare valued strength, the monarchy and were suspicious of outsiders. They were once allies, but these powe…
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This eighth episode looks at Egyptian Customs and Beliefs. Ancient Egyptians believed that each person's soul was immortal. In order for the soul to reach the afterlife a complex, traditional set of customs was required, sometimes ending with mummification. If these rites wer…
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at The Velociraptor. Velociraptors walked the Earth during the late Cretaceous period, about 90 to 65 million years ago and are closely related to modern birds. Extremely clever and deadly predators, these turkey-sized dinosaurs evolved to beco…
 
Welcome to The Seven Wonders of the ancient world by Cambridge For Kids. This seventh episode looks at The Great Pyramid of Giza. Situated on the Giza plateau near the modern-day city of Cairo in Egypt, the great pyramid was the tallest structure ever built until the 19th century. Part of a royal burial complex it rises to a height of 146m and is m…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This seventh episode looks at Roman Art. The Romans greatly appreciated the ancient Greeks, especially their art. Instead of inventing new forms of art the Romans simply copied Greek styles and called it Roman. But where they truly flourished was in its revolutionary arch…
 
In this special episode I chat with LJ Trafford who has written books covering AD 69 and the four emperors. LJ Trafford has a new book out titled 'How to Survive in Ancient Rome' and we talk about what Rome would have been like for the average person as well as how the turmoil of AD 69 came about and what happened. Join us as we discuss this as wel…
 
It's Halloween so time for the third NOTLD episode. In this episode I talk about hauntings and instances of ghosts in Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. From festivals aiming to placate them through to reports of hauntings and even ways to counter a ghost. There's even a very dangerous trick with a walnut. Episode notes at www.ancientblogger.com. Music …
 
In this episode I discuss four mountains which featured in ancient Greece. How did they feature in the local myths? What happened on them? I cover this as well as the more obscure mountain associations, from bizarre marital advice, singing competitions to very bad family cooking. Notes to the episode can be found at www.ancientblogger.com Music by …
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This seventh episode looks at Greek Mythology. Thousands of years ago people did not have sciences like we have today to help them understand life. Ancient Greek people could see sickness, death, and natural disasters, but they did not understand what caused them. Mythology in the …
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This seventh episode looks at The Great Pyramid and Aliens. Archaeologists have spent many years trying to crack the mysteries of the ancient pharaohs' burial tombs, but are yet to even scratch the surface of the pyramids' true history and nature. The pyramids' baffling past …
 
It's time to turn my attention to the references made to eclipses in antiquity. They appear in palace records, poems and historical writings and across the Mediterranean (including Mesopotamia). How where they understood? What rituals were observed and how can they be used to date and locate an event? Join me to find out more. Notes to the episode …
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at The T-Rex, King of Dinosaurs. The name Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘king of the tyrant lizards’ in Greek. It stood 4m tall and 12m long and weighed as much as 9 tons. It had very powerful legs and a muscular tail, which was necessary to balance …
 
Welcome to The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. It was a huge burial chamber built for Mausolus, the leader of Caria and governor of the Persian Empire, in 350 BC. It was built using Persia's rich source of marble, set on a rectangular platform and conta…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at Life as a Roman. Everyday life in a Roman city was totally reliant on your status in society. The city, however, contained a mix of rich and poor people. The rich had the advantage of slave labour, whether it was warming the water at the baths,…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at Architecture and Art. Ancient Greek architects and artists have provided some of the finest and most unique buildings ever seen in the ancient world. Through the design and use of their temples, sculptures and pottery, the Greeks would live by a central …
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This sixth episode looks at Tutankhamun and the Curse. The Pharaoh Tutankhamun died in 1323 BC aged around 18. His body was moved to the Valley of the Kings, across the Nile from the city of Luxor in Egypt. When famous British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb o…
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fifth episode looks at the Modern-Day Study of Dinosaurs. In these modern times, we are just beginning to decode the information hidden within the fossil record. But keeping in mind that these remains have changed from their original living state to fossils over m…
 
Welcome to The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fifth episode looks at The Statue of Zeus at Olympia. The Statue of Zeus was a massive 12 meters high, statue of the god Zeus, the King of the Ancient Greek gods. The statue was made from an inner wooden structure then enclosed with luxurious materials such…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fifth episode looks at Architecture and Engineering. The Romans developed fascinating architecture and were outstanding engineers. While being strongly influenced by Greek and Etruscan designs, they were the finest builders of roads, bridges, and aqueducts in the anc…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fifth episode looks at Literature and The Theatre. One of the favourite forms of entertainment for the Ancient Greeks was the Theatre. It began as part of a festival to the Greek god Dionysus, but eventually became extremely popular amongst the public and nobility. Literature …
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fifth episode looks at Cleopatra. Cleopatra, who reigned as queen of Egypt during the 1st century B.C., is one of the most famous female rulers in history. Her life inspired a Shakespeare play and several movies. Famous in history and drama as the lover of Julius Caesar …
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fourth episode looks at The Discovery of Dinosaurs Existence. Ancient peoples most likely uncovered fossils of dinosaur bones from time to time, but they had no idea what they had found. Ancient Chinese writings from over 2,000 years ago found "dragon" bones. In 1…
 
Welcome to The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World podcast Series by Cambridge For Kids. This fourth episode details The Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Lighthouse at Alexandria was the first known lighthouse and stood for 1600 years on the coast of Egypt. It was built on the island of Pharos, to help guide trade ships into its busy harbor at Alexandr…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fourth episode looks at the Inventions of Transportation. Ancient Romans traveled by land and sea. From the earliest times, the Romans displayed remarkable skill at building and engineering. They constructed bridges across the river Tiber, aqueducts to supply Rome wi…
 
Welcome to The Ancient Greeks podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fourth episode looks at Greek Philosophy, the First Thinkers. The philosophers of ancient Greece were among the greatest thinkers to ever grace humanity. Ancient Greek philosophy and medical writing were extremely important on later thought, both in the West and in the East. W…
 
Welcome to The Age of the Egyptians podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This fourth episode looks at Inventions. Egyptian inventions were vast and it might be easier to list the things they did not invent such as the wheel; not unexpected in a civilization where boats were mainly used as the means of transport. The Pyramids. Writing. Papyrus Shee…
 
Welcome to When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This third episode looks at Biology, the Biggest, Smallest and the Strangest. Size has been one of the most interesting aspects of dinosaur science to the general public and to scientists. Dinosaurs show some of the most extreme variations in any species that roamed th…
 
Welcome to The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This third episode looks at The Temple Of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, was built to honor the goddess Artemis, the protector of woman. It has been described as the most beautiful and dazzling of all of the Seven Wonders. Writ…
 
Welcome to The Rise of The Roman Empire podcast series by Cambridge For Kids. This third episode looks at the Romans and the Economy. During the Roman Republic, the Roman economy was largely based on farming and trade, centered on goods such as grain and wine. Military expansion powered the economy, bringing in slaves and riches back to Rome, which…
 
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