Ancient and Classical

Ancient and Classical

Documentaries, interviews and podcasts about the ancient world. From Roman Britain to the Polynesians.

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  • Total War: The Three Kingdoms of China

    Something a little different... Total War: Three Kingdoms is the fastest selling real time strategy of all time, and based on the Wei, Shu, and Wu division of China in the 200s AD. This is an interview that talks about fact and fiction within gaming narratives and the historical research undertak...

  • The Hag of Beara

    The Hag of Beara, also known as the Hag of Winter, was a mythical figure that predated Christianity in Ireland. She was regarded by people as the mother protector / creator of the landscape. Like many pagan gods and traditions, she did not escape the intolerant wave of Christianity that swept acr...

  • Women of the Trojan War

  • 🎧 Greek Myths

    Natalie Haynes joined me on the podcast to retell the stories of remarkable women at the heart of Greek myths, from Medusa, Penelope, and Pandora, to the Amazons.

  • 🎧 Chinese Philosophy

    Michael Puett is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard and has lectured widely at the world's leading universities. His course in Chinese philosophy is among the most popular at Harvard and in 2013 he was awarded a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

  • 🎧 Circe and Greek Myths with Madeleine Miller

    Dan and bestselling author Madeleine Miller chat Greek myths and the Odyssey. They talk about Virgil, the Aenead, Patroclus and Agamemnon, and whether Dan should sacrifice his daughter to ensure prevailing winds. Producer: Peter Curry

  • 🎧 Confucius with Roel Sterckx

    Dan and Roel Sterckz sit down to talk about all things Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher and politician. They discuss his influence in the trajectory of intellectual history and what we know about the historical Confucius. Producer: Oliver Nelken

  • 🎧 Crowd Sourcing Archaeology From Space with Sarah Parcak

    Sarah Parcak is an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and remote sensing expert, who has used satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt, Rome, and elsewhere in the former Roman Empire. She is the associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for...

  • 🎧 Democracy

    Professor Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek Culture emeritus University of Cambridge and author of many books, most recently, Democracy: A Life.

  • 🎧 In Conversation with Mary Beard

    Mary Beard OBE, FSA, FBA is an English scholar and classicist. Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and the Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. Mary Beard?s new book is entitled 'Women & Power: A Manifesto'.

  • 🎧 Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities with Bettany Hughes

    Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her specialty is ancient and medieval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and ...

  • 🎧 Eight Egyptian Mummies Discovered in Tomb near Luxor with Chris Naunton

    Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer, broadcaster and public speaker. Chris has a PhD in Egyptology and is currently writing a book with the provisional title Search for the Missing Tombs of Egypt for Thames & Hudson.

  • 🎧 Germanicus with Lindsay Powell

    2,000 years ago, the heroic general Germanicus Caesar died at Epidaphnae just outside Antioch on the Orontes. Roman historian Lindsay Powell unravels the mystery surrounding the demise of Ancient Rome’s most popular son and explains why he was such a remarkable figure.

  • 🎧 Mystery of the Alexander the Great Coin Hoard

    Off the coast of the Gaza Strip fishermen have been discovering coins of extreme rarity and importance. They date from the brief reign of Alexander the Great in the Third Century BC. Strangely, months later, a collection of very very similar coins were sold in a London auction house. What's the s...

  • 🎧 Nero

    Shusma Malik joined me on the podcast to discuss the infamous Emperor Nero. He ruled nearly 2000 years ago, after taking over from his stepfather Claudius. Nero was a despotic ruler, enamoured in his own talents. His reign was characterised by tyranny and debauchery. To what extent is the commonl...

  • 🎧 Old King Tut with Dr Colleen Darnell

    Dr Colleen Darnell talks to Dan about 'Tutmania', the phase of obsession with the uncovering of the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as all things Egyptology.

  • 🎧 A New Discovery at Stonehenge

    I was delighted to be joined by one of the most important people in the history world at the moment: Professor Vincent Gaffney. He is the leading archaeologist behind the recent discovery of a vast neolithic circle of deep shafts in Durrington, near Stonehenge. Vince took me through the thrills a...

  • 🎧 Augustus with Lindsay Powell

    Who was the greatest European ever? Dan talks to Lindsay Powell to find out.

  • 🎧 Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World with Adrian Goldsworthy

    Dr Adrian Goldsworthy is a historian and novelist who specialises in ancient Roman history. His latest book is, Pax Romana.

  • 🎧 Pertinax. Son of a Slave to Emperor of Rome.

    The son of a former slave, Pertinax was the Roman Emperor who proved that no matter how lowly your birth, you could rise to the very top through hard work, grit and determination.This previously untold story brings a fascinating and important figure out of the shadows. A self made everyman, a man...

  • 🎧 Roman Legionaries with Simon Elliott

    Dan has his regular catch-up with Simon Elliott on all things Roman. Why were the legionaries so successful, and how did they maintain that success for several centuries?

  • 🎧 Roman Navy in Britain: The Classis Britannica with Simon Elliott

    SImon Elliott is an historian and archaeologist. In this episode, he discusses his book 'Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain'.

  • 🎧 Saturnalia with Kevin Butcher

    Dan talks to Kevin Butcher about the Roman festival of Saturnalia, with its drinking, gift-giving, and sense of a world turned upside-down.

  • 🎧 Septimius Severus in Scotland with Simon Elliott

    Dan talks to Simon Elliott about Septimius Severus, the first Hammer of the Scots, about his Northern Campaigns, and the true story of this savage 3rd century invasion of Scotland.