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***For all Classical scholars out there, if you specialize in a particular area or topic that in any of my episodes you feel was either misrepresented or underrepresented, please reach out to me and I'd love to interview you and do a supplementary episode on the topic!


  1. Hi Ryan,

    About visiting Oxford when you're in London.

    You can catch a train from Paddington railway station, which is easy to get to on the tube network. Day return around £25 (return fare). Book in advance and you'll get a better deal.

    On the other hand, you can catch a coach from about £20.

    From train station in Oxford it's an easy and pleasant walk to the museums, and you'll pass a fair few of the old colleges.

    The Ashmolean is central and houses Arthur Evans's Minoan collection plus lots of other good stuff.

    The Pitt Rivers, if you have time and are interested, is a bizarre and wonderful ethnographic collection. You would need to go to the Natural History museum and walk from its main front entrance right through to the back, where a large multi-levelled and dimly lit hall opens out. The collection is organised thematically and you can open all the drawers under the old-fashioned display cases. It's wonderful.

    Entrance to all museums is free.

    You can do both museums in one day. Or perhaps just do the Ashmolean and look around a few colleges, and the town. If you do visit, make sure to go to Blackwell's bookshop (the main one) and go downstairs to the Norrington Room.

    I'll have a bit of a think about other things you can get up to.

    Re Bath & Stonehenge. You can do both of those in a day but to get to Stonehenge I'd advocate
    hiring a car. And the traffic can be terrible on the road that runs alongside Stonehenge itself.

  2. Ryan,

    New listener here. Love the concept and the content. I commend you on such an undertaking... Mike Duncan's History of Rome is my favorite all time podcast and I see you emulating a lot of what he does, which is great because what he did he did well. I like listening to new content in a similar format. Thank you for that.

    I have some suggestions that are VERY picky bordering on the edge of rude, and I apologize in advance for the bluntness - I assure you I mean no harm. My intention is to help you improve! Granted, I'm only on episode 4. Maybe these issues have been addressed.

    Tone of voice. Often you start sentences on a higher note, and as the sentence goes on your tone drops low. While this is just generally harder to listen to, it also makes HEARING more difficult.

    Words. You have a habit of taking many words that end with "ed" and truncate the sound to "t". Period (Peer-ee-id) sounds like "Peer-ee-it". Deleted = Deletit. Carried=Carriet. Again, blunt, but this makes you sound uneducated. Knowing that you ARE educated and clearly well-read I assume it's simply personal slang. Worth amending, if possible.

    I'd recommend doing some research on oration and trying to flesh out what the best speakers do well so you can emulate that. Much of what turns people off is simple things like this, and I'd hate to see your podcast reach less than its full potential due to such simple things.

    1. "Hello,

      I'm glad you are enjoying the show so far and thanks for reaching out to me. So first thing, the overall audio quality of the podcast does get better about the Spartan episodes. I do intend to go back and redo the first two dozen or so episodes when I can find time. I was brand new to everything and had bad acoustics in my previous residence, so needless to say it was a learning process.

      However, in regards to some of your suggestions, my pronunciation/accent saying some words won't be "fixed". It's a regional linguistic habit and just how my speech pattern has always worked since youth. I have difficulty accenting certain letters and for the life of me I can't say certain words "right", or at least what certain "educated" people think is right. I have had numerous complaints on that, and well that's just life. Blame it on my central Pennsylvania roots. If that bothers some and turns others off because it makes me sound "uneducated", then all I can say is that that's unfortunate (and sad) that my dialect does not accord with others' linguistic prejudices and that their perception of education does not extend to an understanding of socio-linguistics. I would recommend to those type of people that they need to re-examine their own biases/prejudices if they're making judgements about someone's intelligence based on their regional accents.

      I realized going into this that my podcast (the topic and my style) wasn't going to be for everyone. But nobody else had done anything like this on Greece so when I left the academic world I decided to put all this information that I had in my brain (and on paper) to good use and keep my passion for Greek history alive in some medium. If the way I say things turns people off, then so be it. It won't hurt my feelings. For every person who complains, there has been another person who has praised the way I speak and communicate. So the lession is that you can't please everyone.

      Anyways, thanks again for listening and I hope that you don't get turned off by my personal rhetorical style. If you do, well I hope to one day turn all these episodes into book format and maybe you can read it then.

      Also, I recommend listening to the most recent episode or two and see if I have made any improvements. It's usually a safe bet to assume that episode 44 is going to sound a lot different than episode 4. After all, experience is the best teacher. "


  3. Cavalry not Calvary! One is a type of mounted military, the other, a PLACE in the Levant. And please, tell us why it has to be ex-cape and not escape. Maddening minor issues with the podcast, but they are so damned grating while the rest of the 'cast is quite good.

    1. I know the difference. But I appreciate your need to be pedantic. I just can't linguistically say it "correctly". Blame it on how I speak, where I grew up, how I was raised, etc. But you obviously understand what I am trying to convey, so if it bothers you so much that it is "maddening" then that is a YOU problem, and feel free to listen to other podcasts. Good luck finding one on ancient Greece as detailed, as thorough, and as heavily researched and laboriously put together as the FREE podcast that I am making, though.

  4. Hey Ryan, just wanted to drop a line to say that I am appreciative of the effort you are putting into this review of Greek History. I have a minor background in philosophy so the Greeks and their ideas have always interested me. In addition, I love all things ancient which is how I came across your podcast to begin with. Like (I imagine) many others I am a devotee of the THoR and have listened to a few other podcasts including The Ancient W0rld (which is another gem), Lars Brownworth's stuff, the History of Byzantium, etc.

    While I empathize with some others' comments about voice inflection etc, don't let them bother you. I imagine they were simply trying to help you improve the execution of the podcast (which I have to say has improved in quality from the beginning). I just wanted to make sure you knew that I appreciated the SUBSTANCE of your work. I know it is not an easy endeavor.

    I am only halfway through (currently on episode 28) but have enjoyed it thus far. BTW, I am absolutely watering at the mouth when looking at your syllabus of future podcasts. The next two dozen or so will be emphasizing the culture/daily life of the Greeks which is always my favourite part of history pods. PIECE OF ADVICE: PLEASE, DISCUSS THE HELLENIZATION OF EGYPT AND THE IMPACT OF ALEXANDRIA ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD. POSSIBLY, THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC TO DISCUSS POST-CLASSICAL GREECE.

    Cheers and keep up the good fight. May the Gods favour you.

    1. Hey Mark,

      I do really appreciate the sentiment. It is always nice to hear kind words of encouragement. Those podcasts you just mentioned were trailblazers in the field and without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I've been wanting to do THOAG for many years (since 2011 to be exact) but never pulled the trigger for some reason. Anyways, I am glad I did. And trust me, I will definitely talk about Egypt and Alexandria. The syllabus is very incomplete when it comes to the Hellenistic Period. I have yet to formulate exactly how to attack everything. Those are all just talking points. I am sure I will figure it out when I get there. I've already added about twenty episodes to the podcast that I hadn't expected (to where I currently am at with 47). Sometimes, you just jump into a topic and realize a half an episode won't do and it becomes three! And sometimes you spontaneously just add episodes you didn't envision along the way (my recent two myth episodes for example). Anyways, thanks again!


  5. Ryan, thank you for the hard work and research you have put into this project. I have learned an enormous amount from listening to your podcast. I'm sending you a modest donation through PayPal.

    Don't let your critics discourage you. Mike Duncan mispronounces all kinds of names and other words, yet we all immensely enjoy his podcast. I'm glad you explained about the regional dialect issue. Maybe your listeners can now enjoy the nuances of your regional dialect instead of criticizing it.

    Keep up the good work!


    1. Hey David,

      Thank you so much for the kind words and most definitely for your donation! It's always great to read encouragement from listeners. It makes all the work feel worthwhile!


  6. Hey Ryan,

    Thank you very much for a great podcast. I wonder why would anyone have anything but positive things to say about your podcast, since it is extremely well researched and well delivered. I am grateful for your hard work. High quality podcasts are rare, and yours is one of the best!!



  7. Ryan,

    Thank you so much for your work on the History of Ancient Greece! I've searched for many years for a good timeline of Hellenistic culture and history, only to find scattered info on certain eras or mostly the "golden age" discussion, but you've done an excellent job of putting everything together. I also came across your podcast in search for information about the connection of the Hellenes and the Romans, and I'll be sure to check out the Mike Duncan Podcast as soon as I'm done with yours.

    I'm on episode 10 at the moment. I won't harp on the vocal inflections, but I do wish the Greek words were pronounced with better diction. If you ever need help with the Greek language in the future, please email me and I would be glad to help out. I'm Greek/American, have lived in Athens and Thessaloniki, and have been through most of the mainland and a few islands. I would also be glad to help you out if you go to Greece. I'm very passionate about the history of Greece and it's people, and I try to learn something new every time I go back. I will definitely have more knowledge and imagination the next time I visit.

    Thanks again, and please feel free to email me

    -Stratos Argyriou

  8. Just listened to The Lord of the Sea. Thanks! Learned a lot.

  9. I really miss your podcast. It's been nearly a month since your last podcast. I hope everything is alright.

    1. Hey there,

      Sorry about that. Holidays, sickness, work, and getting ready to move across country next month really set me back this month. New episode is posted now. Hopefully you enjoy!

      P.S. That actually made my day, you saying you really missed my podcast, so thanks! :-)


  10. Hey Ryan,

    I know you’ve been doing this for a while, but having only recently come across your amazing podcast I felt I had to beg you never to stop! The amount of detail you go into reminds me of my Ancient History lectures from when I was at university (which isn’t a bad thing!) and I can’t thank you enough for doing what you do. I think you’d have done extremely well had you stayed in academia full time, though it’s never too late.

    I have 3 recommendations for a fellow lover of all things Ancient Greek, though not all are strictly erudite! If you ever get the chance to visit Greece, make Delphi a priority, it truly is stunning and transports you right back (though that fool Constantine stole the Plataean tripod for his capital). Secondly, if you ever want to read anything about Sparta, read anything by Prof. Stephen Hodkinson, my former tutor and international expert in Spartan studies. I know he has a number of chapters available for free online, including an excellent piece studying helotage and the agrarian economy in comparison with other slave systems of different eras.

    Finally, if you’re a gamer play Assassins Creed Odyssey. This game is remarkably detailed and historically accurate; if ever you tire of reading about Perikles’ Athens, you can just go there! It’s set at the start of the Peloponnesian War and it truly is amazing, almost as good as your podcast!

    Thanks again from the UK