Outline

Rough outline for podcast (subject to change)

The first part of this episode will be a brief introduction to the podcast; who I am, what my motivation is for doing this, and what I hope to achieve. In the second part, we describe Greece and its resources
In this episode, we describe Creation, according to the Greeks
In this episode, we leave the realm of myth and trace the development of early human activity in Greece, culminating in the domestication of plants and animals and the rise of the earliest villages
In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early Bronze Age on mainland Greece and the Cycladic Islands; the arrival of the Indo-Europeans; and the rediscovery of three legendary Bronze Age cities (Troy, Knossos, and Mycenae) in the latter part of the 19th century AD
In this episode, we discuss the myths and archaeological evidence for the Minoans on the island of Crete, who were an early source of cultural inspiration for the Mycenaean Greeks; the volcanic eruption that blew apart the island of Thera in the mid-17th century BC and was a catalyst for the decline of the Minoan civilization; and the ultimate subordination of the Minoans by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 15th and 14th centuries BC
In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the Mycenaean Greeks of the late Bronze Age
In this episode, we discuss the Trojan War myth; the historical evidence for Mycenaean conflict in Anatolia; the Bronze Age collapse in both Greece and the Near East; and the so-called "Dorian Invasion" southwards into Greece
In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the early "Dark Age" during the 11th and 10th centuries BC; the emigration of Greeks to Anatolia; and the first great author of ancient Greece, a man named Homer, who gives us incite into the society and culture of the early Dark Age through his two great epic poems---the Iliad and the Odyssey
In this episode, we discuss the archaeological evidence for the late "Dark Age" during the 9th and early 8th centuries BC; Greece's cultural reawakening thanks to their contact with the Phoenicians; the development of the Greek alphabet; and the evolution of early "Geometric" vase painting
In this episode, we discuss early Greek religion as formalized by Homer and Hesiod; the development of Panhellenism; and the four predominant Panhellenic sanctuaries of the 8th century BC (Olympia, Delos, Delphi, and Dodona)
In this episode, we discuss the community (demos), household (oikos), and economy in the late "Dark Age"; and its role in the evolution of the city-state (polis) as a socio-political structure
In this episode, we discuss the transitional governments in the early stages of the centrally unified polis, as the waning power of the basileus becomes supplanted by a landowning group of nobles; the economic and social divisions in the early polis between the nobles and commoners brought on by a spike in population in Greece; and the second great author of ancient Greece, a man named Hesiod, who speaks to us about life and society in the emerging polis from the point of view of the ordinary citizen
In this episode, we discuss the revolutionary changes in warfare that took place in the 8th and 7th centuries BC that were strictly Greek and reflect the abstract nature of the polis; and the Lelantine War, the  first large-scale war on the Greek record after the mythical Trojan War and the first instance in which these military changes were employed
In this episode, we discuss the causes of colonization (shortage of land and trade); the Greek emigration westward into Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Corsica, and Sardinia during the 8th, 7th, and 6th centuries BC; the development of the trireme; and their growing tensions with the Etruscans and Phoenicians (Carthaginians) until around 550 BC
In this episode, we discuss the Greek emigration eastward into the Chalcidice Peninsula, Thrace, the  Hellespont, the Bosporus, the Black Sea, and northern Africa during the 7th and 6th centuries BC; their relations with the Lydians and Egyptians until around 550 BC; and the development of coinage
In this episode, we discuss the new political phenomena arising in various parts of the Greek world in the 7th and 6th centuries BC, called tyranny, by focusing on four poleis in the Peloponnese in particular: Pheidon of Argos (the military cause), Cypselus and Periander of Corinth (the economic cause), Cleisthenes of Sicyon (the ethnic cause), and Theogenes of Megara (the unsuccessful attempt)
In this episode, we discuss the innovation taking place during the 7th and 6th centuries BC in the realm of vase painting, statuary, and architecture
In this episode, we discuss the changes in literary creation that took place in the 7th and 6th centuries BC; and part 1 of 2 on the influential people whose writings give us incite into the economic, social, and political happenings that reshaped archaic age Greece
In this episode, we discuss part 2 of 2 on the influential people whose writings give us incite into the economic, social, and political happenings that reshaped archaic age Greece
In this episode, we describe the new schools of thought that began to percolate in the 6th century BC about our existence and role in this universe absent from the gods
In this episode, we discuss the program of the Ancient Olympic games in its entirety and introduce the other Panhellenic festivals
In this episode, we discuss the early history of Sparta and its growing pains that ultimately led to its rise to hegemony over what modern scholars called the Peloponnesian League
In this episode, we discuss the political, economic, and social totalitarian system that made Sparta so unique in the ancient world
In this episode, we discuss the early history of Athens from the mythical kings to the abolishment of the monarchy in the Dark Ages to the rise of the oligarchic constitution and finally to the social and economic crises at the end of the 7th century BC
In this episode, we discuss the life of the great Athenian statesman, Solon, who from his position of sole archonship, enacted various economic, political, and legal reforms that would later form the backbone for Athenian democracy in the Classical Period
In this episode, we discuss the ascension and political happenings of the tyrannies of Peisistratos and his two sons, Hippias and Hipparchus, at Athens; the economic reforms that they undertook; their patronage of the arts and public works in the Agora and Acropolis, as well as at other religious sanctuaries in Attica; and their encouragement of religious festivals, especially the Greater Panathenaia and the Dionysia
In this episode, we discuss Cleisthenes' political victory over Isagoras that allowed him to institute his overhaul of the Athenian constitution; the different democratic changes he instituted; and the consequences (both good and bad) from this new revolutionary government
In this episode, part 1 of 2 on the Greco-Etruscan-Carthaginian relations during the 6th/5th centuries BC, we discuss the rise of Carthage as the dominant Phoenician colony in the western Mediterranean Sea
In this episode, part 2 of 2 on the Greco-Etruscan-Carthaginian relations during the 6th/5th centuries BC, we discuss the tyrannies that took place in Sicily in the first half of the 5th century BC at Rhegium/Zancle (Messana), Himera, Syracuse, Gela, and Akragas; the First Greco-Punic War and its aftermath/legacy; the decline of Etruscan power in Campania; changes in the Carthaginian constitution following the war; and finally, the explorations of Himilco and Hanno the Navigator
In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the “Father of History”, Herodotus; and the political events of the Near East in the 7th and early 6th centuries BC that culminated with Cyrus overthrowing the Medes and elevating the Achaemenid Persians among the other chief powers of their time (the Lydians, Neo-Babylonians, and Egyptians)
In this episode, we discuss the conquests (Lydia, Ionia, Babylon) and administration of Cyrus, whose deeds and qualities were so exceptional that he earned the moniker "the Great"
In this episode, we discuss the political happenings during the reign of the Persian king, Cambyses, with a particular focus on Polykrates of Samos; the Persian conquest of Egypt; the failed campaigns in Africa against the Nubians, Cyreneans, and Carthaginians; and the “madness" of Cambyses
In this episode, we discuss the ascension of Darius to the Persian throne; his consolidation of the empire and eastern campaigns; Zoroastrianism and the role Ahura-Mazda played in his reign; and his reform program, with a special focus on his creation of a new script (Old Persian), his new capital of Persepolis, his bureaucratic satrapies, the Royal Road, his "sort of" Red Sea/Nile River canal, and the creation of and influence of the gold "Daric"
In this episode, we discuss the Persian conquest of Thrace, their failed invasion of Scythia, and the submission of Macedon that brought Persia right up to the foothills of Mt Olympus, at the very borders of mainland Greece; the diplomatic follies of the Athenians; and whether war was or was not inevitable, at least in the last decade of the 500s BC
In this episode, we discuss the events of the Ionian Revolt, beginning with Miletus' rebellion from the Persian Empire and ending with the sack of Miletus; the internal political happenings of Athens during the 490s BC; the Spartan destruction of Argos at Sepeia; and the early life of one of Athens' key political figures for the next four decades, Themistocles

In this episode, we discuss the events leading up to, the battle of Marathon itself, and its aftermath; the folklore that grew up after Marathon; and the internal political happenings of Athens during the 480s BC

In this episode, we discuss the ascension of Xerxes to the Persian throne; Xerxes' preparations for his invasion of Greece; the Hellenic league and their preparations to defend Greece; and the simultaneous land and sea battles of Thermopylae and Artemisium

In this episode, we discuss the events leading up to, the battle of Salamis itself, and its aftermath

In this episode, we discuss the tensions between the Spartan-Athenian alliance during the winter of 480/79 BC, their eventual makeup (sort of), and the Greek counterattack against the Persians in spring 479 BC, culminating in the twin victories at the battles of Plataea and Mycale, effectively ending the first phase of the Greco-Persian wars

In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Persian Wars and how the Athenians and Spartans both come to terms with the new state of affairs; the formation of the Delian League; and the political factions in Athens and Sparta and their struggle to dictate foreign policy in the 470s BC

In this episode, we discuss the battle of the Eurymedon River; Sparta's clashes with the anti-Spartan coalition of Argos, Tegea, Elis, and Mantinea; the assassination of Xerxes and eventual ascension to the Persian throne of his son, Artaxerxes; Themistocles' medism trial and his defection to the court of Artaxerxes; the revolt of Thasos from the Delian League; the debilitating earthquake in the Peloponnese; the ostracism of Cimon and the reforms and assasination of Ephialtes; and the severing of the Athenian-Spartan alliance

042 The Undeclared War
043 Imperial Athens
044 Democracy under Pericles

045 Poetry, Music, and the Symposium
046 The Dionysia, Drama, and the Theater
047 Early Tragedy and Aeschylus
048 Sophocles and Euripides
049 Transitional Art and Architecture
050 High Classical Art and Architecture
051 The Periclean Building Program
052 Education and the Sophists
053 Science and Medicine (Eleatics, Pluralists, Atomists, and Hippocrates)
054 Slavery in the Greek World
055 Women in Classical Athens
056 Daily Life in Classical Athens
057 Ancient Greek Cults (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Hades, and Hestia)
058 Ancient Greek Cults (Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Hephaestus)
059 Ancient Greek Cults (Dionysius, Herakles, and other non-Olympian divinities)

060 Thucydides and the Origins of the Peloponnesian War
061 Archidamian War
062 Sicilian Expedition
063 Decelean War
064 Lysander and the Defeat of Athens
065 Old Comedy and Aristophanes
066 Xenophon and the March of the 10,000
067 Socrates and Plato
068 Attic Orators
069 The Revival of Athens and the 2nd Athenian League
070 The Hegemony of Thebes
071 The Second Greco-Punic War
072 Late Classical Art and Architecture

073 The Rise of Macedon
074 Philip and Demosthenes
075 The Macedonian Conquest of Greece
076 Aristotle
077 Arrian and the Early Life of Alexander
078 The Conquest of Asia Minor and Syria
079 The Conquest of Egypt and Babylon
080 The Conquest of the Persian Heartland and India
081 Return to Babylon and the Death of Alexander

THE FOLLOWING EPISODES TO BE DETERMINED (potential topics to be discussed)

Wars of the Diadochi (322-275 BC)
The Antigonids
The Seleucids
The Ptolemies

Agathocles of Syracuse (317-289 BC)

The Hellenization of the eastern Mediterranean
Hellenistic Religions
Hellenistic Philosophy
Library of Alexandria and works of Hellenistic Scholars
Hellenistic Literature/New Comedy
Hellenistic Math, Science, and Medicine
Hellenistic Art and Architecture
Hellenistic Warfare

Early Rome
Coming of the Latins and the Genesis of Rome
Mythical/Regnal Rome
The Republic
The Struggle of the Orders
Roman Imperialism in Italy
Early Roman Republican Societal Structure and Values

The 3rd/2nd centuries BC
Epirus and the Pyrrhic War
Antigonus II
1st Punic War (in Sicily)
Ptolemy II, Antiochus I and II and the 1st and 2nd Syrian War
Ptolemy III, Seleucus II and III and the 3rd Syrian War
Demetrius II and Antigonus III
Philip V and the Social War
Ptolemy IV, Antiochus III and the 4th Syrian War
1st and 2nd Illyrian Wars
2nd Punic War (Massalia and in Magna Graecia)
1st Macedonian War
Philip V and the Cretan War
Ptolemy V/Antiochus III and the 5th Syrian War
2nd Macedonian and Spartan Wars
Aeolian, Syrian & Galatian Wars
3rd Macedonian & Illyrian Wars
Ptolemy VI, Seleucus IV and Antiochus IV and the 6th Syrian War
The Maccabean Revolt
4th Macedonian and Achaean Wars/Conquest of Greece
Senatorial Oligarchy and Roman Society in the late Republic
The Origins of Latin Literature
Reform Program and Ambitions of the Gracchi

Tour of the major Hellenistic Cities and Kingdoms
Hellenistic Athens
Pergamum and the Attalid Dynasty
Greco-Bactrian kingdom
Bosporus kingdom/Spartocid Dynasty
Bithynia, Galatia, and Pontus
Cappadocia
Armenia
Indo-Greek Kingdom
Nabateans
Parthian Empire
Hellenistic Massalia

The Mediterranean becomes Roman
The Ptolemaic Dynastic Wars
The Seleucid Dynastic Wars
Hasmonean Dynasty in Judea
First and Second Mithradatic Wars
Pompey's Eastern Campaigns/Conquest of Seleucids
Crassus' failed Parthian War
Caesar's Civil War
Octavian vs Antony & Cleopatra/Conquest of Ptolemies
Literature in the late Republic
The Hellenistic impact on Rome

POTENTIAL TOPICS TO BE COVERED IF I CONTINUE ON....MAYBE???
Greece in the Roman Period
Greek Literature in the Roman Period
The Origins of Christianity in the Greek East
Hadrian the Philhellene
The end of Greco-Roman paganism/closing of sanctuaries
Greece in the Byzantine Period
Greece in the Ottoman Period
Greek antiquarianism
Greece's War of Independence
Modern Greece
Walking tours of archaeological sites in Greece/Turkey

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