Recommended Podcasts


MYTH/FOLKLORE:

Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules, are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

Roxanne Ferreira tells the mythologies of the world in internal chronological order with a side helping of literature and culture.

MythTake (ongoing)
Alison Innes & Darrin Sunstrum take a fresh look at an ancient myth from Greece or Rome. They discuss what the ancient sources have to say for themselves about some of our favorite myths.

Classical Mythology (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University explores Greek and Roman mythology, with particular reference to some core narratives and themes, such as heroes, monsters, the sexual conduct of gods and mortals, conception and birth, fire, images of the underworld, and life after death. Sources dealt with include epic poetry, drama, painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural remains.

Jeff Wright gives a serialized telling, in contemporary language, of the myriad stories from Greek mythology that together comprise the greatest epic of Western culture: the story of the Trojan War. All the great characters from Homer's Iliad are here - Achilles, Helen of Troy, Odysseys, the Olympian Gods - and all the famous moments from the story - The Trojan Horse, the Judgement of Paris, and Achilles' Heel. Episode after episode, Jeff delivers a conversational, addictive performance.

Ancient Heroes (ongoing)
Patrick Garvey attempts to solve the most baffling mysteries of the ancient heroes, both real and mythical.

Paul Vincent journeys through the myths and history of Ancient Greece and Rome, in a manner that is suitable for the whole family.

Paul Vincent retells the famous legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood of Sherwood, and many others, in a manner that is suitable for the whole family.

LANGUAGE/LITERATURE/LINGUISTICS:

This podcast is a resource for students and anyone interested in Latin poetry. It is based on reading, translating, analyzing, and interpreting Roman poetry.

Latin Poetry Podcast (suspended?)
Christopher Francese of Dickinson College reads aloud, translates, and discusses a series of short Latin passages.

The Endless Knot (ongoing)
Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram converse between themselves, as well as hold interviews with writers, academics, musicians, playwrights, and more about history, etymology, literature, cocktails, and education--and the strange and surprising connections between all of them.
Ray Belli looks at how words change over time. Each episode explores the evolution of a single word, as a way of understanding history, culture, religion, and society.

Doug Metzger gives an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes.

Kevin Stroud tells a chronological history of the English language, as examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

CIVILIZATION/WORLD SURVEY:

Fan of History (ongoing)
Dan and Brennan discuss the events of ancient history all over the world, decade per decade, starting at 1000 BC and moving forwards.

Will Webb sets out to provide a complete liberal arts education in podcast form.

Rob Monaco sets out to tell the history of our world from the Big Bang to the Modern Age!

Western Civ (ongoing)
Adam Welsh traces the development of western civilization.
Drew Vahrenkamp visits the Wonders of the World, from the Pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. He discusses the history of each place and the story of the men and women who  lived there. He also covers travel notes, examine what else to see while you're in the area, and digs into the local cuisine.
Nitin Sil explores events that forever changed the course of world history.
Rob Sims uses character-focused storytelling to convey the ideas of the past that have shaped us today. He dives into wars and politics to see how the values of nations and their populations have reacted to the world around them. This is social evolution and biography wrapped in storytelling. This is History in the Making. 

Queens Podcast (ongoing)
Katy and Nathan discuss female rulers throughout history who handled their business and slayed.

Charlie focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories.

MARITIME/EXPLORATION:

Brandon Huebner takes a chronological look at maritime history and its numerous facets. Beginning with ancient history, the podcast looks at trade, exploration, boat and ship-building, economics, and the relationship between the ocean and the development of society and culture throughout history.

Craig Buddy tells the history of Pirates.

Guillaume Lamothe tells the story of history's great explorers, from the early classical voyages of exploration to modern times.

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST/ASIA/AFRICA:

Discussions from Ancient Warfare Magazine; why did early civilizations fight? Who were their generals? What was life life for the earliest soldiers? 

Scott Chesworth tells the story of the first human civilizations to 500 BC.

Dominic Perry describes the land of Egypt as it was, as they described it, as they knew it. Its a tale of love, war, exploration, and culture, told through the eyes of the ancients themselves.

Eric Wells talks of pharaohs, magic, mummies, and pyramids---sorry, no aliens.

The History of Iran (suspended?)
Khodadad Rezakhani tells the story of Iran from the earliest time (ca. 3000 BC) to the 20th century.

Vivek Vasan gives a chronological history of India and South Asia from the Stone Age to the modern times.

ANCIENT GREECE:

Chris Mackie & Gillian Shepherd of Latrobe University introduce the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. They provide a detailed treatment of the Trojan war, which is narrated in detail in epic poetry, drama, and in art and architecture. They explore how myths are "read" in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars.

Gillian Shepherd of Latrobe University deals with the cultural history of the ancient Greek world through both textual sources and the material evidence of art and archaeology. The period covered runs from the world of Archaic Greece through to the late Classical Period (roughly from the 8th-4th centuries BC). Historical texts are combined with literary sources and archaeology to explore the physical nature of ancient Greek cities and social issues, such as the position of women, ethnicity, sexuality, and slavery in the ancient Greek world.

Donald Kagan of Yale University provides an introductory course in Greek history, tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the Classical Period.
Darby Vickers sets out to create a history of Greece from the Paleolithic to Actium.

Lantern Jack transports you to Ancient Greece and back with some good conversation along the way, as he sails the wine-dark sea of history with some expert guides at the helm. Topics include archaeology, literature, and philosophy.

Jamie Redfern looks at the life of Alexander the Great, from his birth in Macedonia and his conquests to the edge of the world and back.

ANCIENT ROME:

The History of Rome (completed)
Mike Duncan traces the history of Rome, beginning with Aeneas' arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

Roman Lives (suspended?)
David Andrews looks at Rome's rise and fall through the eyes of the men and women that made it. From Romulus to Caesar and Augustus to Constantine, Roman Lives takes you into the world of Rome's most important individuals.

Jamie Redfern follows everybody's favorite Carthaginian general, Hannibal, throughout his campaigns, as well as looking at the Punic Wars at large.

Alan Keith and Lucas Murphy focus on the life and times of one of Rome's greatest generals.

Fiona Radford and Peta Greenfield discuss, spar, and laugh their way through different aspects of the Roman world.

Roman Architecture (completed)
Diana Kleiner of Yale University introduces the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now north Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa.

The Roman World (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University introduces the society, literature, and art of ancient Rome, through a study of its major historical and literary figures, such as Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Virgil, and Ovid. She looks at Rome's place in the ancient Mediterranean world, and its connections with ancient Greece and other cultures, such as Egypt and Gaul, which in turn shaped Roman culture.

Epics of Rome (completed)
Rhiannon Evans of Latrobe University explores Ancient Roman epic poetry, the literary genre which deals with grand mythical narratives involving heroes, gods, war, and love affairs. Texts discussed are Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, as well as others.

Emperors of Rome (ongoing)
Rhiannon Evans & Matt Smith of Latrobe University look at the rulers of the ancient Roman empire.

When in Rome (ongoing)
Matt Smith discusses places and spaces in the ancient Roman Empire.

Rob and Jamie take a lighthearted look into the history of all the Emperors of Rome as they rank them one by one. How well did they fight for the empire? How crazy were they? What did they look like, and most importantly: do they have a certain Je na Caesar?

RELIGION/PHILOSOPHY/SCIENCE:

Christine Hayes of Yale University examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. Special emphasis is placed on the Hebrew Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Garry Stevens showcases the latest research in the archaeology of Israel and Judah, the findings of biblical criticism, and studies in early Israelite religion. In series one, he follows the Israelites to the Exile, discussing the history in each book, and how each book is located in history. In series two, he continues the story, from the return to the emergence of Christianity and the travels of St. Paul.

Kyle Harper of the University of Oklahoma explores the first five centuries of Christian history and in particular the ways that Christian history intersects with the history of the Roman Empire. He relates how the "gospel" would have been heard in the first century world of the empire, how the relations between Romans and Jews influenced Christianity, how Christian theology developed alongside Greco-Roman philosophy, and how a persecuted minority became the state religion of Rome.

Dale Martin of Yale University provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes occupy many of the episodes, he does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, he focuses on the differences within early Christianity.

Philip Harland explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity, including the New Testament.

Terry Young tells the story of Christianity from 30-451 AD, covering the great stories of the Apostles, Bishops, Saints, Monks, and Martyrs from Pentecost to the Council of Chalcedon.

Stephen Guerra details the biographies and interesting facts of the popes of Rome. It starts in the beginning but does not go straight through to the present day, as there are many side tracks and detours along the way.
Amine Tais gives historical surveys and current discussions about culture, religion, and politics in Muslim settings.

Peter Adamson takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". The series looks at the ideas, lives, and historical context of the major philosophers, as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.
Samuel Hume looks at the belief in magic, sorcery, and witchcraft through the last four thousand years of recorded human history.

Travis Dows looks at the history of alchemy and it's influence on science.

Chad Davies examines scientific inquiry through the history and philosophy of the scientific endeavor.

LATE ANTIQUITY:

Paul Freedman of Yale University details the major developments in the political, social, and religious history of western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam, the Arabs, the "Dark Ages", Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

Patrick Wyman talks of barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging, and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history, and Patrick relays this to listeners.

The Rhine (ongoing)
Joe Rigodanzo tells stories from the chaotic frontier between Rome and the "Barbarians" that became Europe's fault line. He charts the rise of the Roman Empire, its fall in the West, and the reverberations that led to centuries of conflict between France and Germany.

Travis Dow tells the history of Germans.

Lars Brownworth takes an engaging look at the history of the Byzantine Empire through the eyes of 12 of its greatest rulers.

Robin Pierson tells the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476-1453 AD.

Andy Bones examines the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius, conqueror of North Africa and Italy, and the last great Roman general.

Elias Belhaddad traces and examines the history of Islam, beginning with the state of the world just before the advent of Islam.

MEDIEVAL/EARLY MODERN EUROPE:

Joseph Hogarty magnificently creates a history of Europe in video from ca. 300-1460.

Carl Rylett examines European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards, he describes to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology, or fortune, but the aim of each main narrative is to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.
Gary transports you back to an age of heroic kings, gallant knights, and pious bishops. He separates fact from fiction to find out how the men and women of the Middle Ages really lived. 
Aron Miller talks about the different historical characters, kings, political regimes, and themes in the European Medieval period.

Lee Accomando covers the history of Scandinavia during the Viking Age, by exploring raiding, trading, and settlement of Scandinavians abroad, as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.

Lars Brownworth takes an engaging look at Norman France, England, and Italy.

Jamie Jeffers gives a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people.

David Crowther retells the chronological history of England from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day.

Sharyn Eastaugh examines the history of the Crusades from 1095 onwards.

Ben Hill examines the greatest land empire ever created.

Lynn Perkins covers the history of the Ottomans, from their humble beginnings in the late 12th century until their fall in the early 20th century.

Denis Byrd examines the art and artists of the Renaissance.

Benjamin Jacobs aims to cover the birth of the European state system. Along the way, he delves into the geography, economy, politics, ideas, and culture of the Early Modern period to give the listener a view into the lives of the people who lived the events.

2 comments:

  1. This is such a useful guide - so many wonderful podcasts to listen to, and so little time!

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    1. I can definitely agree, which was a real I started to make a list so that I wouldn't forget them!

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