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***If you ever feel sad because there isn't a new THOAG podcast episode currently for you to listen to, well you are in luck, because here is a massive list of all of the various history podcasts that I recommend. By clicking on the title of each podcast it will take you to their website (or iTunes page if they don't have a website that I could find). As a notice of warning, my historical interest (naturally as I'm a classicist) is in the ancient and late antique world. While I am familiar with all of world history (relatively-speaking), at least in terms of being able to teach a general survey course in high school/college, I almost completely lose interest in terms of the nitty gritty details after the early modern period, so there aren't many recommendations here for anything after the 17th century. I also haven't listened to every episode of those listed but I have listened to enough that I feel comfortable recommending them to you all. Do not be angry if I haven't listed your podcast here. It's probably because I haven't listened to it yet or it just slipped my mind. If you want me to listen to your podcast to include it here or have any podcast recommendations for me, feel free to comment below or send me an email/reach me on social media.***



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 Greco-Roman myth by discussing what the ancient sources have to say for themselves.




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Greek and Roman Mythology (free course module)
Peter Struck of the University of Pennsylvania focuses on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. He also pays some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths and investigates a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.





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 suitable for the whole family.

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








LANGUAGE/LITERATURE/LINGUISTICS:


Jessica Hughes hosts a series of Classicists talking about their research into ancient Greek and Roman culture.











Learn Ancient Greek (completed)
Leonard Muellner (Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Brandeis University) and Belisi Gillespi present all the content covered in two semesters of a college-level Introduction to Ancient Greek course.




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 (CHRONOLOGICAL):


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











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












Western Civ (ongoing)
Adam Welsh traces the development of western civilization, starting in the ancient Near East through Greece and Rome, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history.







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. Learn all about the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the mighty Pharaohs and the great kings of the Zhou Dynasty and more.








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 those who lived there. He also covers travel notes, examines what else to see while you're in the area, and digs into the local cuisine.










Anthrochef, History of Food (ongoing)
Holden Wilson explores the history of food.













CIVILIZATION/WORLD SURVEY (NON-CHRONOLOGICAL):


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.








Charlie focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due.







Queens Podcast (ongoing)
Katy and Nathan pair cocktails with amazing women in history. They discuss female rulers throughout history who handled their business and slayed.









The History Chicks (ongoing)
Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider discuss the other half of the population, the extraordinary women from the last several thousand years of history. 










Dan Carlin, journalist and broadcaster, takes his "martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian), but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration, and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.








History on Fire (ongoing)
Daniele Bolelli, author and university professor, discusses where history and epic collide.










Tides of History (ongoing)
Patrick Wyman helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is. Everywhere around are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray, and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak, and how we raise our children.






Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss historical themes, events, and key individuals.

***Andy Keen made a list of Classics-specific episodes on his blog here***







Zack Twamley covers the build up to, break out of, and consequences of various wars throughout history, with a focus on diplomacy and international relations.











Footnoting History (ongoing)
From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite footnoted stories from across history, because the best stories are in the footnotes.










The Feast (ongoing)
Laura Carlson presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. She immerses you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal.

The History Fangirl Podcast
Stephanie Craig interviews guests about historic places for history lovers and travel enthusiasts












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/AFRICA/ASIA:


Discussions from Ancient Warfare Magazine; why did early civilizations fight? Who were their generals? What was life like for the earliest soldiers? Ancient Warfare Magazine sets out to answer these questions and much more.









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












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Join Dr. David Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at Penn, Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, and curator of the Tutankhamun exhibitions on a guided tour of the mysteries and wonders of this ancient land. He has developed this online course and set it in the galleries of the world famous Penn Museum. He uses many original Egyptian artifacts to illustrate his lectures as he guides students as they make their own discovery of this fascinating culture.


Dominic Perry describes the land of Egypt 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 history of India and South Asia from the Stone Age to modern times.









Ancient Art Podcast (ongoing)
Lucas Livingston explores the art and culture of the ancient world. Each episode he chooses a single work from the Art Institute of Chicago as a launchpad for inspiration. He unpacks the stories, history, myths, and culture from antiquity through a modern lens and with tongue firmly planted in cheek.





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 introduction to 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.








The Ancient Greeks (free course module)
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University surveys ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, he considers broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.



Susan Suave Meyer of the University of Pennsylvania traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece (Part 1).








Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors (free course module)
Susan Suave Meyer of the University of Pennsylvania traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece (Part 2).









Darby Vickers sets out to create a history of Greece from the Paleolithic to Diocletian.









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 Macedon to his conquests at the edge of the world.







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 & 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.










A podcast on random musings from the Classical world.











Roman Art and Archaeology (free course module)
David Soren of the University of Arizona provides an overview of the culture of ancient Rome beginning about 1000 BCE and ending with the so-called "Fall of Rome". He looks at some of the key people who played a role in Rome, from the time of the kings through the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. He also focuses on the city of Rome itself, as well as Rome's expansion through Italy, the Mediterranean, and beyond.





Roman Architecture (completed)
Diana Kleiner of Yale University introduces the great buildings and engineering marvels of the Roman 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 most prestigious 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 Roman empire.










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










Rob and Jamie take a lighthearted look into all of the Roman Emperors 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 Jerusalem to the emergence of Christianity and the travels of St. Paul.





Fall and Rise of Jerusalem (free course module)
Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University; the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile were a great catastrophe in the history of the Jewish Nation. What really happened during that dark, fateful age, and how did new opportunities arise from the ashes?







Steven Fine of Yeshiva University explores one of the most significant Roman monuments to survive from antiquity, from the perspectives of Roman, Jewish and later Christian history and art. The Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor Titus in 70 CE, an event of pivotal importance for the history of the Roman Empire, of Judaism, of Christianity and of modern nationalism.




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.










Stephen Bedard looks at the history of Christianity, beginning with John the Baptist down to the present time.
Terry Young tells the story of Christianity from 30-451 AD, covering 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 throughout recorded human history.










Travis Dow looks at the history of alchemy and it's influence on scientific thought.










Dr. Chad Davies examines the history and philosophy of scientific inquiry.










Ritual (ongoing) 
Savannah Marquardt discusses how humans make patterns of meaning in a maddening world. The rituals she will discuss span centuries and civilizations. They will run the gamut from the ornately performative to the relatively mundane. Season One focuses on the quest for immortality and how we cope with our expiration dates.









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 would become 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 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 those 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.






4 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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  2. Other brilliant podcasts series for you to listen to and recommend would be these following Asiatic centric podcasts.

    History of India by Kit Patrick http://sendmejunkeveryday.wixsite.com/historyofindia

    History of Japan by Isaac Meyers (topical, not chronological order) - https://historyofjapan.wordpress.com/

    History of China by Chris Stewarts ( chronological order) https://thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com/

    The China History Podcast by Laszlo Montgomery (among my top 3 favourite podcasts of all time)
    http://teacup.media/the-china-history-podcast/

    Laszlo also created two sister podcasts series, one focusing on 'Chinese Sayings' http://teacup.media/chinese-sayings/

    and lastly 'China Vintage hour' http://teacup.media/china-vintage-hour/

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