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October 23, 2020


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Episode 41: We Bulled This City--The Mysteries of Mithras

Locations of All the Mithraea Throughout the Roman Empire

The Tauroctony (Mithras Slaying the Bull)

Inside a Mithraeum (Ostia Antica)

Seven Grades of Initiation? (Mithraeum of Felicissimus, Ostia Antica)

Mithras Emerging from the "Cosmic Egg"

Mithras "Born from the Rock"

MIthras and Aion


Episode 40: How to Tell a Joke--a conversation with Dr. Michael Fontaine

Michael's Page at Cornell

Books by Dr. Fontaine


Episode 39: U Can't Dutch This--Daniel Hensius and the Dutch Renaissance

Portraits of Daniel Hensius


Episode 33: Reunited and It Feels So Good--Homer's Odyssey, part 9 (Books 15-17)

Marc Chagall's "Theoclymenus"


Episode 32: Swined and Dined--Homer's Odyssey, part 8 (Books 12-14)

"Eumaeus and Odysseus: Covert Recognition and Self-Revelation?" (journal article)


Episode 31: Mortal Republic-a conversation with Dr. Ed Watts

Dr. Watts Faculty Page

Another Q&A with Dr. Watts


Episode 30: More Pain in the Nekuia--Odysseus in the Underworld, part II (Book 11)

Prisoners of Tartarus


Episode 29: A Pain in the Nekuia: Odysseus in the Underworld, part I (Book 11)

"Odysseus Waits for Tiresias" (ancient vase painting)

A (theoretical) Map of the Underworld


Episode 28: The Well-Trained Mind: A Conversation with Susan Wise Bauer

The Well-trained Mind, Susan's bestselling guide to education

A brief bio on our guest

Ancient physician Hippocrates


Episode 27: HOLY MOLY! — Homer’s Odyssey, part 5 (Book 10)
The Moly Plant

Madeline Miller's "Circe"

Broad Mythological Overview of Circe


Episode 26: It's all Fun and Games Till Someone Pokes an Eye Out! — Homer's Odyssey, part 4 (Book 9)

Cyclops Scene from the 1997 Television Miniseries

"Odysseus and Polyphemus", painting by Arnold Bocklin (1896)

"Polyphemus: Two Faces of a Cyclops"


Episode 25: Schmidt-en with the Classics

Overview of all of Gary Schmidt's Books

Another Interview with Dr. Schmidt


Episode 24: A Toast to the Host Who Boasts the Most Roast!-Homer's Odyssey, part 3

The Phaeacians "UNMASKED"

The Concept of "Xenia"

"Odysseus at the Court of Alcinous" (Francesco Hayez, 1815)


Episode 23:  Down on the Pharmaka—Homer’s Odyssey, Part 2

"Helen, Counter-Ambush Expert" (fascinating look at the many sides of Helen over various sources)

Witches in Greek and Welsh Myth

What Did "Pharmakon" Mean to the Greeks?

"Helen Recognizes Telemachus" (Jean-Jacques Lagrenee, 1795)


Episode 22: When will Dad be Home? - Homer’s Odyssey, Part 1

Stanley Lombardo's Odyssey

Italian epicist Torquato Tasso

The Idea of Epic by J. B. Hainsworth (1991)


Episode 21: Cowboy up, Verg! Vergil's First Eclogue

LatinPerDiem series on Vergil's First Eclogue

A.S. Kline's translation of Eclogue 1

Bucolics bibliography (it's a biggie!)


Opening lines of Eclogue 1 as they appear in the 5th century Vergilius Romanus.


Episode 20: "A Lion at the Gates"-Battle of Thermopylae, part 2

ὦ ξεῖν᾿, ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
     κείμεθα τοῖς κείνων πειθόμενοι νομίμοις.
(Simonides, as quoted by Herodotus 7.228)

Dic, hospes, Spartae, nos te hic vidisse iacentes
    dum sanctis patriae legibus obsequimur. 
(Cicero, Tusc. Disputations)

Say, stranger, at Sparta, that here you saw us lie,
Revr’encing our country’s laws as mother’s lullaby. (tr. Noe)

View of the pass from the "Hill of the Last Stand"

View of the pass today from the top of the "Hill of the Last Stand" (facing the Persian camp)

View with wall and sea

Same view with the (rough) location of where the wall and sea would have been in 480 BC.


Persian arrow and spear heads recovered from the battle site (National Archaeological Museum of Athens)


Episode 19: "A Lion at the Gates"-Battle of Thermopylae, part I

The Routes of Darius and Xerxes

Animated GIF of the Battle of Marathon

The Greco-Persian Wars, by Peter Green (University of California Press, 1998)


Episode 18: Cranks for the Memories – William Perkins, Alexander Dicson, and the Ars Memoriae

Collected Works of William Perkins Volume 6, containing the two memory treatises

Perkins' Libellus De Memoria (Latin)

Perkins' Antidicsonus (Latin)


Episode 17: “Honey, I’m Home!”—Alcestis, Part 2

Arnson Svarlien Hackett edition of Alcestis.


Episode 16: “Euripides? Eubuyides!”—Alcestis, Part 1

Arnson Svarlien Hackett edition of Alcestis.

Jeff's translation of Alcestis.


Episode 15: "I Can't Spare a Square!: Horror Vacui and the Dipylon Vase

The Dipylon Vase

Dipylon Vase detail: the funerary scene

Edward Hopper painting side-by-side with the Psycho house

"I Can't Spare a Square!" (Seinfeld clip)


Episode 14: Cicero Falls at Formiae - A Date which will Live in Infamy

Some photos Dr. Noe took of the tomb: 1234

Cicero's Villa at Formiae?

"The Death of Cicero" by F. Perrier (c. 1635)

Map of Formiae


Episode 13: Buried in Books - Cicero and Cato in a Tusculan Villa

Definition of "helluor"

Various depictions of the suicide of Cato the Younger

The Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis


Episode 12: Theogony and the Ecstasy - The Archaic Greek Poet Hesiod, Part 2

"Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1484-1486)

"Saturn (Kronos) Devouring His Son" by Francisco de Goya (1819)

"Fall of the Titans" by Cornelis van Haarlem (1588-1590)


Episode 11: Workin’ for a Livin’ - The Archaic Greek Poet Hesiod, Part 1

The Hackett Edition by Stanley Lombardo

The Hackett Edition by by Richard Caldwell and Stephanie Nelson

Prometheus Brings Fire by Heinrich Friedrich Füger

"Pandora" by John William Waterhouse (1896)



Episode 10: Necropolis Now! The Martyrdom and Tomb of St. Peter

Map of the Necropolis (Peter's grave is field "P")

Reconstruction of the Area around Peter's Grave

The Graffiti Wall

"The Bones of Saint Peter" by John E. Walsh (full text)

Schedule a Visit to the Necropolis


Episode 9: A Fisherman, a Farmer, and a Shepherd Walk into a Painting…: Ovid and Brueghel’s Fall of Icarus

Key Images:

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (including Daedalus)

Two Lean Men Eating a Fat Man

Tower of Babel

Big Fish Eat Little Fish


Episode 8: Avid for Ovid, or What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Amores 1.1 (Latin text)

Amores 1.1 (English translation-A.S. Kline)

Amores 1.1 with commentary

Noe's Translation of portions of Amores I.1


Episode 7: Troy (2004), the MOVIE - More Bods than Gods

Roger Ebert review (2 stars!)

Alex Von Tunzelmann review (pssst: He hated it)

A.O. Scott review (much more charitable than we thought he'd be!)


Episode 6: SCHLIEMANN!

"Is the Mask a Hoax?" (William Calder)

"Insistent Questions" (David Traill)

"The Case for Authenticity" (Kate Demakopoulou)


Episode 5: History and the Trojan War

The Archaeology of "Homeric" Troy (Dartmouth)

Denys Page, History and the Homeric Iliad

Joachim Latacz, Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery


Episode 4: Homer’s Iliad, Part 3

Ian Johnston's translation of the Iliad

Superman Turns Back Time!


Episode 3: Homer’s Iliad, Part 2

Ian Johnston's translation of the Iliad

"Achilles in his Tent with Patroclus, Playing a Lyre, Surprised by Ulysses and Nestor" (painting by Giuseppe Cades, Louvre)


Episode 2: Homer’s Iliad, Part 1

Ian Johnston's translation of the Iliad

William Cullen Bryant's translation of the Iliad


Episode 1: Classics as a Way of Life

"In Defence of the Humanities" (Elena Shalneva)

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