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AD 69 and daily life in ancient Rome. LJ Trafford interview.

Ancient History Hound

Release Date: 11/21/2020

Rise of the Gladiator show art Rise of the Gladiator

Ancient History Hound

How did gladiators take hold in Rome? Where did they come from and how was their use moulded by the big political events of the 1st century BC? In this episode I get into this and other aspects such as a few myths and their fighting stats.  Thanks to Gladiator Doodles for the fab artwork!  Full episode notes including a transcript, sources and images on ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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Night of the Livy Dead: The Greek Underworld. show art Night of the Livy Dead: The Greek Underworld.

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Another #NightofTheLivyDead episode and this time it's a look at the Greek Underworld. What was the journey there like? What happened in it and what's with singing amphibians? From Odysseus to Orpheus and a question to consider on hangovers. There's lots covered so get listening (and leave a review if you can). Check out for episode notes. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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Night of the Livy Dead Minisode: Werewolves in Greece and Rome. show art Night of the Livy Dead Minisode: Werewolves in Greece and Rome.

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There are two main stories concerning werewolves in Greece and Rome and in this minisode I briefly cover them. What went on on Mount Lykaion exactly and how did the werewolf differ from our modern interpretation. Thanks for taking the time to liste, if you can review please do or just pop over to ancientblogger.com for a piece which links in with this minisode. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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'Mad Honey'. show art 'Mad Honey'.

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In this minisode I talk about two disasters which befell a Greek and Roman army due to something you can put on your toast. How did it happen and why? I also cover a nasty way to speed up a siege and a why there's no such thing as a free camp. Find me at www.ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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In this episode I'm joined by a guest expert Dr Carla Ionescu to discuss the goddess Artemis. There's so much about Artemis which is often left in the background so here we look into the aspects and associations of her you may not have heard of. From bloody rituals to a cake based rescue she's a fascinating deity.  Episode notes at Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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In this minisode I unwrap the sequence of events which befell Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Modern studies and archaeology has enabled a narrative to be built of how the eruption played out. I also briefly cover a couple of controversies and myths of Pompeii. Given the situation there is reference to death and suffering. Find my other Pompeii content on a Pompeii page on my website www.ancientblogger.com Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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Piracy in Ancient Greece. show art Piracy in Ancient Greece.

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How did piracy feature in ancient Greece? What was it and how did the Greeks respond? In this episode I give an overview from Homer through to the Hellenistic. Why not give it a listen and a review? Don't forget to head on over to for the episode notes! Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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In this mini episode I pick out some themes from Sappho's famous poem. But that's not all - I also include a performance of it in ancient Greek courtesy of . For more info, a reading list, more about Seikilo and transcription of the episode head over to   - as you'll hear it's had a bit of an overhaul. If you can review or send feedback my way I'd be grateful. More importantly, keep safe and thanks for listening. Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).

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The Oracle of Dodona. show art The Oracle of Dodona.

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Over the course of 400 years people travelled to the Oracle of Dodona and asked questions. Some of these have survived and give an fascinating insight into what the people of ancient Greece were thinking. In this episode I take you through the history and background of the oracle before getting stuck into those questions. Perhaps less pig theft but certainly job and relationship advice. I reckon there's a few which are relevant today. Full episode notes and a transcription is available at www.ancientblogger.com I've also swapped promos with the podcast, whose promo features - so go check them...

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The Second Punic War. Cannae. show art The Second Punic War. Cannae.

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Time for the big one. Cannae is one of the most famous battles of antiquity. Not only did Rome suffer a crushing defeat but the tactics behind the victory have been studied by generals and military tacticians ever since.  In this episode I discuss what happened in the lead up to it, trust me there's a drama at every turn. From dictators to deceptive cattle. Then there's the battle itself which I try to unpack to see how each side approached it and what tactics were used. Aside from the brutality and bloodshed there's a lot to get into. Full transcription and episode notes (with maps,...

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In this special episode I chat with LJ Trafford who has written books covering AD 69 and the four emperors. LJ Trafford has a new book out titled 'How to Survive in Ancient Rome' and we talk about what Rome would have been like for the average person as well as how the turmoil of AD 69 came about and what happened.

Join us as we discuss this as well as whose eels had makeovers, a truly goth banquet and why alcohol and sieges don't mix.

LJ Trafford's 'How to Survive in Ancient Rome' is out now!

Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental).