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The Ancient World

From the first human civilizations to 500 BC in (around) a dozen podcasts
resource links on the podcast blog at http://ancientworldpodcast.blogspot.ch/
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The Ancient World

By Kurt Watkins
The cultures, politics, and life in the Ancient World from the Pillars of Hercules to the mouth of the Yangtze River.
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Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean » Podcast

By Philip A. Harland
The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity including the New Testament. Half-hour episodes are released bi-weekly from September to June (with a summer break in July and August). These episodes are not scripted; they are edited versions of improvised lectures from point-form notes.
P odcast blog http://www.philipharland.com/Blog/category/podcasts/
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A History Of: Alexander the Great

By Jamie Redfern
A look at the life of Alexander the Great, from his birth in Macedonia and his conquests to the edge of the world and back.
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The History of Rome

By Mike Duncan
A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Visit us at http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com
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Ancient Voices and the Roman Revolution

By John A Bruzas
The Roman Revolution was a critical time in the history of ancient Rome. This period saw the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire. Its participants are still known today: Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, Cicero and Marc Antony to name a few. Untold books and histories have been written. These podcasts are audio recordings of some of the major writings from and about that time. Included are The Philippics of Cicero, biographies from Plutarch's Lives and The Civil War - Commentaries of Gaius Julius Caesar. Produced by Ancient Voices & Roman Revolution - August 2008 - Read by John A Bruzas.
The Archaeology Channel
The Archaeology Channel

Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

By Archaeological Legacy Institute
Explore the human cultural heritage through streaming media. Travel through time and feed the thrill of discovery. Examine the wonderful diversity of the human experience!
or listen on the podcast page

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HIS 101: Hist Of Western Civ I

by Scott Thomason, from Parkland College
Examination of the origins and development of major social, political, economic, and intellectual institutions of European civilization from the ancient cultures of Mediterranean world through 1715.
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The Ancient Mediterranean World Course - History 4A

by Isabelle Pafford
This course offers an introductory survey of the history of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the rise of city states in Mesopotamia c. 3000 BC to the transformation of the Roman Empire in the 6th century AD. The emphasis will be on the major developments in the political and social history of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, with special attention to those institutions, practices, ideas, and objects that have had an enduring influence on the development of western civilization. We will explore the changing configurations of power in the ancient Mediterranean world, not only political (cities, states, empires), but also socio-economic (personal wealth and status) and ideological (religion and belief systems). Lectures and textbook readings will provide an essential historical narrative as well as interpretations of central problems, while readings in primary sources (epic poetry, historiography, public documents, biography, etc.) will give students an opportunity in discussion sections to grapple with some of the evidence generally used to support such narratives and interpretations.

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History of the World to 1500 CE (W3902)

by Professor Richard Bulliet, COlumbia University
This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.
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Ancient Greek History

"Last fall, Yale University introduced a new round of open courses that included Donald Kagan’s Introduction to Ancient Greek History (YouTube - iTunes Audio - iTunes Video- Download Course). A leading figure in the field, Kagan takes students from the Greek Dark Ages, through the rise of Sparta and Athens, The Peloponnesian War, and beyond. You’ll cover more than a millennium in 24 lectures. As I’ve noted elsewhere, Yale’s courses are high touch. And what’s particularly nice is that the course can be downloaded in one of five formats (text, audio, flash video, low bandwidth quicktime video, and high bandwidth quicktime video). Simply choose the format that works for you, and you’re good to go."
- Open Culture, January 12th, 2009
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The Roman Empire

"When you’ve completed the arc of Greek history, you can move next to the UC Berkeley course, The Roman Empire. The course taught by Isabelle Pafford moves from Julius Caesar to Constantine (roughly 40 BC to 300 AD) in 42 lectures. And the audio comes straight from the classroom, which means that you’ll get solid information but you’ll also have to endure some extraneous talk about homework assignments and exams. (It’s free, so don’t complain.) You can download this course in one of three ways: iTunes "
- Open Culture, January 12th, 2009
History 106B - Spring 2008 - A history of Rome from Augustus to Constantine. The course surveys the struggles between the Roman emperors and the senatorial class, the relationship between civil and military government, the emergence of Christianity, and Roman literature as a reflection of social and intellectual life.


Lastly, I should note that Pafford has taught another related course at Berkeley – The Ancient Mediterranean World (iTunes - Feed - MP3s).
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Culture, identity and power in the Roman empire

by The Open University

This series of tracks concentrates on an ancient city, Thugga, and looks at the influence of the Roman Empire on the city and the existing culture. Material is taken from The Open University Course AA309 Culture, identity and power in the Roman empire.
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Myth at the heart of the Roman Empire

by The Open UniversityHow and why did ancient Romans use myth to validate their power? Emperor Augustus legitimised his rule by entwining his own ancestry with the mythical stories of Rome's foundation, and created a divine aura around Rome as capital of the vast empire. This album visits key emblems associated with Rome's beginnings: the Forum and the Capitoline Hill with its statue of the she-wolf and Romulus and Remus; the Emperor Augustus's palace and ceremonial altar, and the 17th Century D'Arpino frescos of foundation myths commissioned by Pope Innocent X to underpin his authority. By monumentalising and glorifying their real and legendary past, Romans painted their own history and this continues to encapsulate Roman identity today. This material forms part of The Open University course A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds


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Radio 4's Ancient Worlds Collection

Listen to selection of Radio 4 programmes looking at ancient civilizations.