Episode 69 – The Reception of Coriolanus

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It’s time for a special episode!

After such a tumultuous life, it comes as no surprise that Coriolanus goes on to have a legacy that spreads after his literal death. So Coriolanus dies, but he lives!

In this episode, the Doctors turn their roving eye on how the story of Coriolanus has been transformed by his reappearance into the cultural mind of the West through Shakespeare’s play and the centuries that follow.

Find out all the details below:

The Reception of Coriolanus

Act V Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus by Gavin Hamilton 1803.
Attribution is also given to Adam Cuerden as per wikimedia commons

Episode 68 – Coriolanus, the Final Chapter

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After much ado, many conflicts, we’re finally here! It is the end of Coriolanus. How does his grisly end unfold? Who will be pivotal to the end of his career? In this episode, Drs R and G push through all the barriers to make sure this part of Roman history comes to a close! Check out the link below to tune in:

Coriolanus the Final Chapter

Franz Anton Maulpertsch, c. 1795. Coriolanus at the gates of Rome

Franz Anton Maulpertsch, c. 1795. Coriolanus at the gates of Rome

 

 

Episode 67 – Coriolanus – Exiled!

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It’s a new year and a new breath of fresh on the Partial Historian breeze! Oh wait, what’s that? Could it be … Coriolanus? Indeed it is! The complexities of Coriolanus’ narrative continue to build and things are about to get a little bit hairy for our man of the moment. Join Drs R and G for the ride ahead:

Coriolanus – Exiled!

Wilhelm Wandschneider's 1903 sculpture of Coriolanus in Plau am See (Germany). Photograph courtesy of Ruchhöft-Plau from wikimedia commons

Wilhelm Wandschneider’s 1903 sculpture of Coriolanus in Plau am See (Germany). According to some, Coriolanus was clearly quite a man! Photograph courtesy of Ruchhöft-Plau from wikimedia commons. 

Episode 66 – Dr G does Italy

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The holiday season is nearly upon us, dear Listeners, and what better way to celebrate than to take a little trip. In this short and sweet episode, Dr Radness asks Dr G the big question of the year – how was *that* trip to Italy? Part tavelogue, part history, all Partial Historian 🙂

Dr G does Italy

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Dr G (left) and Dr R (right) getting into the spirit of the season!

Episode 65 – Coriolanus: Trial Imminent!

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Doctors G and R return with a brand new episode from the realms of the ancient past! As the suspense develops in Coriolanus’ career, how are the relationships between the patricians and plebeians working out? With the new force of the tribune of the plebs to reckon with, Coriolanus is not a happy patrician.

Let’s take a look at the different narrative on offer from the primary sources – Livy, Plutarch, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus:

Coriolanus, Trial Imminent

In an attempt to save depictions of Coriolanus and his relations for where they fit in the historical narrative, we offer a snippet from the First Folio of Shakespeare here.

In an attempt to save depictions of Coriolanus and his relations for where they fit in the historical narrative, we offer a snippet from the First Folio of Shakespeare here.

Episode 64 – Coriolanus, Ultimate Patrician

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Dr G has returned from Italy and to Dr R and that means, dear Listeners, that the history of Rome from the founding of the city is back on! When we last conversed, Coriolanus loomed large on the agenda, and here he takes centre stage again (as he very well may for a few more episodes!). Ever wondered what a real patrician’s patrician looked like? Wait no more! Listen below to catch all the scintillating details:

Coriolanus, Ultimate Patrician

A little of Coriolanus as imagined by Shakespeare. Here Coriolanus questions his mother's motives. Image Source: http://quotesgram.com/coriolanus-shakespeare-quotes/

A little of Coriolanus as imagined by Shakespeare. Here Coriolanus questions his mother’s motives.
Image Source: http://quotesgram.com/coriolanus-shakespeare-quotes/

Dr Greenfield is in Roma!

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Dear Listeners,

For the last few weeks, I’ve been traipsing around Italy and getting re-acquainted with all the haunts that are pertinent to my fields of research. So far, the highlights have been:

Seeing the frieze of the Vestal Virgins in Palermo. I was very fortunate to have an Italian guide who was able to liaise with the staff at the Museo Archeologico Antonio Salinas. I was granted special access to the frieze as the museum is currently under renovation and the level where they keep the frieze is not currently open to the public. This frieze depicts the Vestals approaching a sacrifice, the seating figure is thought to be the chief Vestal Virgin.

The Vestal Virgin frieze, Palermo

The Vestal Virgin frieze, Palermo

Revisiting the Ara Pacis in Rome. This structure is a pivotal symbol of Augustus’ political career, the reconstruction of this altar and the work to preserve the structure make this one of my favourite museums. The Ara Pacis contains a small frieze of the Vestals in procession and the museum also houses a fragment depicting the Vestals attending a banquet, which was found near the Via del Corso. Turns out the major shopping district has even more to offer the historian      😉

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Vestal Virgins at banquet, found near the Via del Corso

 

Episode 63 – Aediles, Fetiales, and Coriolanus

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The Doctors pursue the different elements coming to the fore in the 490s BCE by looking at a little more detail at the development of the position of aedile, and the significance of the fetiale priests in matters relating to war, peace, and oaths. And no episode looking at this period would be complete without more on the developing career of Coriolanus!

Hear it all here:

Aediles, Fetiales, and Coriolanus

Thomas Lawrence 1798 'John Philip Kemble as Coriolanus in "Coriolanus" by William Shakespeare

Thomas Lawrence 1798 ‘John Philip Kemble as Coriolanus in “Coriolanus” by William Shakespeare

Episode 62- Roman Struggles, Introducing Coriolanus

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After a brief sojourn into Rome on film, the Doctors return to the narrative of Rome’s history from the founding of the city! In this episode, the Doctors examine the continuing Struggle of the Orders, some of the consequences of the strife between the Plebeians and Patricians, and *drum roll please* … we catch our first glimpse of the man who will become Coriolanus. Join us as we explore the depths of the Early Republic!

Roman Struggles, Introducing Coriolanus

Alma Tadema 1907 'Interior of Caius Martius' House'

Alma Tadema 1907 ‘Interior of Caius Martius’ House’

Tadema was commissioned to design sets for a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ – without giving the man away – this is an imagined view of his patrician residence.

Episode 61 – Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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The intrepid Doctors return with an all new, all fabulous episode! The episode in which Drs R and G explore the Coen Brothers take on the Golden Age of Hollywood. We may have been enticed by the prospect of George Clooney as a Roman general, but we stayed for the tribute to the big studio days of American cinema.

Take a sojourn with your ears and see how the film stacks up according to your resident expert on Rome on film – Dr Radford, with curious questions and comments from Dr Greenfield!

Hail, Caesar

With kind thanks to: Rayukk via wikimedia commons

With kind thanks to: Rayukk via wikimedia commons

Reference List for Episode 60

For anyone who is interested in learning more about Trumbo, or DT for those in the know, here is a list of references for our latest episode.  This is just a selection – there are quite a few books on the production of Spartacus!

Ahl, F., ‘Spartacus, Exodus, and Dalton Trumbo: Managing Ideologies of War’, in Spartacus, ed. M. Winkler (Blackwell Publishing, Malden: 2007), 65-86.

Ceplair, L.; Englund, S., The Inquisition in Hollywood (Anchor Press and Doubleday, New York: 1980).

Cheshire, G. (Nov 6, 2015), ‘Review’ (Last accessed 13th May, 2016) on Roger Ebert.com,  http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/trumbo-2015

Cook, B., Dalton Trumbo (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York: 1977).

Cooper, D., ‘Dalton Trumbo vs Stanley Kubrick: Their Debate Over the Political Meaning of Spartacus’ (1996) (last accessed on 3/1/2012), on D. Cooper, Three Essays from Cineaste Magazine, http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/cooperdex.html

Cooper, D., ‘Who Killed the Legend of Spartacus? Production, Censorship, and Reconstruction of Stanley Kubrick’s Epic Film’, in Spartacus, ed. M. Winkler (Blackwell Publishing, Malden: 2007), 14-55.

Douglas, K., The Ragman’s Son (Simon & Schuster, London: 1988).

Douglas, K. (2012). I am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist. New YorK: Open Road Integrated Media.

Gladchuk, J. J., Hollywood and Anticommunism: HUAC and the Evolution of the Red Menace, 1935-1950 (Routledge, New York: 2007).

Hanson, P., Dalton Trumbo: Hollywood Rebel (McFarland & Company Inc., Jefferson: 2001).

Herzberg, B., The Left Side of the Screen: Communist and Left-Wing Ideology in Hollywood, 1929-2009 (McFarland and Company Inc, Jefferson, North Carolina: 2011).

Kincaid, C. (January 18, 2016) ‘Hollywood’s Despicable Hero: Dalton Trumbo’ last accessed 13th May, 2016) on Accuracy in Media, http://www.aim.org/special-report/hollywoods-despicable-hero-dalton-trumbo/ .

Palmer, T., ‘Side of the Angels: Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood Trade Press, and the Blacklist’, in Cinema Journal: 44.4 (Summer, 2005), 57-74.

Smith, J. P., ‘A Good Business Proposition: Dalton Trumbo, Spartacus, and the End of the Blacklist’, Velvet Light Trap: 23 (1989), 75-100.

Trumbo, D., Additional Dialogue: Letters of Dalton Trumbo, 1942-62, ed. H. Manfull (M. Evan Company Inc, New York: 1970).

Trumbo, D., ‘The Time of the Toad’, in The Time of the Toad: A Study of the Inquisition in America and Two Related Pamphlets (Harper and Row, New York: 1972), 1-66.

Trumbo, D., ‘Honour Bright and All That Jazz’, in The Time of the Toad: A Study of the Inquisition in America and Two Related Pamphlets (Harper and Row, New York: 1972), 137-61.

Trumbo (2007) – Peter Askin, Safehouse Pictures/ Filbert Steps Productions/ Reno Productions

Winkler, M., ‘The Holy Cause of Freedom: American Ideals in Spartacus’, in Spartacus, ed. M. Winkler (Blackwell Publishing, Malden: 2007), 154-88.

You Must Remember This Podcast – http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/ – An excellent podcast on Hollywood in the 20th century.  They have an entire series on the blacklist, so we won’t narrow it down to just one episode!

For podcast addicts like myself, you may also enjoy the episode on the blacklist from How is This Movie? http://www.howisthismovie.net/

 

 

Episode 60 – Trumbo (2015)

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The Partial Historians have hit the big 6-0! And what better way for the Doctors to celebrate with you than with an episode packed with all manner of interesting things. As you know, Dr R specialises in Rome on film. In this episode, let us take on a journey through the film Trumbo (2015), which is a bio-pic of the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo broke the blacklist when he was given screen-credit for Spartacus (1960). An examination of the politics of Hollywood post Second World War, the film, and with liberal sprinklings of Rome.

Trumbo 2015

Dalton and Cleo Trumbo (1947 HUAC hearings)

Dalton and Cleo Trumbo (1947 HUAC hearings)

Episode 59 – Introducing the Tribune of the Plebs

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Doctors R and G continue their exploration of the history of Rome from the founding of the city. From the epic Struggle of the Orders, the Tribune of the Plebs emerges! In this episode, it turns out the First Succession is only the start of Rome’s troubles. The ongoing struggle is manifest in the Tribune of the Plebs.

Hear all the details here:

Introducing the Tribune of the Plebs

The Succession of the Plebs leading to the Formation of the Plebeian Tribunate Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Secessio_plebis.JPG

The Succession of the Plebs leading to the Formation of the Plebeian Tribunate
Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Secessio_plebis.JPG

Episode 58 – The Struggle of the Orders – Part the Second

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Drs R and G return and the Struggle of the Orders continues. In this episode, the struggle heats up in earnest and we follow the growing antagonism between the patricians and the plebeians. Hear it all here!

The Struggle of the Orders – Part the Second

Nineteenth century engraving of the plebeian revolt. Source: http://i.istockimg.com/

Nineteenth century engraving of the plebeian revolt.
Source: http://i.istockimg.com/

Episode 57 – The Struggle of the Orders – Part the First

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The Doctors sweep into the turn of the new fasti with a bold return to their narrative history of Rome from the founding of the city. In this episode, Drs R. and G. consider the events of 494/3 BCE and the contextual factors that culminated in the crisis/class warfare/conflict/struggle between the patricians and the plebeians.

Click on the link below to listen or download!

The Struggle of the Orders – Part the First

Nineteenth century engraving of the plebeian revolt. Source: http://i.istockimg.com/

Nineteenth century engraving of the plebeian revolt.
Source: http://i.istockimg.com/

Episode 56 – Return to Vesuvius!

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This special episode marks a significant moment for the Doctors. Drs R. and G. return to the topic of Vesuvius and the fateful eruption in 79 CE. In light of additional research, we’ll examine details of the volcanic eruption, consider the rhetoric at play in Pliny the Younger’s letter 6.16 to Tacitus, as well as modern findings from recent work at the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Click on the link to listen or download: Return to Vesuvius

Courtesy of wikimedia commons: Crop of the Pompeii area from the Tabula Peutingeriana, 1-4th century CE. Facsimile edition by Conradi Millieri, 1887/1888.

Courtesy of wikimedia commons: Crop of the Pompeii area from the Tabula Peutingeriana, 1-4th century CE. Facsimile edition by Conradi Millieri, 1887/1888.

Curious about the Doctors’ first foray on the topic of Vesuvius? Check out Episode 27

 

Episode 55 – Titus Livy

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Titus Livius, better known to the English-speaking world as Livy, is the figure for consideration in this episode. The Doctors take a brief detour from their exploration of the History of Rome from the Founding of the City to consider one of our chief historical narrative sources for the Regal period and the Early Republic. Livy’s life, his work, and questions of historiographical interest are all up for the discussion.

The Doctors are back, join us, by clicking on the link: Livy

A depiction (perhaps) of Titus Livius courtesy of wikimedia commons

A depiction (perhaps) of Titus Livius courtesy of wikimedia commons

Episode 54 – Dionysius of Halicarnassus

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The Doctors return, dear listeners, with a special episode on the historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus. We’ve been considering the history of Rome from the founding of the city and after some epic conflicts and battles around Rome, it seems time to consider in more detail our sources. Dr Greenfield has been reading the Antiquitates Romanae ‘The Roman History’ of Dionysius of Halicarnassus. In this episode, Doctors G and R consider our source material in a little more detail.

Click below for your listening pleasure!

Dionysius of Halicarnassus

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Incisione raffigurante Dionigi di Alicarnasso ricavata dal Codice Ambrosiano. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org

In this episode Dr G name drops a couple of sources. If you’re interested in following these babies up, these are the details you’ll need:

Fox, M. 1993. ‘History and Rhetoric in Dionysius of Halicarnassus’ Journal of Roman Studies 83: 31-47

Gabba, E. 1991. Dionysius and The History of Archaic Rome. University of California Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles

Schwartz, E. Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft V.1.934

Episode 53 – The Battle of Lake Regillus

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Dear Listeners, in this episode the Doctors wade deeper into the murky waters of the Late Republic. As the narratives of Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus continue to diverge, there is word of a truce between Rome and the Latins, yet another dictator, and the infamous battle at Lake Regillus with some surprising divine sightings.

Join the Doctors for all the thrills, click below to listen or download!

The Battle of Lake Regillus

Statuettes of Castor and Pollux photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Ad Meskens

Statuettes of Castor and Pollux photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Ad Meskens

Episode 52 – The Dictator

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The Early Republic hits its first major snag. As the Rome finds herself friendless after her continual aggression throughout Italy, they begin to consider how they can guide the city with decisiveness and clarity. Enter, stage left, the dictator. Join Doctors R and G as they explore the creation of the dictator and some of the surprising details surrounding the formation of a position that seems to have quite a good deal in common with a rex.

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The Dictator

Rome and Latium, including Fidenae given that the poor city comes up a lot in these early narratives! With thanks to wikimedia.

Rome and Latium, including Fidenae given that the poor city comes up a lot in these early narratives! With thanks to wikimedia.

Episode 51 – Latin Machinations

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Well, dear listeners, Publicola has died and Rome has mourned … but wait, is that the Latins seeking an opportunity to kick Rome while she’s down? Quite, quite possibly. In this episode Doctors R and G explore the increasing tension between Rome and her Latin neighbours.

Hear all the details in our latest episode, click to listen or download!

Latin Machinations

With gracious thanks to: http://etc.usf.edu/

With gracious thanks to: http://etc.usf.edu/

Episode 50 – Publius Valerius Publicola

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Your Fearless Doctors take a moment to celebrate reaching lofty heights – our fiftieth episode! In this special episode, the Doctors embark upon a retrospective of one of the outstanding figures in the establishment of the Roman Republic: Publius Valerius Publicola. He has quite a significant role to play, holding a number of consulships (according to the extant accounts), and he stars in one of Plutarch’s lives. Let the doctors take you through the highs and lows from a biographical perspective.

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Publius Valerius Publicola

Plutarch Loeb - PublicolaAn annotated page from Dr Peta’s copy of Plutarch’s Life of Publicola, with gracious thanks to the Loeb Classical Library.

Nifty at Fifty

As our 50th episode approaches, we thought that any podcasters who are partial to our brand of history might like a bit of insight into the show.  Dr G and Dr Radness started the show oh so many years ago because they felt that there was room out there for a more light-hearted take on Rome that was aimed at people with an interest in history – but not necessarily the desire to wade through academic jargon and footnotes.  We like to marvel at the strange happenings of the past and celebrate the funny or the all-too human side of history as well as analyse it.

The method to our madness? We do use academic sources, as well as our own know-how, to help us prepare for our shows.  Depending on the topic, we may be using only a few. At this point in time, when we are recording shows about early Rome, we do tend to run with the primary source accounts – because a lot of the academia surrounding these tales is speculative anyway! We like to enjoy the originals.  Our preparation does also depend upon how much time that we have available. Both the doctors have full time jobs that are quite time-consuming, but we do what we can! The focus of our show is to introduce people to Roman history and entertain them; to be a sort of middle ground between academic and popular history – not to be the most comprehensive account available.

We always welcome your comments and input, so please don’t be shy! Hope to see you all around the Forum.

Episode 49 – Sabine Conflict in Even More Detail!

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Hello hello, most excellent and patient listeners! The Doctors return with a brand new, particularly fine, episode delving further into the hostilities between Rome and the Sabines in the early period of the Republic. Following the action of c. 504 BCE, this episode covers the consulship of Publius Valerius Publicola (cos IV) and Titus Lucretius (cos II) as they battle for the city of Fidenae, the Sabine attack upon Rome, and the crucial differences between an ovation and a triumph.

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Sabine Conflict in Even More Detail

Charles_Christian_Nahl_1871,_The_Rape_Of_The_Sabines_-_The_InvasionCharles Christian Nahl 1871 The Rape of the Sabines: The Invasion

Not historically aligned with the content of this episode, this painting refers to the violent beginnings of the Rome. The lack of matching artwork is a hint at the duration of Roman-Sabine conflict.

 

Episode 48 – Sabine Conflict!

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The journey through Rome’s early history is potted with conflict, and you’ll no doubt be little surprised to hear, dear listener, that the Romans continue to jostle with the Sabines for control in wider Italy (and even closer to the City). Allow the Doctors to take you a winding scrawl of battles, conflicts, and rising personalities, focusing on the years c. 506-5 BCE. We discuss the challenges with the historical narratives of Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, the possibility that Rome may have been taken by Porsenna, and the lingering spectre of the Tarquinii.

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Sabine Conflict

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Jacques-Louis David 1799. L’intervention des Sabines

Since this painting refers to the first conflict recorded between the Sabines and the Romans, it is not strictly aligned with the chronology of Episode 48, but there are definitely Sabines and Romans at war, which nicely sums up what is happening in this period!

Episode 47 – Porsenna, Scaevola, and Cloelia

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As the times fly by, the Romans continue to contend with Lars Porsenna and the consequences of the Tarquinii on the development of the political character of the City. In this episode, follow the unfurling of narratives from Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus that seem a little too odd to be believed, with dashes of exciting tales of derring-do from the likes of Scaevola and Cloelia. That’s right, dear listeners, Doctors G and Radness are back with a brand new episode!

Follow this link and right click to download Episode 47!

Porsenna, Scaevola, and Cloelia

Clélie_passant_le_Tibre_(Rubens)Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1630-40. Clélie passant le Tibre (Cloelia passing the Tiber)

 

Episode 46 – Rome and Porsenna

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The Doctors head into the dangerous territory of the sixth century BCE. Junius Brutus, a key figure in the expulsion of the King Tarquinius Superbus, has been slain in battle. But the Tarquinii are down, not out. In this episode, witness the rise of Lars Porsenna and the noble deeds of Horatius Cocles!

Click on the link to download or listen: Rome and Porsenna

1280px-Le_Brun,_Charles_-_Horatius_Cocles_defending_the_Bridge_-_Google_Art_ProjectCharles Le Brun 1642/3 Horatius Cocles Defending the Bridge 

 

Episode 45 – The Last Gasp of the Regal Period

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From the founding of the City (that would be Rome) to the downfall of the kings, Doctors R and G have reached a milestone in the history. In this episode, discover how Tarquinius Superbus attempts to hold on to power despite being exiled from Rome, how Brutus meets his end, as well as a heady discussion on topic of ‘well, what have we really learnt anyway so far?’.

Click to listen or download: The Last Gasp of the Regal Period

David, J.-L. 1789 Les Licteurs rapportant a Brutus les corps de ses filsJacques-Louis David 1789 Les Licteurs rapportant à Brutus les corps de ses fils

(The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons)

 

Episode 44 – Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Decline

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Drs R and G return with a consideration of the last king of Rome. As the tide of popularity turns against Superbus, what will he do? And how will the Romans respond? Follow the action here as the decline of Superbus sets in.

Click to listen or download: Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Decline

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Sandro Botticelli 1500-1 The Tragedy of Lucretia

Episode 43 – Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Lucretia Chronicle

The Doctors return with a brand new episode in ‘The History of Rome from the Founding of the City’. Join us for the second part of the life and times of the final king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. Can a king really be brought low by the actions of his relatives? The story of Lucretia offers some clues.

Click to listen or download: Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Lucretia Chronicle

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Peter Paul Rubens Tarquin and Lucretia

Episode 42 – Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Early Years

The reign of Roman kings is nearly over, but what a way to go out! In this episode, the Doctors explore the early years of Superbus’ rule, and you’ll never guess which peoples he decides to wage war against! As is fitting for the last king, we are taking our time to ensure we cover all the particulars since there are plenty of reasons why the Romans decided they were not so interested in kings anymore. Join us on a regal adventure!

Click to listen or download: Lucius Tarquinius Superbus – The Early Years

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Lawrence Alma Tadema 1867 Tarquinius Superbus

A Very Merry Historian Christmas!

Dear Listeners, it’s been an absolute treat to have you with us while we rummage about in the past and explore all manner of Roman history. Wishing you and yours all the very best for the festive season and the upcoming year!

‘What, no gift?’ we hear you ask. Of course we have a present for you! Yes, we’re real and sometimes (when the Fates are good) we can appear on film.

Episode 41 – Servius Tullius

Oh, Servius Tullius. A king whose destiny is foreshadowed! A king who rises from obscurity to greatness! The doctors embark upon an exploration of the sixth Roman king, the drama of his life and rule, and the expansion of Roman organisational systems that are attributed to him in some of our written sources.

Click on the link to listen or download: Servius Tullius

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Episode 40 – Lucius Tarquinius Priscus

In this landmark fortieth episode, the Doctors continue their travels through the history of Rome from the founding of the City. Join those debonair scholars as they explore the rule of Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, a man of such charisma, and favourable signs from the gods, who wooed Rome from the moment he entered the city.

Click on the link to listen or download: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus

Sebastiano Ricci c. 1690 Tarquin the Elder Consulting Attius NaviusSebastiano Ricci c. 1690. Tarquin the Elder Consulting Attius Navius

Episode 39 – Ancus Marcius

The Doctors drop in with a new offering on the early monarchs of Rome! In the wake of violence, and after an appropriate period of an interrex, Ancus Marcius is selected as the king to follow on from Tullus Hostilius.  Listen to the dulcet tones of the Doctors’ voices as they explore the life, reign, and interesting developments sometimes attributed to this ruler.

Click on the link to listen or download: Episode 39 – Ancus Marcius

 

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Coin which depicts Numa Pompilius and Ancus Marcius jugate on the obverse.

Episode 38 – Tullus Hostilius

The Doctors return to the verbal fray with an examination of the reign, times, and doings of Tullus Hostilius. Who? you may very well ask. No where near as famous as his predecessors, but a significant figure if you follow the Roman historiographical tradition. And yes, Tullus was a king of Rome. There is violence, controversy, and a tale of two sets of triplets. Let the Doctors R and G take you on a tour.

Click on the link to listen or download: Tullus Hostilius

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Episode 37 – Numa Pompilius

Numa Pompilius is to laws as Romulus and Remus are to violence. Following in the wake of the violent founding of Rome, a king is chosen for his steady character, disinterest in being a leader, and Sabine heritage. Let the Doctors take you in the rule of Numa Pompilius, the second monarch recognised from the founding of the city, who secured the favour of the divine Egeria.

Click on the link to listen or download: Numa Pompilius

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Ulpiano Checa, La ninfa Egeria dictando a Numa Pompilio las leyes de Roma

 

 

Episode 36 – Romulus and Remus

The Doctors return with a new mission. The history of Rome from the founding of the city. Many illustrious Latin historians have paved the way with this bold genre, so the doctors are following in the footsteps of giants. On the plus side, this means a foray into those enigmatic brothers, Romulus and Remus. It’s a founding mixed with parts teenage rebellion, revenge, and violence; it’s the beginning of Rome.

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Wenceslaus Hollar, Romulus and Remus, after Giulio Romano 

Episode 35 – Gladiators!

The Doctors return with an examination of Gladiators (for real!). In this episode, Drs. R. and G. consider the history of gladiatorial combat, the transformation of gladiator fighting from private to public, as well as the way in which gladiators became connected with the principate. In a complicated position as both a vehicle for symbolism and social outsiders, the gladiators are here explored. Let us take your ears on a journey into the arena!

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Episode 34 – Sex and Health

In this exciting episode, the Doctors dive into the topic of sex (both gender and the activity of physical engagement), ancient ideas relating to health, and consider the issue of purity in certain contexts. A consideration of menstruation is central to understanding how women’s health was conceptualised by the Greek and Roman medical writers, while the advent of Christianity influences new considerations of what it means to be pure. Lean closer and the Doctors will explore these aspects of a vast topic.

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Episode 33 – Antoninus Pius

The Doctors take a turn about the classical past to investigate the life and rule of the reputedly very nice emperor, Antoninus Pius. The character of his imperial rule is like a breath of fresh Italian air in Rome. With only a few sources to guide a reading of this emperor, a little mystery, and perhaps a little warm feeling, is preserved for this elder statesman. Let the Doctors take you on  this journey.

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A Portrait of Antonius Pius (Hermitage). Image attribution to George Shuklin (via wikimedia commons)

A Portrait of Antoninus Pius (Hermitage). Image attribution to George Shuklin (via wikimedia commons)

Episode 32 – Hadrian

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The Doctors’ foray into the adoptive emperors continues with an exploration of Hadrian. Following in the shadow of Trajan, Hadrian is a complex and interesting figure who divides the opinion of the senate, and is both praised and critiqued by the historical record. Let the Partial Historians guide you through some of the interesting details of his rule.

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Bust of Hadrian from the Musei Capitolini

Bust of Hadrian from the Musei Capitolini

 

Episode 31 – Trajan

In this episode, the principate of Trajan is presented in swathes of very Pliny-coloured praise. The rule of Trajan is significant for the definitive transformation of the Roman principate from a dynastic system to what eventually will be referred to as ‘the adoptive emperor’ period. So who is this Trajan character and why does he appear to be so popular? The Doctors are here with their take on the rule of the man with the most impressive bust:

Episode 29 – Domitian

It’s time for Domitian to take the stage and show the Roman world just what he’s made of. Let the doctors take you through the reign and tumultuous drama of the final Flavian emperor. Was he really as bad as the sources would have us believe? And why is there such a negative tradition against Domitian in any case? Find out with the Partial Historians:

Episode 28 – Titus

The Flavian dynasty is getting into the swing of things with a new, charismatic emperor. Welcome to the reign of Titus, a man of many talents and a knack for having a rule riddled with natural disasters. Join the doctors as they explore the details of Titus’ style of rule and the sad, quick end of this most stellar example of imperial majesty.

Episode 27 – Vesuvius

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As the Partial Historians delve into the world of the Flavian dynasty, it would be a travesty to skip over the natural disaster that has captured the imagination since it occurred in A.D. 79. In this special event episode, the doctors examine the eruption of Vesuvius. The volcano erupted during the reign of the emperor Titus and our understanding of it comes from both archaeological and literary evidence. Join us on this foray into ancient natural disaster …

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Episode 26 – Vespasian

Following on from the disastrous year for Roman Imperialism that was 69 CE, the Partial Historians reach the last of the four emperors, and the one who takes home the prize of ruling for longer than a few months: Vespasian. In this episode, the doctors consider Vespasian’s background and the character of his rule. A new dynasty has begun! Welcome to the Flavian period!