Month: September 2014

September 22, 2014 /

The Doctors return with an examination of historical gladiators in ancient Rome. 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. The gladiators hold a complicated position as both a vehicle for symbolism and social outsiders, both of which we explore in this episode. Let us take your ears…

September 8, 2014 /

In this exciting episode, the Doctors dive into the topic of sex and health! We examine sex both in terms of 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 ancient Greek and Roman medical writers, while the advent of Christianity influences new considerations of what it means to…