Category: Podcast

The Partial Historians are Dr Fiona Radford and Dr Peta Greenfield. They are both Roman historians and this podcast follows all manner of topics to do with the ancient Romans.

November 22, 2017 /

Plebeian Struggles and the Vestal Oppia We continue recording in the library, so advance apologies for potential moments of poor editing! We return to the podcast fray launching into the elections of c. 483 BCE. The conflict between patrician and plebeian sets the tone. And it turns out that our sources don’t agree right from the start! One of the consuls this year is definitely Marcus Fabius Vibulanus and the identity of the other is…

October 24, 2017 /

Trouble in Rome, Trouble with the Volscii The Doctors return with a brand new episode tracing Rome from the founding of the city! We are looking at the trouble in Rome between the plebeians and the patricians. And trouble in Rome wouldn’t be much without trouble with her neighbours. In this period tension is rising between Rome and the Volscii. Quintus Fabius Vibulanus and Servius Cornelius Maluginensis are the consuls of c. 483 BCE and…

September 19, 2017 /

Gla! In this very GLAmorous episode, Drs R and G return with a special treat for you, our listeners. Step away from Rome with us for a brief time as we travel further back than we’ve ever gone before! Gla is a huge Mycenaean fortress in Boeotia, Greece. There’s no mention of the place in Homer’s Iliad and it’s more than ten times larger than Athens during the Bronze Age… So what is Gla exactly…

August 17, 2017 /

We return to the fray to consider the late career of Spurius Cassius! The conflict between the the patricians and plebeians continue and Cassius appears to be running a populist campaign… In this episode we’ll consider how the political machinations between these groups play out under a new year and new consuls. The End of Spurius Cassius

July 14, 2017 /

Our narrative returns to the fray of Spurius Cassius’ political machinations while consul! Can he find a way to distribute Rome’s bounty three ways with the inclusion of the Latins and Hernicians? Find out as Drs R and G compare the narrative sources! Spurius Cassius and c. 486 BCE

June 5, 2017 /

A birth of a republic seems midwived by a lot of local conflict. In this episode, the Doctors return to explore Rome’s continued struggles with her most estimable neighbours, the Volscians, the Hernicans, and the Aequians. The intricacies really start to come to the surface in the consulship of Proculus Verginius and Spurius Cassius. Hear it all here! Proculus Verginius and Spurius Cassius   Artwork Credit: Francesco Salviati c. 1543-5. The Rout of the Volscii…

April 26, 2017 /

The Doctors are back! And celebrating reaching our seventieth episode no less! We dive right back into the narrative of Rome’s history from the founding of the City with an examination of the years just following the death of Coriolanus. Rome, perhaps unsurprisingly, doesn’t really know how to get along with her neighbours… The Volscians, The Aequians, and The Hernicans Artwork: A compilation of Drs R and G hanging about being excellent podcast co-hosts in…