The Partial Historians Posts

December 28, 2017 /

We dive back into the history of Rome from the founding of the city and end up right in the challenges of 481 BCE. This means that we’re in the hazy early period of the Republic where the conflict between the patricians and plebeians dominates the narratives offered by Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. How consulships are chosen seems to be getting a little more complicated. There are tussles over how elections should proceed. The…

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 /

The Doctors return with a brand new episode! We are tracing the history of Rome from the founding of the city! At this stage of the narrative, the plebeians and the patricians continue to tussle. And trouble in Rome wouldn’t be much without trouble with her neighbours. Tension is also rising between Rome and the Volscii. Laying the scene with the Volscii Quintus Fabius Vibulanus and Servius Cornelius Maluginensis are the consuls of c. 483…

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 24, 2017 /

You always suspected your Arts Degree was valuable, didn’t you? Allow Dr G to put her finger on some of the reasons why  🙂 View story at Medium.com  

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 21, 2017 /

Over the last few months, Dr G has been working with TED-Ed to spread the word about Vestal Virgins. Herein are the fruits of that collaboration! I’m super excited to have been part of this project and bringing the world of ancient Rome to others is a real treat   🙂 This TED-Ed lesson explores one aspect of the Vestals’ lives: the possibility of live burial. You can check out all the details here: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/who-were-the-vestal-virgins-and-what-was-their-job-peta-greenfield…