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.

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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