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