Technical Updates 2

So I am in the process of finishing up the first episode. Since I’m having some technical troubles, the site is going to be under maintenance for the next few days. My hope is that the first episode will be up by Monday! So be patient and return then.

In the meantime, Ryan has his first three episodes up on thehistoryofancientgreece.com. Go check them out!

Technical Updates 1

Hi everyone. So I’ve been doing some research and I’ve established a hosting site and an RSS feed for the podcast. I am planning on starting originally by hosting the files on Onedrive and using Zapier to create the RSS feed. I realize that this is a less traditional way to host a podcast. In fact, I know that there are rumors going around that one cannot host a podcast via Onedrive due to terms of use restrictions, but I read them pretty carefully and couldn’t find anything that would indicate this was a problem. I plan eventually, I think, to upgrade to hosting on Amazon S3, but it looks like I need a lot of technical expertise to set up Amazon S3 (and figure out how to link it to an RSS feed) so I’m probably going to try to learn that system after I put up the first few episodes.

Since I am using an unusual method, I’m going to need a lot of feedback once I get the first episode up (which should hopefully be soon!). Please let me know whether the RSS feed works, whether download times are slow, if the streaming works on the website, etc. I’ll try to adjust things and respond to feedback quickly (although this is a learning process for me, especially from the technical side).

So I created my Zapier account today and it seems to work. And I have the script for episode 1 finished. Now, all that is left to do is record, edit, connect the RSS feed to the site, and cross my fingers nothing goes wrong. Wish me luck!

Like Castor and Polydeuces, Two Greek History Podcasts Appear on the Horizon

In Greek mythology, Castor and Polydeuces (a.k.a. Pollux) were the twin sons of Leda, and the brothers of Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon. These two brothers of Greek mythology, often collectively known as the Dioscuri, were great warriors. The Romans, who also worshiped the twins, believed that the Dioscuri aided them in battle and would sometimes appear on the horizon during a battle to turn the tide and usher in a Roman victory.

In a similar vein, as it turns out, two Greek history podcasts are coming up to fill the podcasting void which I mentioned in my first post. While I have been harboring the idea of creating such a podcast for about two years, it turns out my friend,¬†Ryan Stitt, has been sitting on the idea of writing a Greek history podcast for even longer. Amusingly enough, we never discussed the idea with each other, but within three days launched out own websites as the starting point for our podcasts. Ryan’s podcast, entitled The History of Ancient Greece, will start with the mythological past of Greece and move forward chronologically in time.

So now for those of you interested in listening to Hellenic history should be spoiled for options and resources!¬†This is great news for all the grad students in classics and history out there who are studying for their comprehensive exams. Now you’ll have multiple options so that you can squeeze a little studying into those moments of washing dishes, walking to class, or taking a run!