Episode 2 on iTunes

Hi everyone! Episode 2 is now on iTunes! Please, if you get a chance, rate the show on iTunes and/or your preferred method of listening. I would really appreciate it and it would help increase the reach of the podcast.

Also, do you listen to podcasts on something other than SoundCloud, iTunes, Podcast Republic, Stitcher, or Google Play? I’m happy to post elsewhere, I just need to figure out where else to go. Comment or send me an email.

Also, does it bother you that the episodes are showing up in reverse chronological order (the most recent one first)? If it does (let me know), does anyone have a way to fix this?

More Information on Episode 2

Hi everyone. Episode 2 is quite the journey! But it looks like I’m going to get some help from an expert in the field, so I hope the wait will be worth it. I

For those of you who are interested in a preview, I’m going to be using a lot of data from the Plakias Survey Project as well as trying to provide a quick introduction to paleoanthroplogy and how the Greek finds figure into this. It looks like there is enough information for three episodes on the Paleolithic (and hopefully, since I’ve done a lot of the groundwork, the next two episodes will be much faster).



History of Greece is back, after a short hiatus

Hello! I took much more time than I anticipated getting the episode ready. I was in the editing process and then a bunch of things got in my way, between graduate school and my personal life. Now, after a rather long summer, I am ready to get back on track!

I am planning on possibly rerecording the first episode, because editing has been such a nightmare. However, I may release the original recording as a preview and then rerelease a better recording of the episode along with the second episode of the podcast. Stay tuned!

This week, my best friend came into town and she helped encourage me and is, I believe, going to help me with some aspects of the project, which will hopefully help everything go a lot faster and smoother.

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!

First Episode Forthcoming…

I just launched the website for The History of Greece podcast. The actual first podcast is, as the title says, forthcoming. I have the script and the recording equipment, but as it turns out, it takes a lot more than I anticipated to host a podcast and get it up on iTunes. So bear with me while I learn the process. If you’re looking for something to read or listen to in the meantime, check out some of items on the read ahead and supplementary resources pages.

Please note that at this time the website is still under construction (so be patient), but also let me know via comments or emails if links don’t work.

The Project

Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Greece podcast!

I decided to start this project as a method of studying for my Greek History comprehensive exam for my classics degree. I so enjoyed listening to Mike Duncan’s the History of Rome to study for my Roman history comprehensive that I was devastated when I was unable to find a similar project for Greek History.

Don’t get me wrong; there are a lot of great audio/video resources out there for Greek history. To name but a few, Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak from Wellsley’s Coursera class The Greeks (Coursera) as well as Professor Donald Kagan’s Introduction to Ancient Greek History (Yale). There are also classes by Professor Jeremy McInerney by The Teaching Company (The Great Courses). However, none of the classes are as extensive as the material that would be covered by my exam (and McInerney’s research seems somewhat dated). So, I decided to strike out on my own and make my own version.

However, my ambition to create a tool for studying quickly became a much larger and more extensive project (and one that I could not even begin while in the process of studying for big exams). Moreover, Greek history fascinated me; the more I learned the more I wanted to learn. Even when I finished my degree in classics and moved on to work in philosophy, I decided to continue with the project so that I could share the Greek history that fascinated me so much with the world.

I am not an expert in either history or archaeology. My background is in classics (primarily Ancient Greek literature) and philosophy. As such, I will not be able to present Greek history with the same depth and experience that a historian or archaeologist might. I have, however, done research into each of the topics that I present and I will do my best to  present the topic in thorough and engaging manner.

My plan is to post a podcast once a month. I hope that my schedule in graduate school will permit this pace to continue. In between, I will be posting the transcript and bibliography of the podcast as well as a set of supplementary resources.