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).
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!