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Literature and History

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Literature and History
Literature and History

Literature and History

Doug Metzger

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This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.

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Each new episode of Literature and History + comes with bonus content for members. This content includes bonus readings of poems and prose related to the show, vocal comedy music, and instrumental themes featured in new episodes.

Latest Episodes

Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

EAd-free AvailableStatius’ Thebaid, Books 1-6. This epic is hardly ever read or taught these days, but in 100 CE, it was as famous as anything in the Roman world.

115 MINSEP 9
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Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

EAd-free AvailablePetronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life.

120 MINAUG 26
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Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study.

94 MINAUG 5
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Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written.

72 MINJUL 18
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Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

EAd-free AvailableStoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament.

94 MINJUN 27
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Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns.

126 MINMAR 31
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Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

Episode 64: Ovid's Exile (The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto)

EAd-free AvailableFor mysterious reasons, in 8 CE, Ovid was exiled from Rome. Ovid’s last works were composed an ocean away from Italy, on the western shore of the Black Sea.

126 MINFEB 23
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Episode 64: Ovid's Exile (The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto)

Episode 63: All Is in Flux (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 11-15)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 11-15. The vast Metamorphoses draws to a resonant conclusion as Ovid brings his great poem to Rome itself.

131 MINFEB 8
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Episode 63: All Is in Flux (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 11-15)

Episode 62: A Curious Passion (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 6-10. In the middle portion of Ovid’s great poem, psychological transformations become as gripping as physical ones.

126 MINJAN 28
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Episode 62: A Curious Passion (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10)

Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 1-5. This book influenced thousands of years of later literature, and remains one of our best source texts on classical mythology.

134 MINJAN 14
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Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)

Latest Episodes

Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

EAd-free AvailableStatius’ Thebaid, Books 1-6. This epic is hardly ever read or taught these days, but in 100 CE, it was as famous as anything in the Roman world.

115 MINSEP 9
Comments
Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

EAd-free AvailablePetronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life.

120 MINAUG 26
Comments
Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study.

94 MINAUG 5
Comments
Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written.

72 MINJUL 18
Comments
Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

EAd-free AvailableStoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament.

94 MINJUN 27
Comments
Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

EAd-free AvailableSeneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns.

126 MINMAR 31
Comments
Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

Episode 64: Ovid's Exile (The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto)

EAd-free AvailableFor mysterious reasons, in 8 CE, Ovid was exiled from Rome. Ovid’s last works were composed an ocean away from Italy, on the western shore of the Black Sea.

126 MINFEB 23
Comments
Episode 64: Ovid's Exile (The Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto)

Episode 63: All Is in Flux (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 11-15)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 11-15. The vast Metamorphoses draws to a resonant conclusion as Ovid brings his great poem to Rome itself.

131 MINFEB 8
Comments
Episode 63: All Is in Flux (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 11-15)

Episode 62: A Curious Passion (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 6-10. In the middle portion of Ovid’s great poem, psychological transformations become as gripping as physical ones.

126 MINJAN 28
Comments
Episode 62: A Curious Passion (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 6-10)

Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)

EAd-free AvailableOvid’s Metamorphoses, Books 1-5. This book influenced thousands of years of later literature, and remains one of our best source texts on classical mythology.

134 MINJAN 14
Comments
Episode 61: Changes of Shape (Ovid's Metamorphoses, Books 1-5)
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