Ancient Rome Refocused

Mar 02 2020 64 mins 7.1k

A podcast on Ancient Rome and its influence on modern culture.














Call-in Show, Season Open kick off
Aug 20 2020 57 mins  
Episode 19 (S4). Past guests and members of the Senate call-in and talk about "whatever is on their minds!" Intro, 0:00 – 3:49 Rob takes the crew of the Ancient Rome Refocused show to Britain, where through social media holds a street party in West London. Famous ancients show up, with rappers and musicians. The London police break it up with tear gas, but Rob dutifully goes back to his apartment in Knightsbridge to start the show. 3:50 – 5:38 Call in – Caller talks about the episode "I'm the Emperor and you're not." 5:39 – 8:54 Rob intros excerpt from "I'm the Emperor and you're not." 5:57 – 8:10 Past episode where Rob rants about the influences on an Emperors psyche. 8:12 – 9:09 Call in - Tom from Arkansas talks about owls and what they mean symbolically. 9:11 – 9: 48 Rob talks about his hobby of taking a digital recorder when he travels. 9:50 – 15:23 Chicago location - Rob is standing in front of the Harold Washington Library. Something is staring down at him from the roof. What is that? Could it be? Owls? Really? What's up with that? 15:24 - 17:15 Rob likes the podcast Twilight Histories. "Who better to take us to worlds of our imagination than an archeologist?" Check out: https://www.twilighthistories.com/ 17:18-18:36 ROME INDUSTRIAL: Narrated by Jordan Harbour, you find yourself trying to understand this is a very different Rome, a far more advanced Rome. 18:37-19:36 Call in – Jordan Harbour, Twilight Histories, creator and host. 19:38 – 21:35 Rob intros the blog Letters to Cicero (and other dead friends). http://letterstocicero.blogspot.com/ 21:37 – 26:00 Call in - Morgan Taubert, host of Letters to Cicero (and other dead friends, calls from southern Australia 26:05 – 27:43 Rob intros the disappearance of the 9th Legion. Five thousand men walked into Caledonia and disappeared. Didn't you hear it on the news? Rob introduces the late Willaim Glover, formerly of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. 27:44 -29:20 Call in - The late William Glover, archeologist, talks on the Ninth Lego. 29:21 – 32:13 Rob discusses Rosemary Sutcliff's book The Eagle of the Ninth and the 1970s TV BBC series. 32:15 – 34:07 Cottia, the Iceni, tells what's it's like to pretend to be Roman. 34:08 – 35:02 Rob suggests additional reading material. 34:08 – 45:55 The following is a discussion of Queen Zenobia. He reflects on the 16th Century Opera on this Palmyra queen. Reviews Zenobia on stage and screen, and the original musical Zenobia presented in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Lorisa Julianus was the playwright and composer with Angela Salvaggione. Who produces a musical about a third century queen, and stars in it? On the show we hear one of the love songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukbAKsPOg4 This Chicago area actor is now starring in a movie titled The Misadventures of Mistress Man-eater a comedy adventure (Check out their Face-book page). . https://www.facebook.com/mistressmaneatermovie/ 45:00 – 47:50 Call in – Lorrisa Julianus 47:55 - 48:50 Rob introduces Vicky Alvear Schecter, author of the book Cleopatra's Moon. https://www.vickyalvearshecter.com/ 48:51 – 56:13 Call in – Vicky Alvear Schecter talks about her book Warrior Queens, and introduces us to the Nubian Queen Amanirenas, ruler of the Kingdom of Kush from c. 40 BC to c. 10 BC. Her full title was Amnirenas qore li kdwe li. Amanirenas is one of the most famous kandakes, because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Roman army. 56:15 – 57:05 CLOSING CREDITS. Rob promotes his next podcast. The title: The Case of the Caesarian Quote. Rob hears a quote that was supposed to be said by Julius Caesar. He then investigates to find the origin. Join him on his journey on Episode 20. He is then told to go to bed. After all, he was at the street party in West London. If anyone saw him there, email the show at: [email protected]






MIce and Frogs Behaving Badly
Sep 21 2020 41 mins  
Episode 22 (S4) With a backdrop of an original musical piece composed by Matthew Leigh Embleton, British composer, we hear the piece begin with a translation of the poem (read by Dr. Christensen of Brandeis University), it jumps to an excerpt of the Battle of the Frogs and the Mice by George Martin (read by Graeme Malcolm with permission of Random House Audio Books) with the conclusion of the poem (the attack of the crabs) told with storytelling brios by Dr. Christensen. Based on his book with Eric Robinson titled: The Homeric Battle of the Frogs and Mice we can hear the story teller across the millennia tell a tale of bravery and foolishness. George Martin and the Christensen / Robinson books are available on line. In a one on one interview with Dr. Joel Christensen he guides us through this odd epic poem where the heroes are frogs and mice acting like Homeric Heroes. Was this a poem written by Homer himself? Did kids or adults listen to it? What does Homeric poetry try to teach us? Did Alexander the Great hear this poem? Dr. Christiansen, is an associate professor of Classical Studies and comparative literature, and is the chair in the Department of classical studies, and teaches courses in Greek Epic and Archaic Poetry, Rhetoric and literary theory, linguistics, and mythology. He has taken the time to talk to us about an odd poem that has be translated repeatedly over the years. Why do people over the generations find this poem so interesting? Join the podcast for a fascinating romp into Mice and Frogs Behaving Badly. Are you a frog or a mouse? Step into the pond and find out.













Wonderful Things
Mar 02 2020 61 mins  
In the future a launch to the Planet Mars takes place, where a robotic explorer finds a mysterious marking on the wall of a lava tube. A vast underground city is found. The Earth is swept up in the excitement of Martian-mania. From there we shift from the Planet Mars to the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in the 1920s. What does the popular TV show Downton Abbey have to do with King Tutankhamun? Howard Carter, Lord Carnarvon, and Highclere Castle are discussed. An actual recording of Howard Carter is included in the podcast. From there the podcast explores the strange phenomenon called Egyptomania. Rob Cain reviews the book The Egyptologist and has on the show the 5-times published novelist Arthur Phillips. Phillips is a graduate of Harvard University and now lives in New York City. Phillips started out as a child actor, and held such jobs as a speech writer, jazz musician, and advertising copywriter. He is also a 5-time champion on the TV game show Jeopardy. Phillips is a TV and movie script writer working for FX, Netflix, HBO, and Sundance. The Egyptologist is structured as journals, letters, telegrams, and drawings, from several different points of view. The main story is set in 1922 and follows a hopeful explorer who, working near Howard Carter (the man who discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun), risks more and more of his life and savings on an apparently Quixotic effort to find the tomb of an apocryphal Egyptian king. If you like to go on a dig, the book is for you. If you're a part time detective, this book will fill that need as well. Phillips takes us on an adventure.








Nothing New Under the Sun. Get Over it.
Feb 21 2012 79 mins  
The episode starts with a modern version of the Aeneid. Please forgive me, Virgil. Annie meets a guy visiting from overseas and conspires to keep him in Chicago so she can work her charms on him. It's a 'chicklit' with the makings of a great 'chick movie.' Do you hear that SONY PICTURES? Mr. Cain then interviews Natalie Haynes who has written the book THE ANCIENT GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE. How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived? Whether political, cultural, or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds. Whether it’s the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of the hit HBO series, The Wire, or that of Oedipus; the popular enthusiasm for the Emperor Titus or President Obama – over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago. It’s time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria. This is a book with a serious point to make but the author isn’t just a classicist but a comedian and broadcaster who has made television and radio documentaries about humour, education and Dorothy Parker. This is a book for us all, not for an elite. The show concludes with a plug for the podcast: TWILIGHT HISTORIES by Jordan Harbour. "Listen to the extraordinary podcast: ROME INDUSTRIAL.



















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