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Ancient History Hound

52 EpisodesProduced by Ancient BloggerWebsite

Love ancient history? In my podcast I cover a range of topics from Greece and Rome. Whether you are someone new to the subject or a veteran there's something for you. There's even the odd pun.You can also find me on twitter @HoundAncientr or my website

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Jason of Pherae with guest Dr Michael Furman.

October 8th, 2021


In the 4th century BCE the region of Thessaly underwent a transformation. It went from being fractured to becoming a unified state under the leadership of Jason.

In a short time Jason became a prominent player in …

Thebes. Apex and Despair.

July 13th, 2021


It's the final of my Theban trilogy. In this episode I discuss the highs and lows for Thebes in the 4th century BCE. Along with covering the whirlwind of alliances and reprisals I help answer questions about ridding …

Thebes: Revenge and Rivalry.

May 31st, 2021


In this episode I discuss Thebes in the 5th century BCE. How did it fare after Plataea and what position was it in by the end of the century? Revenge, a sporting controversy and even the big stage feature. Lots to …

The gardens of Pompeii with Jessica Venner.

April 24th, 2021


In this episode I talk with guest expert Jessica Venner all about what the gardens in Pompeii can tell us. We chat about what the gardens looked like, the problems of keeping up with the neighbours, what was grown and …

Thebes. Walls, teeth and Persians.

April 3rd, 2021


As part of a look at Thebes I start with the mythical foundation of the city before moving through to the very real aftermath of the Persian invasion.

Athletic cows, wedding drama and walls. Something for everyone.

I'll …

Leptis Magna and Septimius Severus with Maria Lloyd.

February 23rd, 2021


Leptis Magna became a celebrated Roman city on the African shore and was the birthplace of the Emperor Septimius Severus. In this episode I chat with special guest Maria Lloyd all about how the city developed and grew. …

The origins of Greek Tragedy

January 24th, 2021


Classical Athens is famous for the introduction of theatre and Tragedy. But it didn't just appear out of nowhere.

In this episode I try and piece together how it developed and ended up as a main component of the City …

AD 69 and daily life in ancient Rome. LJ Trafford interview.

November 21st, 2020


In this special episode I chat with LJ Trafford who has written books covering AD 69 and the four emperors. LJ Trafford has a new book out titled …

Night of the Livy Dead 3. Ghosts.

October 24th, 2020


It's Halloween so time for the third NOTLD episode.

In this episode I talk about hauntings and instances of ghosts in Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. From festivals aiming to placate them through to reports of hauntings …

The Ancient Olympics.

September 5th, 2020


In this Olympic length episode I discuss the origin of the games and how both they and the site developed over time. I'll also be picking up the …

Mountains in Myth.

July 27th, 2020


In this episode I discuss four mountains which featured in ancient Greece. How did they feature in the local myths? What happened on them? I cover this as well as the more obscure mountain associations, from bizarre …

Eclipses in Antiquity

June 27th, 2020


It's time to turn my attention to the references made to eclipses in antiquity. They appear in palace records, poems and historical writings and across the Mediterranean (including Mesopotamia).

How where they …

Kings of Rome. Tarquin and his expulsion.

May 31st, 2020


It's time for the final King, Tarquinius Superbus. I chat about his reign, the expulsion and the emergence of the Republic. Tarquin was a King who …

Kings of Rome. Servius Tullius.

April 25th, 2020


Reform, negligent chariot driving and mild pyrotechnics. It's the turn of Servius Tullis, Rome's 6th King to feature. Servius' rise, his fall, …

Kings of Rome. Lucius Tarquinius Priscus.

March 30th, 2020


Rebranding, tyrants, clothes, racing, omens, hydraulic engineering, formal wear and possibly a very long held grudge. The story of Rome's 5th king is …

Kings of Rome. Ancus Marcius.

February 24th, 2020


It's time for Rome's fourth King, Ancus Marcius to come into the spotlight. I discuss what he did and didn't build as well as play detective in a murder mystery. Spoiler alert, he probably did it.

Music by Brakhage (Le …

Kings of Rome. Tullus Hostilius.

January 26th, 2020


Continuing my examination of the Roman kings I talk about Tullus Hostilius, the third Roman king.

Tulls was primarily associated with Rome's military …

The Saturnalia

December 15th, 2019


In this podcast I run the rule over the Roman Saturnalia a festival which started around the 17th December. What did it involve exactly, how did …

Human Sacrifice in Antiquity. Part Two.

November 25th, 2019


In the second episode it's the turn of Greece and Rome to come under the spotlight. To what extent did both cultures engage in this and how did their …

Human Sacrifice in Antiquity. Part One.

October 28th, 2019


In the first of two episodes I chat about the instances of human sacrifice in ancient Mesopotamia and Carthage. Archaeology, forensics and the books …

Pompeii. Before, during and after.

August 20th, 2019


In this podcast I discuss three aspects of Pompeii. I start with how it developed and grew. I then look at the mechanics of the eruption. This includes considering the evidence which supports the major cause of deaths …

Kings of Rome. Numa Pompilius.

August 11th, 2019


In this episode I continue the theme of early Rome by looking at its second King. Numa Pompilius.

I talk about how he came to the throne, what religious initiatives he set in place and how the sources handled their …

Rome's foundation myth.

July 7th, 2019


Please note that this includes references to the Rape of the Sabine Women and sexual references.

In this episode I take a look into Rome's foundation myth and how Livy, Dionysus and Plutarch handled the various elements …

Spartan Women. Part Two.

May 9th, 2019


In the second episode on Spartan Women I look at what an adult woman might have got up to. From quite a curious marriage ceremony through to the …

Spartan Women. Part One

April 6th, 2019


The first of two episodes where I discuss the experiences a Spartan woman had throughout her life.

Part one includes a general overview of Sparta before I recount what it might have been like for a Spartan as she grew …

Costa del Carthage: Hannibal, Carthage and Spain.

February 24th, 2019


In this episode I am looking at how Carthage expanded into the Iberian Peninsula and how this location furnished Hannibal with the means to march on …

Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon. The Linear B-Listers

January 25th, 2019


In this episode I discuss how Thersites, Scamander and Sarpedon shape the way we understand the Iliad, other characters in it and even wider themes.

Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai Instrumental)



The Haloa, it makes Boxing Day seem civilised.

December 21st, 2018


Ok, we always hear about the Saturnalia around the Festive period,  but what about the Haloa? This was an ancient Greek Festival which involved …

How hygienic were the Roman baths?

December 2nd, 2018


Join me and special guest expert Emma as we discuss how hygienic the Roman baths really were. Did they help or hinder disease?

Plenty of gruesome detail, so, leave till after lunch. 


Music by Brakhage (Le Vrai …

Night of the Livy Dead 2

October 24th, 2018


It's that time of year to listen to some spooky tales from antiquity. I discuss how werewolves have changed, early versions of the vampire and dig up …

Bathing in Ancient Greece and Rome

September 30th, 2018


In this podcast I look at the different types of bathing in antiquity, from the Greeks to the Romans. How did the Greeks bathe exactly? What were the Roman baths like? 

In addition I reason what linked Menelaus and …

Ostracism, a very tall woman and tyrants.

August 14th, 2018


In this podcast I look at the oddity that was ostracism in Ancient Athens. Why was it needed? What did it aim to do? There's also a brief chat about tyrants and which includes an instance which Herodotus calls the …

Wish you weren't here: The Sicilian Expedition

June 28th, 2018


To what extent does Thucydides alter and tweak his account of the Athenian disaster? In this episode I look at some of the arguments which suggest Thucydides amended and changed his account to align with his views …

Marius and Me: marching in Roman armour

June 3rd, 2018


On the back of a 5km march in Roman armour for the Rise UK charity (here's my JustGiving) I look at marching in the Roman empire including some fancy stats and how the reforms of Marius affected the legionary in this …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 8. We got there in the end.

April 14th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the final epsiode I go over what happened during the sack of Troy, why the wooden horse makes sense and how not to exit a wooden horse if you ever find …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 7. Mr Ed or just Mr Dead.

April 4th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the seventh epsiode I unwrap the dialogue between Priam and Achilles, what the chariots did and wonder where the talking horse got to.

Feel free to find me …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 6. Taxi for Hector.

March 27th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the sixth epsiode I consider whether we can date Patroclus' death, why Penthesilea …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 5. "Uncle Owen? Aunt Beru??"

March 20th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the fifth epsiode I examine the themes of infanticide, jumping off cliffs with Aphrodite and negotiating with Achilles. For obvious reasons Mean Girls gets a …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 4. Ant Men and Beach Boys

March 13th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the fourth epsiode I consider a couple of interesting details from Homer's depiction of the duel between Paris and Menelaus, how to annoy Myrmidons and that

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 3. That poor dog

March 5th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the third epsiode I talk about Helen's wedding and why you should always wash your …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 2. Perhaps tell the bride..

February 27th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the second epsiode I consider those awkward reality TV wedding show moments, how many Greeks and Trojans really got the point and shower you with puns.

Feel …

Troy Fall of a City, Episode 1: Backsides and backstories

February 18th, 2018


A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the first epsiode I consider the difficulty in transferring oral myth to the screen, …

STIs in Antiquity (Part II)

February 2nd, 2018


Ever wonder what the worst thing to come out of a mythical King's penis might have been? Feel the need to be put off figs forever? Do you own a hairy …

STIs in Antiquity (Part I)

January 25th, 2018


In the first of two podcasts Emma returns and we look at two prime STI candidates from antiquity. Expect a mixture of scientific detail and the occasional tangent. It'll put you off your dinner and possibly more. This …

Night of the Livy Dead (Part Two)

October 22nd, 2017


In the second podcast we continue looking at all things spooky from Ancient Greece and Rome.

Poltergeists, sweating statues, zombies, UFOs and ghosts …

Night of the Livy Dead (Part One)

October 16th, 2017


The first part of my Halloween special, we look at vampires and werewolves in the ancient sources. I say 'we' as I have a guest who certainly keeps …

Odysseus being odd, exile and ruby slippers

October 3rd, 2017


In this podcast I look at what Odysseus got up to when he returned to Ithaca. Suitor deaths aside what was going on with the bad practical jokes, truth bombs and general odd behaviour?

I also talk about the exile and …

Pets in Antiquity

September 17th, 2017


In this podcast I look at some of the animals people kept as pets. Do you know how to catch a monkey with a pair of trousers or which pet needed to be kept from the drinks cabinet?

music by Brakhage (Le Vrai …

Wonder Woman, Amazons and Women Warriors

September 7th, 2017


Desperately trying to jump on the recent filmic bandwagon I delve into the history of Wonder Woman and her connection to Greek myth. In addition there's how the amazon myth came to be and an overview of some of the …

We Need to Talk about Dumbo

September 7th, 2017


Ever wondered why or how war elephants ended up being used in the Mediterannean? Probably not, but in this podcast I trace their origins, how they were used and other elephant facts.


Beards, anaesthetic and prostitutes in antiquity

September 7th, 2017


In this podcast I take three somewhat random topics and, well, you'll find out when you listen. Find out what topic of gossip in an Athenian …

Bees BC

September 7th, 2017


In this episode I look at the origins of beekeeping, from the developed industry of the Egyptians and Hittites through to what the hive meant to the Romans and Greeks.

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