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Literature and History

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Jul 25, 2021

In Carthage, in 203 CE, a Roman noblewoman and her retinue were butchered in an amphitheater. Learn her story, and the earliest history of Christian martyrs.

Episode 91 Quiz:
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https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-091-the-passion-of-perpetua

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Jul 4, 2021

Learn the documentary history behind how the Catholic Church was founded and set up as an organization, together with some of the works of the earliest church fathers.

Episode 90 Quiz:
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Episode 90 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-090-ante-nicene-catholicism

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Jun 19, 2021

Heliodorus of Emesa (3rd/4th century CE) wrote the longest novel to have survived from antiquity, an adventurous romance that reemerged into Europe in the 1500s.

Episode 89 Quiz:
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Episode 89 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-089-the-aethiopica-of-heliodorus

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Great Anthology of Ancient Greek Fiction:
B.P. Reardon's Collected Ancient Greek Novels

May 21, 2021

In roughly the 160s CE, the Greek satirist Lucian of Samosata wrote A True History, one of history’s earliest surviving novels, with strong tinges of what we’d call science fiction.

Episode 88 Quiz:
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https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-088-ancient-greek-sci-fi

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May 7, 2021

The satirist Lucian (c. 125-180) was popular in his own time and during the Renaissance, among other things probably being the first author of science fiction.

Episode 87 Quiz:
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https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-087-lucian-of-samosata

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Apr 25, 2021

Once pervasively described as a period of fall and decline, today Late Antiquity is often understood as a period of cultural flowering and economic revolution.

Episode 86 Quiz:
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Episode 86 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-086-an-introduction-to-late-antiquity

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Apr 4, 2021

A primer on Biblical canon formation, retrospective on what we’ve covered so far, and introduction to the upcoming season.

Episode 85 Transcription:
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Mar 14, 2021

After 300 CE, Manichaeism spread quickly from its origins in modern day Iraq and Iran. Recent archaeological discoveries have finally allowed us to learn about it firsthand.

Episode 84 Quiz: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-84-quiz

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Feb 28, 2021

The Nag Hammadi Library, Codex Tchacos, and Berlin Codex, as they came to light in the twentieth century, radically changed our understanding of early Christianity.

HarperOne Nag Hammadi Scriptures https://harperone.com/9780061626005/the-nag-hammadi-scriptures/
Episode 83 Quiz https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-83-quiz
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https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-083-gnosticism
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Jan 31, 2021

Learn the basic tenets and early history of Zoroastrianism, one of the most important and widespread religions in the ancient world, and possibly earth’s oldest living monotheism.

Episode 82 Quiz:
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Jan 10, 2021

One of the most spectacular pieces of writing in the world’s religious texts, Revelation influenced generations of writers and theologians.

Episode 81 Quiz:
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Oct 14, 2020

The later epistles of the New Testament show early Christian theology expanding and evolving in the Ancient Mediterranean.

Episode 80 Quiz:
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Episode 80 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-080-the-general-epistles

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Sep 25, 2020

Possibly the most influential theologian in history, Paul codified and clarified Christianity as it emerged into the diverse world of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Episode 79 Quiz:
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Episode 79 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-079-the-pauline-epistles

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Sep 11, 2020

The story of Christianity’s first missionaries is a sweeping , intercontinental narrative, filled with danger, strange encounters, and the hope for a better future.

Episode 78 Quiz:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-78-quiz

Episode 78 Transcription:
https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-078-the-book-of-acts

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Jun 30, 2020

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the heart of the New Testament. And today, historians and Biblical scholars know more about them than ever before.

Episode 77 Quiz:
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http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-077-the-gospels

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Jun 7, 2020

The Roman client king Herod (c. 73-4 BCE) ruled Judea for thirty years. Learn about his rule, and the political and religious climate of Judea just before the birth of Christ.

Episode 76 Quiz:
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Episode 76 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-076-judea-under-herod

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Apr 25, 2020

A retrospective on the material we’ve covered thus far as we head into Early Christianity and Late Antiquity, plus some announcements.

Episode 75 Transcription: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-075-dusk-and-starlight

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Mar 14, 2020

Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations show an intelligent emperor coping with the realities of an empire buckling under its own weight.

Episode 74 Quiz:
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Feb 29, 2020

Apuleius’ The Golden Ass is Ancient Rome’s only novel to survive in full – a strange, often disturbing fairytale that had a huge influence on posterity.

Episode 73 Quiz:
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http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-073-the-golden-ass

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Feb 14, 2020

Juvenal’s Satires, produced some time in the decades around 100 CE, mercilessly mock some of the more colorful aspects of Roman life.

Episode 72 Quiz:
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Episode 72 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-072-bread-and-circuses

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Jan 29, 2020

Statius’ Thebaid, Books 7-12. Six hundred years after Aeschylus, Statius once again brought the Theban epic to a thunderous conclusion.

Sep 9, 2019

Statius’ 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.

Episode 70 Quiz:
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Aug 26, 2019

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

Episode 69 Quiz:
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Aug 5, 2019

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

Episode 68 Quiz:
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http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-068-love-means-sin

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Jul 17, 2019

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

Episode 67 Quiz:
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Episode 67 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-067-jaws-dripping-blood

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