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Literature and History

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Dec 10, 2018

Ovid’s Art of Love is ancient Rome’s manual of seduction – a record of the steamier side of the Augustan Age.

Episode 60 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-60-quiz

Episode 60 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-060-how-to-make-love-to-a-roman

Episode 60 Song: "Bad Advice from Ovid"
https://youtu.be/kfx-sjGorVM

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Nov 13, 2018

The love poetry of Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) was standard Latin curriculum for hundreds of years, but it was also the product of a very specific historical moment.

Episode 59 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-59-quiz

Episode 59 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-059-early-ovid

Episode 59 Song: "Ovid in Elegiacs"
Video https://youtu.be/vE1jkidRthY

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Oct 10, 2018

Propertius (c. 50-1 BCE) took the Latin elegiac form to new heights of complexity and passion, even weaving subtle satire throughout his work.

Episode 58 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-58-quiz

Episode 58 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-058-she-caught-me-with-her-eyes

Episode 58 Song: "Arrogant Love Song"
https://youtu.be/BHEYVxqdztE

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Sep 1, 2018

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 10-12. The end of Rome’s great epic is about something Romans of Virgil’s generation knew very well indeed. War.

Episode 57 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-57-quiz

Episode 57 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-057-the-world-grows-dim-and-black

Episode 57 Song: "Dear Pallas"
https://youtu.be/WRZbUYwdTR0

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Aug 13, 2018

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 7-9. Aeneas’ arrival in Italy begins auspiciously enough, but soon things take a turn for the worse.

Episode 56 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-56-quiz

Episode 56 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-056-i-shall-release-hell

Episode 56 Song: "Another Siege"
https://youtu.be/bjqsZbGL8oM

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Jul 6, 2018

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 4-6. The story of Dido and Aeneas, and his subsequent journey to the underworld, is the heart of Rome’s most famous poem.

Episode 55 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-55-quiz

Episode 55 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-055-among-the-shades

Episode 55 Song: "The Gods Are Insane"
https://youtu.be/Uybu1B2qq9o

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May 31, 2018

Virgil’s Aeneid, Books 1-3. The Aeneid is Rome’s great epic. Learn the story of its first three books, and when and why Virgil began writing it.

Episode 54 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-54-quiz

Episode 54 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-054-out-of-troy

Episode 54 Song: "The Epic Cycle Waltz"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcJgKUMS8k8

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May 4, 2018

Virgil’s Georgics (c. 29 BCE), or agriculture poems, show the poet reaching his full strength as a writer, and using an old form to analyze the history around him.

Episode 53 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-53-quiz

Episode 53 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-053-then-came-hard-iron

Episode 53 Song: "The Ancient Republican"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzNAutei6wA

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Apr 12, 2018

Virgil’s Eclogues (c. 38 BCE) are poems about country life. Far from being innocent celebrations, though they are often cryptic filled with a haunting darkness.

Episode 52 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-52-quiz

Episode 52 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-052-white-flowers-die

Episode 52 Song: "Cyclops Power Ballad"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZOiQL5aJAA

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Mar 19, 2018

Horace (65-8 BCE) was a central figure in shaping Augustan Age tastes in satire and literary criticism. His bumbling, self conscious persona has been charming readers for millennia.

Episode 51 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-51-quiz

Episode 51 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-051-horace-and-augustan-poetry

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Feb 19, 2018

The Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE), a contemporary of Augustus, endured wars, regime changes, and became a literary spokesman for the new principate.

Episode 50 Quiz:
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Episode 50 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-050-our-brutal-age

Episode 50 Song: "Augustus Asks for an Epic"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU6nk9luAm8

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Jan 31, 2018

Catullus (c. 85-54 BCE) is Rome’s most famous early poet. Departing from epic tradition, Catullus wrote a canon of short works that have been famous since antiquity.

Episode 49 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-49-quiz

Episode 49 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-049-the-strange-roots-of-love

Episode 49 Song: "Catullus' Love Song"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myQERneu-mQ

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Jan 15, 2018

Following his consulship, Cicero did his best to salvage the battered Republic, eventually going head to head with the powerful young general Mark Antony.

Episode 48 Quiz:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-48-quiz

Episode 48 Transcription:
http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-048-the-right-and-the-expedient

Episode 48 Song: "The Last Philippic"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES5WpZ1GH-A

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