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Literature and History

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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 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

EMarcus Aurelius’ Meditations show an intelligent emperor coping with the realities of an empire buckling under its own weight. Episode 74 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-74-quiz Episode 74 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-074-marcus-aurelius Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

111 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

EApuleius’ 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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-73-quiz Episode 73 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-073-the-golden-ass Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

154 MINFEB 29
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Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

EJuvenal’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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-72-quiz Episode 72 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-072-bread-and-circuses Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

111 MINFEB 14
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Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

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136 MINJAN 30
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Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

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

EStatius’ 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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-70-quiz Episode 70 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-070-romes-forgotten-epic Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

115 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

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

EPetronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life. Episode 69 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-69-quiz Episode 69 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-069-romes-comic-novel Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

120 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

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

ESeneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study. Episode 68 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-68-quiz Episode 68 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-068-love-means-sin Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

94 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

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

ESeneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written. Episode 67 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-67-quiz Episode 67 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-067-jaws-dripping-blood Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

72 MIN2019 JUL 18
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Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

EStoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament. Episode 66 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-66-quiz Episode 66 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-066-seneca-stoicism-st-paul Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

94 MIN2019 JUN 27
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Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

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

ESeneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns. Episode 65 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-65-quiz Episode 65 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-065-seneca-and-the-julio-claudians Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

126 MIN2019 MAR 31
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Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)

Latest Episodes

Episode 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

EMarcus Aurelius’ Meditations show an intelligent emperor coping with the realities of an empire buckling under its own weight. Episode 74 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-74-quiz Episode 74 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-074-marcus-aurelius Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

111 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Episode 74: Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations)

Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

EApuleius’ 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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-73-quiz Episode 73 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-073-the-golden-ass Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

154 MINFEB 29
Comments
Episode 73: The Golden Ass (Apuleius' The Golden Ass)

Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

EJuvenal’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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-72-quiz Episode 72 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-072-bread-and-circuses Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

111 MINFEB 14
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Episode 72: Bread and Circuses (Juvenal's Satires)

Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

E

136 MINJAN 30
Comments
Episode 71: The Gods Depart (Statius' Thebaid)

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

EStatius’ 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: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-70-quiz Episode 70 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-070-romes-forgotten-epic Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

115 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Episode 70: Rome's Forgotten Epic (Statius' Thebaid)

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

EPetronius’ Satyricon is a contender for history’s first novel, a picaresque filled with sex, misadventures, and details about daily life. Episode 69 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-69-quiz Episode 69 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-069-romes-comic-novel Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

120 MIN2019 AUG 26
Comments
Episode 69: Rome's Comic Novel (Petronius' Satyricon)

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

ESeneca’s Phaedra (c. 50s CE) is the story of an illicit passion, a stoic cautionary tale and simultaneously vivid character study. Episode 68 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-68-quiz Episode 68 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-068-love-means-sin Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

94 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Episode 68: Love Means Sin (Seneca's Phaedra)

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

ESeneca’s Thyestes, probably written around the 50s CE, is one of the most horrifying and influential plays ever written. Episode 67 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-67-quiz Episode 67 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-067-jaws-dripping-blood Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

72 MIN2019 JUL 18
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Episode 67: Jaws Dripping Blood (Seneca's Thyestes)

Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

EStoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament. Episode 66 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-66-quiz Episode 66 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-066-seneca-stoicism-st-paul Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

94 MIN2019 JUN 27
Comments
Episode 66: Stoicism, Seneca, St. Paul

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

ESeneca the Younger (c 1 BCE-65 CE) practiced the philosophy of stoicism over the course of several volatile, and very different imperial reigns. Episode 65 Quiz: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-65-quiz Episode 65 Transcription: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-065-seneca-and-the-julio-claudians Bonus Content: http://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/literatureandhistory

126 MIN2019 MAR 31
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Episode 65: Seneca and the Julio-Claudians (The Life of Seneca)
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