Teaser: The Greeks Unite (Patreon)
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
2w ago
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, "The Greeks Unite" found over on Patreon. Transitioning from the Persian might, our episode casts light on the labyrinthine world of Greek polis. We unveil how over a thousand autonomous entities, with their own dialects, governments, and customs, confronted an existential threat. The Greeks' struggle for unity is a narrative of alliances forged in the crucible of necessity, a testament to the power of collective action in the face of overwhelming odds. Accompanying us on this historical deep dive is our special guest, an esteemed historian whose knowled ..read more
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83: Athens Sails West
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
3w ago
Embark on a voyage through the tempestuous waters of ancient Sicilian politics, where our narrative charts the ascendancy of Syracuse amidst a maelstrom of democracies emerging from tyrannical ruins. Unearth the seismic shifts in Athenian foreign policy that set a fleet towards Sicily's shores, seeking to weave a web of influence that could ensnare the Peloponnesian war machine. Witness the Athenian fleet, under the command of Laches and Charoeades, as it threads through the Mediterranean, capturing cities and igniting the fuse of local uprisings with the promise of freedom from Syracuse's gr ..read more
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Episode Update: March 2024
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
1M ago
As we gather today to mark a remarkable journey through the annals of Greek history, I am filled with gratitude and excitement. Together, we've traversed 83 episodes, spanning the rich tapestry of Greece from its nascent days to the dramatic onset of the Peloponnesian War. Looking ahead, I'm thrilled to contemplate the untold stories that may unfold beyond Alexander the Great's demise. It's a testament to your engagement and curiosity that we're even considering this expansion of our historical horizon. Moreover, I want to share a heartfelt thank you for your steadfast support—without which th ..read more
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Teaser: Xerxes Invasion (Patreon Bonus Episode)
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
1M ago
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, "Xerxes Invasion" found over on Patreon. Step back in time with us and uncover the epic saga of Xerxes' colossal invasion of Greece. Imagine inheriting a crown and a vendetta: that's exactly what Xerxes faced as he ascended to the Persian throne, but was he burning with the ambition to subjugate all of Greece? As your guide through this march into history, I'll take you through the aftermath of the First Persian Invasion, revealing how initial Persian endeavours sowed the seeds for an even grander campaign. We'll scrutinize Xerxes' grandiose preparations ..read more
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82: Sicily Revisited
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
2M ago
Prepare to be transported to a Sicily that's both ancient and alive, where democracy's roots intertwine with the whispers of tyrants. On our historical odyssey, we'll traverse the landscapes of power, betrayal, and the unending quest for dominion. I promise an expedition into the heart of Sicilian intrigue, from the liberation of Syracuse to the theatrics of Hieron's tyranny, and the eventual emergence of revolutions that would forever alter the island's destiny. Our narrative begins in the aftermath of the Greco-Persian Wars, charting a course through Sicily's golden age of peace to the tumu ..read more
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Teaser: Miltiades (Patreon Bonus)
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
2M ago
This is a teaser of the bonus episode, Miltiades found over on Patreon. Travel back in time to fifth century BC Athens, where the life of Miltiades—a man whose lineage was synonymous with both nobility and concern—takes center stage. From the influence of his uncle, Miltiades the Elder, to the Olympic chariot racing triumphs of his family, we explore the ascent and inevitable downfall of this enigmatic leader. As we weave through the tapestry of Miltiades' life, we're reminded of the fickleness of fame, especially in the volatile political climate of ancient Athens. It’s a story rich with the ..read more
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81. The Terror of War
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
2M ago
Uncover the chilling drama of ancient conflict as we journey through the shadows of the Peloponnesian War—revealing the political chaos of Corcyra, and the tragedy of Plataea. This episode uncovers the tales of rebellion, siege, and the sobering reality of political strife, all through the compelling lens of Thucydides' historical narratives. Be prepared to witness the darker side of human nature, where the lust for power leads to a breakdown in social order and a wave of indiscriminate violence that shook the very foundations of Ancient Greece. Step into the political arena of Corcyra where ..read more
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Marathon Mini series: 05 The First Marathon Run
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
3M ago
Welcome to this bonus instalment of episodes for January. The Marathon mini series has been apart of the members episodes over on Patreon. For the month of January I have decided to make this series of 5 episodes available to all to say thank you for all the support over the year. Get in and listen when you can as they will go back to Patreon only at the start of February. Step into the past with us as we unfurl the mysteries of the ancient Battle of Marathon, a clash that shaped our history and sparked the creation of one of the world's most enduring athletic challenges. Will the true story ..read more
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Marathon Mini series: 04 Cavalry Away
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
3M ago
Welcome to this bonus instalment of episodes for January. The Marathon mini series has been apart of the members episodes over on Patreon. For the month of January I have decided to make this series of 5 episodes available to all to say thank you for all the support over the year. Get in and listen when you can as they will go back to Patreon only at the start of February. Unlock the secrets of ancient military strategy as we unravel the enigma of the missing Persian cavalry at the Battle of Marathon. With our historical detective hats on, we traverse through Herodotus's ancient texts, pickin ..read more
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Marathon Mini series: 03 Tactics
Casting Through Ancient Greece
by Mark Selleck
3M ago
Welcome to this bonus instalment of episodes for January. The Marathon mini series has been apart of the members episodes over on Patreon. For the month of January I have decided to make this series of 5 episodes available to all to say thank you for all the support over the year. Get in and listen when you can as they will go back to Patreon only at the start of February. Discover the untold brilliance of ancient Greek warfare as we dissect the strategic mastery that unfolded at the Battle of Marathon. Forget the tired trope of Greek tactics being static; our latest episode unveils a saga of ..read more
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