An Introduction to Archaic Greece (c. 750-500 BC)
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by Cy
6d ago
In this video we'll take a look at the pivotal period of Greek history known as the Archaic Period. It's this time frame that gave rise to the polis, hoplite warfare, increased colonization around the coasts of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, oligarchies, tyrannies and lot of other really interesting aspects of life in the Greek-speaking world from 750-500 BC.  Contents: 00:00 Introduction and Context 02:07 A Hard Life for Many  07:27 The Polis 11:00 Oligarchies 16:35 Hoplite Warfare 20:57 Greek Society during the Archaic Period 24:55 Greek Colonization of the Mediterranean and B ..read more
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Scattered Candles in the Night – Civilization during the Greek Dark Age (c. 1100-750 BC)
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by Cy
6d ago
The Greek Dark Age, spanning roughly from 1100 to 750 BC, marks a mysterious chapter in the history of ancient Greece. Characterized by a sharp decrease in population, the abandonment of the once might Mycenaean palatial centers, disruption of trade networks, the loss of literacy and a steep decline in artistic endeavors, this time period was generally one of economic hardship and political fragmentation. However, amidst the darkness there were pockets of prosperity and social changes that eventually allowed for the rise of powerful Greek city-states and the dawn of Archaic Greek civilization ..read more
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Darius the Great: The Life and Times of the Great King of Persia in his Own Words
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by Cy
3M ago
In this program we'll take a look at the illustrious life of the great Persian King of Kings, Darius I, also known as Darius the Great.  Regarded by many as the most powerful ruler of the Achaemenid Dynasty of ancient Iran, Darius I is also amongst its most controversial.  We'll dive deeper into the life of great king, the contentious debate about his rise to power, and ultimately examine the words of Darius himself about his these and other aspects of his life and beliefs. Contents: 00:00  Introduction and Historical Context 03:37  Early Life of Darius 05:14  Rise t ..read more
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The World's First Superpower: Sargon of Akkad and the Mighty Akkadian Empire - Bronze Age History
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by Cy
4M ago
This is the episode that many of your have been waiting for - a comprehensive, in-depth look at the Akkadian Empire from just before it was created to its mysterious end.  Founded by Sargon of Akkad and expanded by his descendants Rimush, Manishtushu and Naram-Sin, the Akkadian Empire was the first hegemonic state and superpower of the early Bronze Age.  This program will examine Akkad's beginning, it's rise and expansion to the far corners of the known world, its economy, administration, collapse and legacy.   Contents: 00:00 Introduction: The World Before Sargon of Akkad 04 ..read more
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Exploring Mycenaean Greece – Culture, Kingdoms and the Historical Context of the Trojan War
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by Cy
5M ago
In this video we'll journey back to the late Bronze Age and explore Mycenaean Civilization in Greece and the wider Aegean world.  We'll also delve into the historical events that may have led to armed conflicts between Mycenaeans and Hittites and that may have ultimately served as the basis for Homer's great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.  Contents: 00:00 Contents and Introduction 02:43 Helladic Chronology Explained 03:42 Discovery of Mycenaean Culture 05:35 Geography of Greece 07:28 Early Mycenaeans 10:58 “Mycenae, Rich in Gold” 13:32 Linear B 16:54 Mycenaean Society and Materi ..read more
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Babylon: The City at the Center of the World - The Concise History of Babylonia (2000-539 BC)
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by Cy
1y ago
This program explores the history of the ancient city of Babylon and the land once known as Babylonia.  We'll uncover the story of this great city over the course of fifteen centuries and learn about its impact and why it was so beloved as well as hated by so many in the ancient world.   We'll also meet an interesting and rather eclectic cast of kings including Hammurabi, Zimri-Lim, Rim-Sin, Samsu-iluna, Marduk-apla-iddina II, Sargon II, Sennacherib, Ashurbanipal, Nabopolassar, Nebuchadnezzar I & II, Nabonidus, Cyrus the Great and many more.  Contents: 00:00 Introduction 0 ..read more
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Croesus of Lydia and the Lydians (plus Herodotus' tale of Croesus meeting Solon the Athenian)
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by Cy
1y ago
In this podcast, we take a look at the fabled king, Croesus of Lydia, at least from the point of view of Greek writers such as Herodotus and Xenophon.  Croesus was a king who during his day (r. 560-546 BC) was deemed to have been the wealthiest sovereign in the world. However, he lost it all to the Persian king Cyrus the Great while finally learning the lesson that the great Athenian sage, Solon, was trying to convey to him.  It's an interesting tale and fun to examine.   Follow History with Cy: YouTube Channel Instagram Facebook Twitter Website  Support the show (h ..read more
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The Peloponnesian War - PART III: Revolt of Mytilene, Fate of Plataea, Civil War in Corcyra and more
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by Cy
2y ago
In this third installment of the Peloponnesian War podcast, we take a look at life after Pericles and the years 428 and 427 BC.  Leaders of Mytilene's oligarchy have decided that now is the time to leave the Athenian-led alliance.  The conflict in Plataea also finally comes to an end while another bloody civil conflict between factions in Corcyra gets out of hand and shocks the Greek world.  At the end of it, the Athenians head west to see if they can exert their influence in southern Italy and Sicily.  The war is really heading up and who knows where the fires will spread ..read more
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The Peloponnesian War - PART II: Pericles' War Begins
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by Cy
2y ago
War begins!  In this episode, we take a look at the start of the great war and the Athenian statesman Pericles' strategy to keep Athens and it's empire safe from the attacks of the Spartan general Archidamos and the Peloponnesian forces.  Find out in this episode of the Peloponnesian War Podcast.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/historywithcy ..read more
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The Peloponnesian War - PART I: The Gathering Storm
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by Cy
2y ago
This is the first episode of the podcast series on the Peloponnesian War.  How did it start?  What does Thucydides, the war's great historian, tell us about the reasons and motivations of Athens, Sparta, Corinth and the different parties involved? Could the conflict have been prevented?  We'll take a look at these questions and more as we go through the story of the greatest internal conflict of ancient Greek history, the Peloponnesian War!    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/historywithcy ..read more
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