A podcast about the history of ancient Greece for people new to and familiar with Ancient Greek history.The Casting Through Ancient Greece podcast will focus on telling the story of Ancient Greece starting from the pre history through Archaic Greece, Classical Greece and up to the Hellenistic period. Featured throughout the podcast series will be Major events such as the Greek and Persian wars, The Peloponnesian war and Alexander the Greats war against Persia. www.castingthroughancientgreece.com for more resources and creditsSupport the series at www.patreon.com/castingthroughancientgreecefacebook: casting through ancient greeceTwitter: @casting_greece
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 tumultuous tides of 427 BCE. We won't shy away from the stark contrasts of rule, examining the cunning manoeuvres of Hieron as he clings to power, the bloody outcomes of political machinations, and the indelible marks left by tyrants on the fabric of their cities.
Finally, wisdom takes centre stage as we scrutinize the counsel of Simonides to Hieron, juxtaposing the downfalls of despots with the democratic reawakening of Syracuse. The intricate dance of Sicilian politics continues with revolts and power shifts, where the spectre of tyranny lingers, and the ambitions of leaders like Ducetius spark conflict and change. Join us for a profound look at ancient strategies and the timeless struggle for power, as we piece together the lessons history has etched into the stones of Sicily, setting the chessboard for the Sicilian expedition that awaits over a decade later.
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 dynamic adaptation and military evolution that turned the tide against the Persians. We’ll explore how the Greeks, far from merely reacting, made calculated decisions from the positioning of their camp to their unorthodox charge—a harrowing run toward the enemy lines. The choice of terrain, often thought to be influenced by religious motives, is revealed as a clever guise for a cunning defensive stance. Join us to unravel the true genius behind these ancient warriors whose battlefield intellect has long been underestimated.
This episode isn’t just a history lesson; it’s a thrilling investigation into the mysterious absence of the Persian cavalry and how it shaped the Greeks’ tactical approach. With a running advance that would leave most armies breathless, the Athenian commanders didn’t just adapt—they revolutionized traditional hoplite warfare to outmaneuver their opponents. Our journey through history will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the legendary Battle of Marathon. So, gear up for a heart-pounding ride back in time as we pay homage to the tactical innovators of yesteryear, whose legacy has indelibly influenced the Western way of war.