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In today’s special guest episode, I am joined by director and screenwriter Esme von Hoffman (Festival of Cinema NYC 2019 Winner for Best Director) for her film, Ovid and the Art of Love. Esme and I discuss her background with Classics and Roman history, what drew her to make a film about the life of Ovid,

The idiom “red herring” is used to describe a distraction from the matter at hand. Literally, a “red herring” is a kipper––that is, a smoked and salted sliced fish––but why would such a fish become an expression for a distraction? In this episode, we debunk a popular myth surrounding the idiom’s etymology by close reading

I’m thrilled to announce that The History of Ancient Greece podcast will be participating once again in the Intelligent Speech Conference, hosted by Roifield Brown and the folks at Agora Podcast Network. It’ll be online this year and not in NYC (for obvious reasons), but y’all should register and attend virtually! Details on how to

“Join in the conversation with TODAY’S guest Ryan Stitt, host of The History of Ancient Greece Podcast! – Today we will be discussing Ryan’s entrance into podcasting, a small segment of our military careers and how that has impacted podcasting, and how podcasting has fundamentally changed both of our lives.”

Of all places, why do we put the “proof” in the “pudding?” Like many idioms whose origins date back several centuries, the connection between the literal and figurative meanings of “the proof is in the pudding” is no longer clear in Modern English. “The proof is in the pudding” is actually a shortened corruption of

In this special guest episode, Dr. Owen Rees and I discuss Ancient Greek land warfare in general with lengthy discussions on the definition of a hoplite, its socio-political importance, and the problems surrounding its chronology and historiographic tradition; the problems with the traditional reconstructive models of ancient Greek battles; the important role of cavalry and light

In today’s episode, I talk with Simon Horobin, Oxford professor and author of “Bagels, Bumf and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language,” a book that explores the etymology of common words we encounter every day. In addition to discussing Simon’s latest book, we discuss a range of language topics including the

Lyceum is a new educational audio platform that curates, creates, and builds community around educational audio. You can find Words for Granted there as part of the curated “Words with Friends” collection and join the discussion room to chat with me and other listeners. 

I’m thrilled to announce that The History of Ancient Greece podcast is now a member of Lyceum, a new app that makes it easy to discover great educational podcasts and chat with other passionate listeners. To download it to your phone, go to or search for “Lyceum” in your preferred “app store”. Then, check

The etymology of “break a leg” is disputed, but some theories hold up better than others. In today’s episode, we look at a handful of plausible explanations for how “break a leg” became theater slang for “good luck” and also bust a few etymological myths surrounding the idiom.  Today’s episode is brought to you by

In this episode, we discuss the year 413 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the rise of Archelaus to the Macedonian throne, the Athenian attack on the Laconian coastline which technically broke the peace treaty, the defeats by the Athenian army and navy at Syracuse, and the retreat and ultimate surrender of the Athenians, which

Meta Versions! So many versions. The best version of the film: The Ultimate Cut. Setting the scene Ancient Greece after 300. The Peloponnesian War (which Ryan is in the middle ofon his show!). The rise of Philip. Olympias. Philip Putting Macedon at center stage in ancient Greece. Technical and logistical innovations. Planning the invasion of

As we all know, the idiomatic meaning of “apple of the eye” has nothing to do with apples. As it turns out, the origins of the idiom also have nothing to do with apples. In this episode, we look at how the English translation of an old Hebrew expression found in the Old Testament unintentionally

In this episode, we discuss the years 415-414 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the Athenian attempt at blockading Syracuse, the death of Lamachos, the tactical blunders of Nikias, the arrival of Gylippus, and the “Birds” of Aristophanes   Show Notes:   Intro by Neil Eckart of the War and Conquest Podcast  Website:

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