Tag Archive: Ancient Greece

Jul 17 2015

PBS: Crash Course | Distances Astronomy #25

How do astronomers make sense out of the vastness of space? How do they study things so far away? Today Phil talks about distances, going back to early astronomy. Ancient Greeks were able to find the size of the Earth, and from that the distance to and the sizes of the Moon and Sun. Once …

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Jun 14 2015

University of Edinburgh: Andrew Erskine – Roman Power, Greek Reaction

Andrew Erskine, Professor of Ancient History, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled “Roman power, Greek reaction”. Abstract At the beginning of second century BC, Rome announced that it had brought freedom to the Greeks. By the end of the century the Greeks were effectively the subjects of Rome. This lecture explores the Greek reaction to these …

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May 15 2015

Penn Museum: Brian Rose | Great Wonders | The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and its Successors

Each of the “wonders” in the ancient world was intended to symbolize the builder’s political and economic power, and to serve as a template for future monuments to such power. In most cases they succeeded: the statue of Olympian Zeus was used as a model for portraits of Napoleon and George Washington, while the Colossus …

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Dec 14 2014

Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier: Greece and Asia in the Late Bronze Age | The Historical Background of Homer’s Iliad

Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, speaks. In 1924, Swiss archaeologist Emil Forrer announced a new discovery relating to the Trojan War. After examining texts found at Hattusa, once the capital of the Hittite empire in Asia Minor, he identified the Hittite words for Troy (Wilusa) and Mycenaean Greece (Ahhiyawa), …

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Sep 04 2014

Nature Podcast: 04 September 2014

This week, sustainable farming to feed a hungry world, gene editing for research and therapy, and a fresh look at Aristotle’s science.

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Aug 05 2014

Catherine Morgan: Why did early Greeks build temples?

Professor Catherine Morgan of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) delivers a public lecture at The Australian National University. Temples are nowadays taken for granted as essential features of Greek sanctuaries. Yet following the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces, the nature and function of buildings at cult sites varied greatly – and many sanctuaries …

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Jun 07 2014

Ken Dowden: Greek Mythology 3500 BC to AD 2014

Professor Ken Dowden delivers the Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association’s New Year lecture. Where do Greek myths come from? How, and when, are they created? What is the point of them? Why haven’t they passed away like the Ancient Greeks themselves? Are there modern ‘mythologies’ in the same sense as Greek mythology? Lecture hosted by …

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May 19 2014

Brian Rose: Great Voyages: Jason and the Golden Fleece

Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania. Searching for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts One of the most captivating voyages in Classical literature involved the travels of the Greek hero Jason to the Black Sea, where he searched for the golden fleece of a winged ram that …

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May 11 2014

Jeremy McInerny: Great Battles: Thermopylae: The Battle for Europe?

Dr. Jeremy McInerny, Professor of Classical Studies, examines the tactics and strategy of the Battle of Thermopylae (in present-day Greece) in 480 BCE. Why was the battle fought at this location and was it, as it is often portrayed, a turning point in the confrontation of East and West? This lecture puts the Battle of …

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Apr 05 2014

Peter Struck: Great Voyages: The Odyssey, Nostalgia, and the Lost Home

Published on Apr 4, 2014 Homer’s tale of the wandering hero has loaned its name to the English language for the very idea of a long wandering voyage. In this talk, Dr. Struck considers the idea of a displacement in the epic poem, and how Odysseus negotiates his status as someone separated from where he …

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Jan 05 2014

Brian Rose: The Trojan War – Myth or Fact

Dr. C. Brian Rose, Deputy Director of the Penn Museum discusses excavations at Troy over the past twenty years. A new digital imaging technique shows a cross section of nine settlements dating from the beginning of the Bronze Age (ca. 3,000 B.C.) through the end of the Byzantine period (ca. 1400 A.D.) The University of …

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Sep 28 2013

Earth from Space: City of knowledge

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Explore Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, in this edition.

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