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Ancient Geek

Ancient Geek

By Jenks
Welcome to Ancient Geek, a mini podcast in which Classical Civilisation teacher and author of Greek Myth Comix, Jenks, rants on ancient topics and tries to be brief about it it in ten minutes or less.

Find references and further reading at the website link.

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Ancient Geek 4a - no, there was *no lava* (Part 1)

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Ancient Geek 4a - no, there was *no lava* (Part 1)

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Ancient Geek 7: we *need* to talk about Homeric heroism and Achilles’ heel
In this episode I ramble on a bit, filling in the gaps of general knowledge about Achilles' heel, why he got 'dipped' in the first place, and how it ties in with what it means to be a Homeric hero anyway.
14:49
February 23, 2021
Ancient Geek 6 (there is no 5) - yes, we *do* need to talk more about ancient slavery
This rant was inspired by an unfortunately and timely experience in my own teaching. Have a listen, and a think. I only hope I've done this topic justice. (There’s a lengthy reading list for this episode on the website, to continue discussion of the topic.)
12:04
February 16, 2021
Ancient Geek 4b - no, there was *no lava* (part 2)
Inspired by the work I’m doing with CSCP on Pompeii, this is a rant so epic I had to cut it in half to fit each part into ten minutes! Here is the second half of my list of the four most annoying things people get wrong about Pompeii. (And thanks to Dr Sophie Hay who helped with Point 1/4!)
10:42
February 9, 2021
Ancient Geek 4a - no, there was *no lava* (Part 1)
Inspired by the work I’m doing with CSCP on Pompeii, this is part 1 of a rant so epic I had to cut it in half to fit it into ten minutes! Here are the first two (or last two?) points on my list of the four most annoying things people get wrong about Pompeii. (And thanks to Dr Sophie Hay who helped with Point 1/4!)
11:44
February 2, 2021
Ancient Geek 3 – why yes, I *do* love a good simile…
In the third episode, I explain in as much detail as possible (and with only two klaxons!) why I’m so annoyed similes aren’t given their due reverence (mostly by my students), why they’re not the same as metaphor, why they’re so important in Homeric epic, and how *exactly* to enjoy them.
11:01
January 26, 2021
Ancient Geek 2 - it’s just not a medical symbol, *ok*?
The second episode explains, at some length (and with several klaxons) exactly why the caduceus of Hermes is not correctly used as a medical symbol, and why. And I talk about Hermes a lot.
07:54
January 19, 2021
Ancient Geek 1 - How annoying *is* Paris?
Welcome to Ancient Geek, a mini-podcast in which Classical Civilisation teacher and author of Greek Myth Comix Jenks rants on ancient topics and tries to be brief about it in ten minutes or less. In this first episode, I ease myself in gently with a topic I’ve practised ranting about before: an explanation of why Paris is so annoying.
10:20
January 18, 2021
Welcome to Ancient Geek!
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January 17, 2021