In the final series episode of the Ithaca Bound Podcast, Professor Ivana Petrovic, Department of Classics and Department Chair, University of Virginia, joins the show to explore what scholars know about the Greek pantheon.
Pottery in ancient Sparta was used for storage, shipping, communicating moral lessons, and more. Dr Adrien Delahaye, French School at Athens, joins the show to explore what scholars know about Spartan pottery in the Archaic and Classical periods.
Marseille is the oldest city in France but not the oldest French city. Professor Junko Takeda, Syracuse University, joins the show to speak about the period of time when Marseille became part of France.
In 1516, the Ottoman Empire took over the region of Syria from the Mamluk Empire. Professor Stefan Winter, Koç University & University of Quebec at Montreal, joins the show to discuss Ottoman Syria during the century.
Much happened in the 7th century during Umayyad’s prominence including two fitnas (commonly referred to as civil wars), printing coins, and the assembly of a navy. Dr. Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland, joins the show to discuss the caliphate's hegemony in the Mediterranean Basin in the 7th century.
Classical Athens had a principles-based legal system that echoes in many legal systems today. Emeritus Professor Edward Harris, University of Durham, makes a return appearance on the show to discuss what court trials were like in the Classical Athenian period.
Classical Sparta functioned for years with a body of citizens who passed laws while co-existing with two contemporaneously sitting kings (a diarchy). Dr Philip Davies, University of Nottingham, joins the show to explain how government functioned in the Classical Spartan period.
Bronze Age Palaikastro on the Island of Crete remarkably persisted for over two millennia, and peculiarly, may never have had a palatial building. Carl Knappett, a professor and department chair at the University of Toronto, joins the show to share what's known about this ancient Minoan urban centre.
Pompeii became largely uninhabited in the fifth century and began a repopulation process in the fourth. Ivo van der Graaff, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Durham, returns to the show to discuss what was occurring in Pompeii during the fifth and fourth centuries BCE.
The Abbasid Caliphate existed for hundreds of years longer than its Islamic predecessors. Dr Harry Munt, University of York, returns to the show to explain their reign and longevity.