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Two Friends Talk History

Two Friends Talk History is a podcast where public historian, Zofia, chats with scholars, archaeologists, researchers and more to explore fascinating histories, look behind the scenes and ask the big question that's missing in much academic discourse: so what? Why is this relevant today? Find me on Instagram at Two Friends Talk History and at ArchaeoArtist.com. Support the Pod @Patreon.com/archaeoartistBuy cool merch @ https://www.redbubble.com/people/TFTHPodcast/shop?asc=u

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Poverty in Late Antiquity with Carlos Machado
In this episode, I interview  Dr Carlos Machado from the University of St Andrews about the social perceptions and realities of poverty in the Late Antique period. Dr Machado is a Roman historian whose work focuses on aspects of urban space in the Late Antique Roman world, from elite building, honorific monuments, and domestic spaces; he is now working on shedding a light on the strata of society that seldom received attention in the historical record or monumental commemorations - the poor - which is what we shall dig into today. We discuss preconceptions about who the 'poor' of antiquity were, and how the early Christian church tried to deal with the shifting fortunes of their communities when facing historical realities of cycles of poverty in the past. I have included some links below for anyone wishing to find out more about Dr Machado's  recent publications, and his upcoming project work. Urban space and aristocratic power in late antique Rome: AD 270-535Machado, C., 25 Oct 2019, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 317 p.The epigraphic cultures of Late AntiquityBolle, K. (ed.), Machado, C. (ed.) & Witschel, C. (ed.), 2017, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 615 p. (Heidelberger althistorische Beiträge und epigraphische Studien; vol. 60)Dr Machado has recently won an AHRC-DFG partnership grant for a project entitled ‘Land and loyalty: the politics of land in the later Roman world (4th to 6th century)’. This forthcoming project will analyse the politics of imperial and royal land grants and how this practice changed the dynamics of Mediterranean societies between 300 and 600 CE. To follow Carlos on Twitter (X); @AmianoMarcelino, or you can check out his Academia.edupage or University of St Andrews contact page. To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through PatreonBuy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtist
43:41 12/15/23
Athletics and Honour with Giorgos Mouratidis
In this episode, I conduct an in-person interview with the Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, Dr Giorgos Mouraditis. Giorgos' research focuses on athletic self-representation in inscriptions from the Hellenistic and Imperial periods.  Listeners will be familiar with the British School of Athens from the last episode when I met with its Director, Professor Rebecca Sweetman, to discuss the exciting public engagement work that the institute is working on.  I returned to the BSA for a short visit in May of this year during the fieldwork I am conducting for my thesis chapter in Greece. I thought it might be fun to throw my mic in my rucksack and do some field interviews while I am on the road!Giorgos' upcoming project, ‘Athletics and Paideia’ investigates the role of monuments in preserving and the diffusion of knowledge about Hellenic culture and civic education. Giorgos has an upcoming publication that explores Money and Honour in athletics this autumn, and a chapter in a forthcoming volume on Paideia and Performance (2023).You can follow Dr Mouraditis on Twitter @Giorgos_m776 and Instagram @Giorgos.m776. If you would like to find out more about what is going on at the British School at Athens, you can check out their website, www.bsa.ac.uk, or linktree . To read his publications and stay connected through Academia.edu.  If you would like to get in touch, you can contact Dr Mouraditis by email, contact Giorgios at: assistant.director@bsa.ac.uk If you would like to apply to the BSA for ‘Communicating Archaeology: knowledge exchange, impact, and public engagement', apply here: https://www.bsa.ac.uk/courses/communicating-archaeology/ This course will be aimed at PG students or professionals looking to gain hands on experience communicating archaeology to public audiences. This is a brand new programme, with exciting seminars and speakers planned including the fabulous Classicist and award-winning author, Natalie Haynes, journalists, heritage practitioners, and me, podcast and graphic art nerd, Zofia!The deadline for application is October 30th  2023.To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
26:59 10/4/23
Classical Reception P.1 with Briana King
In this week's episode,  flips the script and am interviewed by returning guest, Dr Briana King. This episode will be part one of an ongoing look at how the ancient world is used in different media today!I discuss with Dr King the history of “Classics” and what we mean when we discuss classical reception. Our first conversation is meant to lay down the foundational context for understanding what it means when classical images and stories are incorporated into modern media through books, music, film, and more. I will explore the history of the transmission of the ‘Classical Past’ into the  Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, with a special focus on the art of Empire of Jacques-Louis David, and Neo-Classical Edinburgh and its architectural legacy of appropriating the past to project a colonial future of the British Empire.   To follow Dr King's academic work, check out her page on Academia.Edu.My chapter in the Palgrave Macmillan volume, Comics, and Archaeology: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-98919-4_5To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
53:47 8/23/23
Research and Engagement at the BSA with Rebecca Sweetman
In this week's episode, Zofia interviews the Director of the British School at Athens (BSA), Professor Rebecca Sweetman. Rebecca has stepped into the role of Director of the BSA for the next few years and has really hit the ground running. We discuss the role and responsibilities of the institute and the exciting outreach she is leading with her fantastic teams in Athens and Knossos. With the 50th anniversary of the Fitch Laboratory coming up next year, we discuss how researchers, academics, artists, poets, and more are making use of the incredible library, archives, and collaborative space to engage with  Greece of the past and future. Professor Sweetman has published on the religious networks and economies of Roman and Late Antique Crete, and the Peloponnesus. She is currently working on a project on the Cycladic islands and the networks that connected them throughout changing social circumstances in the Roman and Late Antique periods. She is also one of my PhD supervisors at the University of St Andrews!Follow this link, if you would like to read about Rebecca's fascinating work!To get in touch with the BSA, you can email admin@bsa.ac.uk, and for more information about the exciting events taking place, check out the link here.You can follow the exciting events going on at the BSA on Twitter, Facebook , andYoutube !To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
27:05 7/19/23
Visualising War and Peace in Antiquity with Alice König
In this episode of Two Friends Talk History, Zofia interviews Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews, and founder of the Visualising War and Peace Project, Dr Alice König. In this interview, Zofia asks Alice about ideas of representing war in antiquity, and if concepts like a ‘peace movement’ was possible in a period of Roman Imperium. We discuss the absences in war narratives, and war’s impacts on women and children, and then turn our attention to the podcast series that Dr König and Dr Nicolas Wiater, launched in 2021, the Visualising War and Peace podcast. The Visualsing War and Peace podcast has over 60 episodes and seeks to present listeners with cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives on how war and peace were visualised in the past and how new narratives these established frameworks are seeking to disrupt the ways we talk about, teach and reproduce conflicts.We also discuss the upcoming exhibition Alice has organised with the artist, Diana Forster, opening May 25th at the Wardlaw Museum in St Andrews, 'Somewhere to Stay’. The exhibition focuses on the forced migration experienced by Diana's mother, a young Polish woman, during WWII.To hear Diana's episodes, you can listen to Art and War with Diana Forster or Visualising Forced Migration Through History.We also discussed the upcoming exhibition collaboration with Hugh Kinsella Cunningham,  titled 'Picturing Peace in the Congo'. you can find more information linked here. You can get in touch with Dr Konig at the University of St Andrews and her work on the Visualising War and Peace project here. Alice is also on Twitter @KonigAlice or @VisualisingWar. You can also follow the project on Facebook and Instagram, and there is an excellent blog series that you can follow through the project website/blog.  For links to show topics:On the appropriation of Classics topics/symbols etc by alt-right groups, helpful scholarship can be read here on Pharos' website: https://pharos.vassarspaces.net/To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
64:12 5/24/23
Tyranny in Antiquity with Sam Ellis
In this week's episode of Two Friends Talk History, Zofia is joined by Dr Sam Ellis, an expert in the language of tyranny in antiquity and the study of monocratic power in the Greek polis from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period.  We explore how the language used to frame the actions of sole rulers has created a construct of 'tyrant' that remains with us today.  For a suggested reading list and more information, please check out my website for a blog post on this episode and more resources.You can get in touch with Dr Ellis on the Universität Mannheim website here,  or you can follow him on Academia.edu. Sam is also on Instagram & Twitter @SamEllis1993. Seriously, check out his Instagram. The photos are stunning.To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
44:32 3/31/23
Wishing Upon a Romano-British Well with Maxime Ratcliffe
This week on Two Friends Talk History, I spoke with Dr Maxime Ratcliffe, hot off the press with his recently awarded doctorate, to discuss Romano-British well depositions and the tantalising mysteries that were buried within them. We explore their persistence in the British landscape, and their possible uses in antiquity.For a suggested reading list and more information, please check out my website for a blog post on this episode and more resources. If you would like to get in touch with Dr Ratcliffe on the Durham University Archaeology department website here,  or you can follow him on Academia.edu.To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
45:17 3/1/23
The Archaeology of Alcohol with Alexandra Slucky
In this week’s episode, Zofia is joined by returning guest, archaeologist, and archaeobotanist, Alexandra Slucky, to discuss the archaeology of alcohol! We discuss the archaeological process used to identify historic alcoholic vessels and processes.For a suggested reading list and more information, please check out my website for a blog post on this episode and more resources:https://archaeoartist.com/2023/01/29/archaeology-of-alcohol-on-tfth/If you would like to get in touch, you can find Alex on Instagram or on Twitter @SluckyAlex. To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
50:42 1/29/23
Polybius' Histories with Elke Close
In this episode, Zofia interviews Dr Elke Close about Polybius, the Achaean statesman, teacher, and historian from the Hellenistic period. Polybius was active in Megalopolis at the tail end of the period of Greek independence following the wars of the Hellenistic kings and the rise of the Roman empire. Elke discusses the social context and political realities that Polybius faced while held in Rome as a hostage, which, fortunately, he lodged with the famous Cornelii Scipiones family. From his position among one of Rome’s most prominent families, Polybius rode shotgun on several watershed moments of the Republic. If you would like to find out more from Dr Close, you can follow her Hellenistic History project:Website: Hellenistic HistoryTwitter @HellenisticHist Instagram @drawingancienthistory  and @hellenistichistoryTo get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
35:34 1/6/23
The Severans with Alex Imrie
In this episode, Zofia interviews Dr Alex Imrie about the historical context and impact of the Severan dynasty on the Roman Empire and beyond. We unpack how the dysfunctional family engaged with each other and the tumultuous world of politics and warfare around them while trying to connect to a human center. Dr Imrie is a Tutor in Classics at the University of Edinburgh and the National Outreach Co-ordinator for the Classical Association of Scotland (CAS). His doctoral work focused on the Constitutio Antoniniana (Antonine Constitution), and he has since published widely on the Severans. To get in touch with Alex, you can find him on Twitter @AlexImrie23 or edinburgh.academia.edu/AlexImrieIn the interview, we discuss his publication on Caracalla's supposed use of the Macedonian phalanx, which you can read more about HERE. To find out more about the CAS and register for upcoming 2023 programmes, please check out their website: https://cas.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
70:17 12/7/22
Reconnecting Heritage: Repatriation and Museums with Barbara Winter
Kicking off Series 3, in this episode, Zofia interviews Dr Barbara Winter to discuss how indigenous artifacts have traditionally been collected and displayed in western Canada. This discussion touches on the arguments historically used to keep acquired material culture outside of minority communities (by colonial powers), and in large museum collections. To challenge these historic narratives made by caretakers of cultural heritage, we explore the ways in which repatriation reconnects individuals and communities to pre-colonial pasts and helps build confidence for future generations.Dr Barbara Winter worked at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, for over thirty years as the curator for the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at the university. She worked in the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territory. The University Museum link:http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/museum.htmlTo get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
57:31 11/5/22
Multilingualism in Republican Italy with Rory Nutter
Drawing the year to a close, this week, Zofia is joined by historian Dr Rory Nutter. Together we discuss the linguistic changes that took place in the Italian peninsula over the 4th- 3rd centuries BCE as Latin speakers interacted with the mosaic of languages spoken in the region, and the importance of looking at the materiality of objects when reading inscriptions.Tangents include awkward linguistic encounters, Aeclanum field school, and visiting Ostia Antica.The show will be going on hiatus until February, so until then, thank you so much for tuning to Two Friends Talk History!You can follow Dr Nutter on Twitter @Rory_Nutter. To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
44:46 12/29/21
Vampires in Antiquity with Ambra Ghiringhelli
In this weeks' episode, Zofia is joined by classical scholar and vampire fang-atic, doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Ambra Ghiringhelli. Getting to the heart of the vampires in antiquity and in the archaeological record, we shine light in the darkest of spooky places where these immortal bloodsuckers have haunted our imaginations and cemeteries alike. We hope you enjoy the final interview of a three-part journey into monsters that went bump in the night and how they remain relevant in the modern world.   Tangents include the medieval village of Wharram Percy, the plague, Supernatural, and young adult vampire stories.If you would like to hear more from Ambra, you can follow her on Twitter @AmbraAllisonBibliography and further reading recommendations include  Beresford, M. (2008). From Demons to Dracula: The Creation of the Modern Vampire Myth. Reaktion Books, Ltd. Butler, E. (2013). The rise of the vampire. Reaktion Books Ltd. http://www.doublexscience.com/2012/07/vampire-of-venice-returns-or-what-is.html Barber, P. (2010). Vampires, Burial, and Death Folklore and Reality. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. Gardeła, L. (2020-01-07). Atypical Burials in Early Medieval Poland: A Critical Overview. In The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials. University Press of Florida.To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
62:57 12/3/21
Witches in the Classical World with Celeste Du Blois
In this episode, Zofia is joined again by Latinist and researcher of ancient magic, Celeste De Blois, a Classics doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh.Celeste returns to the pod to discuss witches in Greek mythology, Homeric stories, and Roman elegies.Click here to read the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, discussed in the episode.  To get in touch and find out more about Two Friends Talk History:Find us on Instagram & TwitterSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIllustration by Zofia GuertinIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. See you soon with new friends, on Two Friends.
49:06 11/3/21
Teen Wolf and Werewolves in Antiquity with Javier Martínez Jiménez
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and Late Antique period specialist Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez, currently a PDRA in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics "Impact of the Ancient City" ERC Project, to discuss his new article and foray into Classical Reception Studies, who looked at naughties tv Teen Wolf reboot and how it uses Classical mythology, language and bodies to present an updated version of the werewolf. Tangents include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Riverdale, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Supernatural, Ancient Greek Werewolf pottery and rituals!  To find out more from the talented Dr Martínez Jiménez please check out his Academia page, and for his new book, Aqueducts and Urbanism in Post-Roman Hispania (2019), can be found at all good booksellers - and  Amazon. His upcoming publication about Teen Wolf will be available early 2022 in the New Voices in Classical Studies Journal of Reception Studies from the Open University. Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
38:34 10/22/21
Rollin' Down Roman Rivers with James Page
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and University of Edinburgh PhD candidate, James R. Page! James shares his insights into how Romans dealt with the changing and often dangerous environment of river transportation, and how local resilience and adaptation changed landscapes in their pursuit of water management!I hope you enjoy the episode!If you would like to find out more about James' work, you can find him on his Academia.edu page and check out the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project's Vacone Villa that he has been working on!Image credits: cover illustration, map and photos by Zofia Guertin.Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 🎙👩🏻‍🎨
48:41 9/22/21
The Globalised Mediterranean with Meg Currie-Moodie
This week, Zofia is  joined by archaeologist and outdoor adventure entrepreneur, Dr Meg Currie-Moodie. Meg and I talk about the globalised Mediterranean in antiquity, and what it meant to have shared visual language - a visual koine. We discuss large-scale material culture which employs globalised artistic elements - the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania built Juba II called Kubr-er-Rumia in Arabic - and a small-scale devotional statuette found in Egypt of Horus dressed as a Roman emperor!For more information on the statue of Horus, you can find a fascinating article that discusses it and the recreated colouring here.Meg is also the Co-Founder of Beneath Your Feet Adventures where she now combines outdoor education with archaeological expertise!You can follow Meg on Facebook or Instagram at Beneath Your Feet Adventures. Image credits: cover illustration by Zofia Guertin.Photo of Horus statuette: the British Museum Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
40:58 9/4/21
Byzantine Pottery
From my recent stay at the British School at Athens, I am joined by archaeologist and Byzantine pottery specialist, the talented Dr Rossana Valente!Dr Rossana Valente (Richard Bradford McConnell Studentship holder) is a postdoctoral researcher at the British School at Athens and Visiting Research Fellow at Newcastle University. Rossana is part of the team analysing the ceramics for Byzantine period Sparta and has fascinating things to say about what studying this pottery can tell us about the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods of Mediterranean trade.Tangents include lockdowns in Athens, field schools and up a museum exhibition, late antique pottery, and future public outreach!If you would like to get in touch with Rossana, you can follow her on Twitter @RoxanneValente and you can find her publications on her Academia page!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
44:23 8/18/21
The Late Antique City with Javier Martínez Jiménez
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and Late Antique period specialist Dr Javier Martínez Jiménez, currently a PDRA in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics "Impact of the Ancient City" ERC Project, to discuss the social changes that characterised the transition to the Late Antique period. We discuss the knock-on effects of these changes as they impacted technology like water provisioning and urban contraction. Tangents include field schools, Roman Merida, setting up a museum exhibition, floating feathered pantomimes, werewolves, and more!To find out more from the talented Dr Martínez Jiménez please check out his Academia page, and for his new book, Aqueducts and Urbanism in Post-Roman Hispania (2019), can be found at all good booksellers - and  Amazon.Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
55:38 7/24/21
Roman Curses and Love Magic with Celeste Du Blois
In this episode, Zofia is joined by fellow French Canadian and doctoral candidate, Celeste Du Bois, to discuss Roman curses and love magic in literature and in the archaeological evidence of curse tablets. We explore the challenges to studying religion from the bottom up (so to speak) and some of the intriguing ritual practices of people in the Greco-Roman.I  hope you enjoy the interview!Tangents include using Latin for exorcisms, 90s blockbusters Practical Magic and the Craft, and more!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
51:43 7/3/21
Bronze Age Kefalonia: the Tzanata tomb with Hettie and Makis Metaxas
In this special episode, Zofia is joined by Hettie and Makis Metaxas from Poros, Kefalonia, who have worked tirelessly on advocating for the conservation of one of the most important monuments of Kefalonia’s Bronze Age, which they also helped discover- the Tzanata tholos tomb! We discussed their work to protect this important archaeological site just weeks before the Regional Governor of the Ionian Islands officially confirmed new investments in the site!  I hope you enjoy the interview!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistIf you would like to find out more Hettie and Makis and their society, check out their facebook page: Music by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
46:06 6/16/21
Ancient Greek Federalism: the Achaean Koinon with Elke Close
In this episode, Zofia is joined by the creator of Hellenistic History website and outreach, Dr Elke Close, to discuss the Achaean League (koinon) of the Greeks during the second century BCE. We chat about the different tools she used to investigate ancient federalism from Polybius, epigraphy to numismatics, and ultimately, the showdown with Rome at the Battle of Corinth in 146 BCE.Tangents include: Polybius picking fights, the magical city of Megalopolis and more!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistIf you would like to find out more from Dr Close, check out her website Hellenistic History, find her on Twitter and Instagram! Music by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
54:55 6/5/21
Hellenistic Queens with Briana King
In this episode, Zofia is reunited with Dr Briana King, a specialist in cult of Aphrodite and Greek erotica in the late-Classical period, to discuss the dynamic and variable roles that Hellenistic Queens played by focusing on queen Olympias of Macedon and Arsinoe II of Egypt. We explore their martial actions, power plays and divine associations. Tangents include road tripping in Greece, Netflix series ideas, and exploring the archaeological museum in Pella.Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesImage credits: cover illustrations and map by Zofia Guertin. If you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
66:58 5/21/21
The Bianchi Plague Processions of 1399 with Alex Lee
This week, Zofia is joined by Dr Alex Lee to discuss the popular religious processions that took place in northern and central Italy from 1399-1400 in response to the outbreak of deadly plague. These processions were called ‘Bianchi’ because of their adherent’s white robes. We discuss Dr Lee's research into the religious responses from the community members as they went on processions, what they could expect on their journeys as well as the bureaucratic organisation from within the local communities to organise these religious expressions.  Alex's website https://bianchi1399.wordpress.com is an incredible resource for this topic, so please check it out if you'd like to know more or get in touch with her at @AlexRALee on Twitter!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Shop Two Friends merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
44:03 5/2/21
Shining a Light on Roman Houses with Lucia Michielin
In this episode, Zofia is joined by archaeologist and 3D-reconstruction specialist, Dr Lucia Michielin, to shine a light on her research into how the building practices of Romans considered lighting and its implications on home design. We discuss changes to Roman technology and how increased accessibility to glass in the Imperial period was reflected in Roman homes, and how she navigated using semi-fantastical artistic evidence and scientific analysis to explore domestic lighting in the Roman world. Tangents include: Disney castles, video games, living the ‘Roman Dream’ and gated communities, and public engagement. Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com. 
41:50 4/21/21
Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius with Alexandra Swann
In this week’s episode, Zofia is joined by Alexandra Swann for a deep dive into Stoicism the implications of what this philosophy meant in antiquity, and how we can benefit from it now. With the  upcoming 1900th birthday anniversary of Marcus Arelius, we ask ourselves (WWMAD?) ‘What Would Marcus Aurelius Do?’ And explore how stoic wisdom guided the Roman Philosopher Emperor.Tangents include Youtube spirals, online conspiracy theories, ancient schools of philosophy, “what ancient philosopher are you?” quiz. Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com Follow this link for Marcus Aurelius my webshop: WWMAD? and Philosopher King
84:45 4/7/21
Archaeobotany with Alexandra Slucky
In this week’s episode, Zofia is joined by archaeobotanist, Alexandra Slucky, who discusses the importance of studying floral remains in archaeological excavations, and how these tiny pieces of the past communicate the connectivity of trade networks and their impact on culture.  Tangents include dysentery in the Middle Ages, the Post-Columbian exchange, rebranding the Silk Road to the vegan-friendly Rhubarb Road, and climate change.Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesFollow this link to beautiful botanicals from the 18th century which inspired the episode art. 
39:31 3/3/21
Sex in the Ancient World with Briana King
This week's episode is Sex in the Ancient World where Zofia is joined by Dr Briana King to discuss how we can understand sexuality in antiquity, how people in the ancient world used erotic art in their daily lives, Spartan wedding rituals and more! Join us as we explore this tantalising and sometimes titillating topic together!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris Sharples
64:24 2/14/21
Announcement for Series 2
Things are changing here at Two Friends Talk History!Carrying on from series 1 in which Zofia and Liam explored the ancient world through stories and interviews, in series 2, Zofia invites new friends to talk history on Two Friends. Guests will continue to delve into global history topics  from new perspectives, share behind the scenes knowledge of working in heritage, history and more!You can still find Liam on his fabulous folklore and spooky stories podcast, International Supernatural! What are you waiting for? Subscribe! Find me on Instagram and Patreon, or my website ArchaeoArtist. Thanks for listening!Credits:Podcast art created by Zofia GuertinMusic created by Christopher Sharples
01:53 2/12/21
Dysfunctional Families: the Anarchy and the Ptolemies
In this week's episode, Liam delves into 'The Anarchy' of 12th century England when Empress Matilda battled her cousin King Stephen for control of the English throne.  Meanwhile, Zofia navigates the twisted tale of some terrible Ptolemies: Cleopatra II, her daughter Cleopatra III and the husband they shared, Ptolemy VIII. The 2nd century BCE ruling dynasty of Egypt known for murders, mayhem, matricides and more!Find us on InstagramSupport us through Patreon Buy our merch on RedbubbleExplore more resources and topics about the ancient world on ArchaeoArtistMusic by the wonderfully talented Chris SharplesIf you'd like to get in touch, email at twofriendstalkhistory@gmail.com
58:00 12/17/20

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