Attention Roman history fans

Indiana Jen, aka Texas Christian University archaeologist Jennifer Lockett, is back this fall with two new podcast courses about the ancient world. She has prepared both courses as “enhanced podcasts,” which means that if you use an MP3 player with a video screen, you can see the visual slides along with the lectures. In addition, you can download the syllabi from iTunes so you can follow along with the course readings.

Persephone, Triptolemos and Demeter, on a marble bas-relief from Eleusis, 440-30 BCE. Image credit.*

Persephone, Triptolemos and Demeter, on a marble bas-relief from Eleusis, 440-30 BCE. Image credit.*

Introduction to Classical Myth (iTunes)
This course looks at the myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome and how they reflected the cultures of the ancient world.  Judging from the first podcast, you’ll hear some classroom interaction with students along with the lectures.

The Ancient City of Rome (iTunes)
This short course (five lectures) explores ancient Rome from its mythological origins to the fall of the Roman Empire. It includes an overview of the physical setting, social customs and archaeology.  Some of the material will be familiar to fans of Lockett’s earlier course, Classical Archaeology (iTunes).

Another great source of lectures on Roman history is the (not free) History of Ancient Rome from the Teaching Company, which has been in the business of recording and selling CDs and DVDs of college courses since the pre-Internet age.  But don’t be put off by the high prices (from $65 for a download to $130 for DVDs).  Many public libraries have this and other Teaching Co. courses on the shelf.   You can get a preview of their material in the Teaching Company podcast (iTunes), which now features a set of lectures on Fact & Fiction in the Da Vinci Code.

Related posts
Archaeologist Isabelle Pafford teaches new course
More Roman history from Isabelle Pafford
More lectures on ancient Rome
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Two views of ancient Rome

*Image credit: Wikipedia. GNU Free Documentation License.
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3 Responses to Attention Roman history fans

  1. Pingback: Podcast lectures on Roman History « ARLT Weblog

  2. Evan Millner says:

    I’m not sure if you are aware of the Latinum project – putting an entire Latin course online in audio. The course has had phenomenal success, considering it is teaching Latin, with over 2 million audio files downloaded since May 2007.
    http://latinum.mypodcast.com

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