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.
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.