Summary: ANTIQUITAS: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World, tells the stories of the deeds, crimes, miseries, and glories of the great men and women of Greece and Rome (and beyond). Your host is bestselling historian Barry Strauss.
Caesar’s relationship with Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra marked a turning point on the road to the Ides of March. Join me and historian Durba Ghosh for a lively conversation.
Would you die for dignity? Julius Caesar unleashed a civil war for it, and tens of thousands of Romans followed him into blood and destruction.
Would you die for freedom? Learn how Spartacus and 70+ gladiators set Italy ablaze in their quest for liberty…and for revenge.
Would you die for a leader who seemed to be Mars himself: the god of war come down to earth? That was the question for the followers of Hannibal.
Would you die for a dream? If the dreamer were Alexander the Great, you might.
Would you die for democracy? That’s what Pericles of Athens asked his countrymen to do in 430 BC in the most famous Funeral Speech until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He and Aspasia were the first power couple in the history of democracy.
What would you do if you had to die to save your country? Leonidas and 300 Spartans answered that question at the Battle of the Hot Gates – Thermopylae, 480 BC.
Would you die for the most beautiful woman in the world? She was Helen of Troy and this is her story – and that of the Greeks and Trojans who fought over her.
What would you be willing to die for? For glory? The West’s first great hero, Achilles, was — this is his story.