The Buddha and His World

Tides of History | 7 March 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Patrick Wyman discusses the life and times of The Buddha – born Siddartha Gautama. Considers what we can know about the Buddha’s world and how it shaped him and his message.

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Confucius and His Age

Tides of History | 25 January 2024 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Patrick Wyman discusses the life and times of Confucius, one of the most famous and influential thinkers in all of human history. Covers who he was, what he believed, what he taught, and how his time and place – the closing years of the Spring and Autumn period – made him what he was.

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Peter Sarris on Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint

Tides of History | 23 November 2023 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Sarris about his book Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint. Assesses the life, times and legacy of Justinian, the 6C Roman Emperor. Discusses his programme of imperial renewal; his overhaul of Roman law, reconquest of lost territories, and encouragement of Christianity – all advanced against a backdrop of geopolitical threats, climate change, and plague.

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Alex Knodell on Greece after the Bronze Age Collapse

Tides of History | 26 January | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Knodell discussing what happened after the Bronze Age Collapse and the end of the palaces that had defined Mycenaean Greece. Draws from his book Societies in Transition in Early Greece: An Archaeological History.

 

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Duncan Weldon on Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through

Tides of History | 9 September 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Duncan Weldon about his book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The Surprising Story of Britain’s Economy from Boom to Bust and Back Again. Discusses the Industrial Revolution, why it started in Britain, and the trajectory of the British economy over the past two centuries.

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Ancient DNA, Indo-Europeans, and the Steppe: Interview with David Anthony

Tides of History | 24 June 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Anthony discussing the Yamnaya and the prehistoric steppe, what ancient DNA can tell us about these past societies, and why they still matter 5000 years later. Draws on his magisterial book The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World and updates for the progress since made with ancient DNA.

If you like this you might like to also listen to David Anthony: The Origin of Indo-Europeans.

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