CWW: The Ark of Deucalion

December 30, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today, we are going to discuss creation myths. See if you can guess this man: after being warned about a deadly flood, he builds a mighty ark and escapes the ensuing deluge. If you guessed the biblical Noah, then you are only half wrong. Listen to today’s show to learn about Deucalion, a man who might have been the Greek Noah. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:58 — 6.4MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

Stephen F. Knott – Washington and Hamilton

December 28, 2015 – Today, we’re joined by Stephen F. Knott, who along with co-author Tony Williams brings us Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s relationship has gotten renewed attention since the smash Broadway musical, ending almost 200 years of being overlooked. From the early days of the Revolutionary War on the hills of Rutgers University — where Hamilton’s artillery covered Washington’s retreat from New York City — to victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress and the first presidential administration, Washington and Hamilton had an often difficult, father-son relationship. But one that left a legacy that sustains America, even now into the 21st Century. Mr. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. You can follow him on Twitter @Publius57, and find his co-author Tony Williams @TWilliamsAuthor. Mr. Williams is a history teacher at the Bill of Rights Institute, as well as the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute and the author of four previous books.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:47 — 41.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

Amanda Read – Why December 25th for Christmas?

December 25, 2015 – Traditionally, December 25th has been celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. But a variety of historic factors and scholarly discoveries indicate that He was not actually born on that date. Since this isn’t really news, just how did most of the Christian world settle on this date for the big celebration? Amanda Read digs deep into the reason for the season in a special episode brought to you by Luke Historians. You can read more about how Christianity came to peg the birth of the Messiah on this date at LukeHistorians.com: What does Christ have to do with Christmas Day? Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas!   Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:43 — 7.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

CWW: The Battle of Arginusae

December 23, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today, we are going to relive one of the most epic sea battles from the classical world. It was, at the time, the largest sea battle to every take place between ancient navies. It was the battle of Arginusae. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:06 — 6.5MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

Barry Strauss – The Death of Caesar

December 21, 2015 – Today we sit down with Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University. A leading expert on ancient military history who counts Mel Brooks as his greatest living inspiration, he has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at BarryStrauss.com. Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:10 — 32.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Barry Strauss, Why Murder Caesar?

December 18, 2015 – Today, author Barry Strauss explores the political, military, and social motivations behind history’s most famous murder. Mr. Strauss is professor of history and classics at Cornell University, and a leading expert on ancient military history. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at BarryStrauss.com. And don’t miss our full interview on his book, The Death of Caesar, when we upload it on December 21, 2015. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:43 — 5.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

CWW: Pythagoras and the Revolution of Mathematics

December 16, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today we are visiting with a unique character from classical history. He was a philosopher, mathematician, he might have been a cult leader, he also is the man responsible for creating one of your favorite theorems that you learned in high school algebra. He is the very interesting Pythagoras. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:36 — 6.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Chris Mullins, Sr.
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December 14, 2015 – Ma and Pa McGillin opened the door to their home in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency and just after the Liberty Bell cracked. As the decades passed, their tavern endured, tucked away in an alley, as if hiding from old Father Time. Originally called The Bell in Hand, McGillin’s has survived wars, economic panics, challenges from upstart chain restaurants and <shudder> Prohibition. Visit McGillins.com to do some serious time traveling with dozens of news articles, follow the tavern @McGillins on Twitter or like it at Facebook.com/McGillins. And plan to pull up a stool as we spend an afternoon in the City of Brotherly Love, 1860 style… Podcast: Download (Duration: 36:11 — 33.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Dianne Hales – Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

December 11, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, author Dianne Hales reveals the woman immortalized by the great master, Leonardo Da Vinci. Everybody remembers Mona Lisa’s smile, and has seen her face, but no one knew her full story — until now. You can find Dianne Hales on Twitter @DMHales, at Facebook.com/MonaLisaALifeDiscovered, or by visiting MonaLisaBook.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:44 — 6.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

CWW: Aspasia of Miletus

December 9, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today we are discussing one of the most remarkable women to ever come out of the classical age. She had a knack for rhetoric, a taste for philosophy, and a keen interest in politics. She was Aspasia of Miletus. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:46 — 8.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More