The History of Exploration

The History of Exploration

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The History of Exploration Podcast


9 - Polybius on the Trail of the Ancients
May 5, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode, we look at the life of historian Polybius, a mediocre explorer who nonetheless, by virtue of being in the right place at the right time, stood at a pivotal moment in the history of exploration, becoming responsible for uniting the…
8 - Eratosthenes and the Invention of Geography
Feb 25, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode, we take a short step back in time and look at the invention of the academic discipline of geography by Eratosthenes of Cyrene, and the effects which a more ordered understanding of the world had on ancient Mediterranean perceptions of…
7 - Eudoxus of Cyzicus Doesn’t Always Drink Beer, But When He Does…
Jan 7, 2017 • 65 min
Episode 7 - Eudoxus of Cyzicus Doesn’t Always Drink Beer, But When He Does…
6 - Early Hellenistic Exploration with the Pseudo-Skylax
Nov 21, 2016 • 55 min
In this episode, we look at the first decades of Hellenistic exploration in the North, South and West of the Mediterranean, from the northern Caspian sea to south Sudan. We revisit a few previously-mentioned locations, witness the precursors to…
5 - Tylos and the Arabian Coast
Oct 16, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode, we look at the brief and abortive Greek attempts to explore and circumnavitage the Arabian coast, with a particular focus on the island of Tylos, its wonderful flora, and its mysterious people.
4D - The Coast of Gedrosia
Sep 12, 2016 • 52 min
Episode 4D - The Coast of Gedrosia
4C - Into the Indian Ocean
Aug 1, 2016 • 54 min
In this episode, we follow Nearchus and his fleet as they brave the Southeastern monsoon and cope with dwindling water reserves to make their way through the Indus River delta and into the Indian ocean, where they rendezvous with Leonnatus. We also…
4B - Down the Indus River
Jul 3, 2016 • 44 min
Episode 4B - Down the Indus River
4A - Nearchus and Alexander in India
Jun 5, 2016 • 51 min
Episode 4A - Nearchus and Alexander in India
3B - North, to Ultima Thule
May 7, 2016 • 42 min
Episode 3B - North, to Ultima Thule
3A - Pytheas the Massaliot’s Journey to Britain
Apr 17, 2016 • 36 min
Episode 3A - Pytheas the Massaliot’s Journey to Britain
2 - The Voyage of Hanno the Navigator
Mar 29, 2016 • 41 min
In this episode, we explore the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Carthaginian explorer Hanno the Navigator south along the coast of West Africa, and examine the indirect way in which the details about his voyage have come down to us.
1 - Necho II’s Expedition and the Early Mediterranean Explorers
Mar 15, 2016 • 36 min
We begin in 500 BCE in order to set the stage for the coming voyages of the early Mediterranean explorers, as well as take a look at Necho II’s reported expedition to circumnavigate Africa.
0 - Introduction
Mar 14, 2016 • 8 min
I introduce the podcast and the ways in which I will look at exploration throughout history. I also lay out some of the ways in which you can contact me to share your thoughts on improving the podcast.