The second season of the “Antiquitas: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World” podcast launched Feb. 11 in a new collaboration with the Cornell Broadcast Studios. The season, titled “The Death of Caesar,” will feature interviews with experts who will illuminate the life and death of one of history’s legendary leaders.
The podcast is hosted by Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies in the Departments of History and Classics. He calls Julius Caesar’s history “a great story, with unexpected twists and turns and unforgettable characters.”
Caesar, Strauss said, was the most talented man of his age – and the most dangerous egotist.
“If we want to understand what genius is and why it both attracts and frightens us, we can do no better than study Caesar,” Strauss said. “He was a brilliant writer, statesman and soldier who trampled on the constitutional norms of his country to help the poor and downtrodden – and to make himself dictator.”
The new season will include four episodes:
- “Caesar and Cleopatra,” featuring Durba Ghosh, professor of history and director of the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program;
- “The Assassins: The Men Who Killed Caesar,” featuring Michael Fontaine, professor of classics and associate vice provost for undergraduate education;
- “The Ides of March,” featuring Dr. Francesco Galassi, Flinders University, Australia;
- “Caesar’s Funeral,” featuring Strauss’ research chronicled in his book, “The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination,” as well as the work of Stanford’s Adrienne Mayor.
– Linda Glaser