About Rob

Who is Rob?  A dreamer.   

Forget Game of Thrones, and all its medieval fantasy lore.  It may be based on the War of the Roses, but there are no dragons and white walkers in the stories I wish to tell.   You want true stories of cities falling, burning towers, and armies that clash?  Dive into the Classics and the histories of Egypt, Greece and Rome.  There are self-satisfied imbecilic know-nothings that believe they know the world and see the Classics as a waste of time. 

General George S. Patton said, “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”

At one time, the world was new, everything was fresh, and by looking into the past we can see “what is then is now.”

I have seen a government clerk display proudly a book of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius as if a lover sent her flowers.  I have seen the rise of black classicists in academia keeping the tradition alive and interpreting it for a new age. I have seen a translator of Sophocles use the tale of Ajax as a teaching lesson for Veterans suffering from PTSD. 

The Classics will teach you how to think. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I know the ancient world was rough.  If disease didn’t get you, war and famine probably would.   Living into old age was an achievement  However, amongst all the tumult and the burning of Troy while armies struggled for dominance,  there were people, philosophers and kings thinking grand thoughts.  They saw the world in how it really was and how it is today.   THAT alone makes the study of the ancient world worthwhile.

Our Mission

This blog and podcast is about ancient society and its influence on modern culture. On the show we interview writers, historians, academics, and the dreamers that use the ancient world as their muse.

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Why Should i listen to this Show?

Because it’s fun and informative. Over 3 million downloads have taken place. We have explored what was its really like living in the ancient world. The show has discussed the fear of running from the armies of Spartacus, the purpose of Roman Triumphs, and the dangers of holding the rank of Emperor. We have done this through interviewing hisotorians and writers.  We have included dramatic narratives that bring you into the action. We have done this through ‘heavily researched’ storytelling.

Subject Matter Experts that appeared on the show:

Steven Saylor, an American author of historical novels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. Saylor’s best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series. His hero is Gordianus, the finder, who solves mysteries in the backdrop of historical events of the Republic.

Natalie Haynes, author and BBC Radio 4 host, of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. Natalie appears twice on the show sharing insights on her books The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, and The Furies.

Dr. Jerry Toner, of Cambridge University, UK, that shares his work The Roman Guide to Slave Management. This is an in-depth painstakingly researched work on slavery in Roman times, mixed with alternating fictional chapters of the advice of a slave owner and his helpful hints for successful slave ownership.

Dr. Joel Christensen, professor of Classical and Early Mediterranean Studies at Brandeis University, whose translation of a 3rd Century poem BATROMYOMACHIA takes us into the world of frogs and mice acting like Homeric Heroes of old. 

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