In 430 BCE, a plague swept through ancient Athens, killing thousands. It eventually claimed even the great Pericles. But what was it? In 1994, a group of historians and scientists banded together to find out, starting with the skull of one little girl.
Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. (available online at http://classics.mit.edu/Thucydides/pelopwar.html or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7142)
Allison McCook. "Q&A: Facing the past: Manolis Papagrigorakis." Scientific American Nature 471, no. 35 (03 March 2011): 35.
Charles Alexander Robinson. Athens in the Age of Pericles. University of Oklahoma Press, 1959.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
And It Cried 'Here! Here! Here!': King Edmund's Martyrdom by Vikings and the Miraculous Talking Head
From Marie Antoinette's fake peasant village to Robespierre's botched suicide, the French Revolution is full of fascinating stories that are often omitted from textbooks. Join Nathan and Christine for Part I of a two-part countdown of their favorite stories and events from this vibrant period.
Podcasters: Christine and Nathan
Moorehead, Caroline. Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour de Pin, Eyewitness to an Era. Harper Collins, 2009.
Hibbert, Christopher. The Days of the French Revolution. HarperCollins, 2002.
Simon Schama. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. Random House, 1989.
Caroline Weber. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution. Picador, 2006.
*CORRECTION*: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were deposed in September 1792, not November, as we said in the podcast.
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