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Ancient Rome Refocused

A podcast on Ancient Rome and its influence on modern culture.

Last Build Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:07:32 GMT

Copyright: Rob Cain 2010

"It's Good to be Queen.""It's Good to be Queen."

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:08:22 GMT

Zenobia, an original musical written by Bolingbrook’s Lorrisa Julianus and composed by Angela Salvaggione of Joliet. Rob interviews Lorrisa who played the lead and Craig Engel, the director. This production premiered at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center. The show, which starred Julianus as the title character, is based on the real life of the warrior Queen of Palmyra (a metropolitan oasis in ancient Syria). In the story, a slave girl, torn between her vigilante master and the prince of Syria, is catapulted to royalty and threatens Rome’s terrifying emperor—her unknowing father.

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"My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio.""My Marine Expeditionary Unit can beat your Roman Legio."

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 02:38:25 GMT

Rob Cain interviews James Erwin the author of a story on REDIT that was purchased by a movie company. He also brings in Gunny Sergeant (Retired) "Red" Millis [a real Marine, of course...) as a subject matter expert (SME). Both men address the burning question, "Can a MEU bring down the Roman Empire?" "Red" tells us about the CLASH OF IRON experience. This is an immersion history into the life of a Roman soldier or Celt. Want to know what is it like? LIVE IT! Also featured are the voice talents of Roy Kelly who provides voice over talent to Erwin's ROME SWEET ROME. He can be reached at

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"Venus and Imaginative Archaeology""Venus and Imaginative Archaeology"

Tue, 28 May 2013 02:08:06 GMT

In the opening dramatic narrative we follow a statue of Venus as it moves through time. The voice of Venus is provided by the talented Nancy Cain. We then explore alternate histories of Ancient Rome with the host and creator of Twilight Histories - Jordan Harbour. Then the show concludes with a book review of "A Guide to Archaeological Field Methods" with commentary by the archaeologist and historian William Glover.

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"Who is James A. Bretney?""Who is James A. Bretney?"

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:57:40 GMT

James A. Bretney, film director has put together a TV pilot about the Roman Governor Creticus ("The Man of Chalk.") How far is the Hollywood of the now, different from acting in the ancient world? This episode has interviews with actors: Michael Kripchak, Greyson Lewis and Michelle Stratton. There is an interview with Cody Garcia, film editor and philosopher. Mr. Cain interviews James A. Bretney (veteran) on his journey from war to the world of his imagination. Find out how to make a TV pilot. Universal Empire: The Story of Creticus can be found on FaceBook. This podcast features the music of Danny Cudd and Markus Johansson. Their piece ONCE AGAIN is played by hang drums. You can hear more of their music by going to Included in this episode is Professor Art Lynch discussing the movie business, the art of the ancient stage, and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). A comparison is made between Rocius the actor, Archibald A. Leech (Cary Grant), and James A. Bretney. In this episode Rob and Nancy Cain perform a dramatic narrative of a Roman couple going to the theater to see the great Roman actor Quintus Roscius Gallus. The soldier has been away for six long years and doubts his wife's fidelity. She doubts his fidelity as well. Can a night at the theater change everything? Has the years changed him? Can she put aside her love for the great Quintus Roscius Gallus?

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"The Time Cafe Commercial""The Time Cafe Commercial"

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:26:25 GMT

What if Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Paris of Troy, and the last Emperor of Rome Romulus Augustus all met for a tea party along the River Time? What would they say to each other? The script will be posted by pdf and on facebook.

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"Nothing New Under the Sun. Get Over it.""Nothing New Under the Sun. Get Over it."

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:54:58 GMT

The episode starts with a modern version of the Aeneid. Please forgive me, Virgil. Annie meets a guy visiting from overseas and conspires to keep him in Chicago so she can work her charms on him. It's a 'chicklit' with the makings of a great 'chick movie.' Do you hear that SONY PICTURES? Mr. Cain then interviews Natalie Haynes who has written the book THE ANCIENT GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE. How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived? Whether political, cultural, or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds. Whether it’s the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of the hit HBO series, The Wire, or that of Oedipus; the popular enthusiasm for the Emperor Titus or President Obama – over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago. It’s time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria. This is a book with a serious point to make but the author isn’t just a classicist but a comedian and broadcaster who has made television and radio documentaries about humour, education and Dorothy Parker. This is a book for us all, not for an elite. The show concludes with a plug for the podcast: TWILIGHT HISTORIES by Jordan Harbour. "Listen to the extraordinary podcast: ROME INDUSTRIAL.

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"A Caesar By Any Other Name is Still a Caesar.""A Caesar By Any Other Name is Still a Caesar."

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:52:43 GMT

Mr. Cain travels back to the time of Alaric the Visitgoth and his sack of Rome. Was he tempted to take the imperial purple? He has a rant about modern day Neros and the symbols of empire. After he calms down he interviews Mark Schauss of the podcast RUSSIAN RULERS HISTORY. Mr. Schauss makes connections between the Czars and the Caesars. The show concludes with listener call-ins and we hear from the Archaeologist William Glover who talks about the Ninth Legion.

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"Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?""Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?"

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:57:27 GMT

Mr. Cain goes back to Ancient Troy and we join Aeneas as he flees the city guided by the goddess Aphrodite. Eric Shanower the writer and illustrator of the graphic novels THE AGE OF BRONZE is interviewed. Yes, Brad Pitt is discussed and the movie Troy.

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"Washington Wore a Toga.""Washington Wore a Toga."

Mon, 30 May 2011 22:30:24 GMT

A study of the Founding Fathers and how they were influenced by the classics. Mr. Cain interviews Dr. Carl J. Richard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who wrote the book, "Why We're All Romans."

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"I'm the Emperor, and You're Not.""I'm the Emperor, and You're Not."

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:02:03 GMT

Title - "I'm the Emperor and You're Not." A look at a boy who visits a soothsayer and is foretold of his rise to the emperorship of Rome. A review of the cancelled NBC show KINGS, and a comparison of what it means to be part of the imperial family. The listener then travels back in time (in Mr. Cain's time machine) to interview for the position of emperor. This is the last episode of Season One. The show will return in March.

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"The 24th Shitkickers Were Never the Same After The Peloponese""The 24th Shitkickers Were Never the Same After The Peloponese"

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:29:22 GMT

An exploration of the play AJAX by Sophocles. An interview with Bryan Doerries, director and translator for the THEATER OF WAR. Were ancient Greek plays a form of healing for a city at war?

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Episode 4 - Ancient Rome RefocusedEpisode 4 - Ancient Rome Refocused

Sun, 30 May 2010 11:10:40 GMT

Title: "Save Me a Seat at the Triumph, and Let's Throw a Cabbage at the Gaul." A study of the Roman Triumph, its purpose and modern equivalents. The episode starts with a reading from Steven Saylor's book 'The Triumph of Caesar' and includes an interview with the author.

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"Stay for the Servile Wars or visit Mother in Sperlonga.""Stay for the Servile Wars or visit Mother in Sperlonga."

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:33:12 GMT

A study of Spartacus. Was he a hero or a brigand? Why did Spartacus turn back from the Alps?

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"What have the Romans ever done for us?""What have the Romans ever done for us?"

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:30:56 GMT

An introduction to season 1 of the series Ancient Rome Refocused.

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