About This Show
Hosted by freelance journalist and history sleuth, Crystal Ponti, Historium Unearthia is a podcast celebrating history's lost and untold stories… the ones overshadowed by the more memorable and talked about events, people, and "things" from our past. But these are no ordinary stories. These are the weird, the macabre, the unbelievable. The stories that make your heart race and your mind spin. They’re the kind of stories that leave you stunned and amazed and questioning everything you thought you knew about our history. With a heavy dose of narrative storytelling, you'll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time… into the shoes of a slave turned executioner or that you’re right there running alongside the legendary wampahoofus of Vermont as he winds his way through the Green Mountains. If you crave the kind of history no one else is talking about, you'll love Historium Unearthia.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 11: Funeral Games Were Once an Olympics-Style Celebration of Death
Death is a topic that makes most of us uncomfortable. But back in ancient times, some civilizations not only embraced death, they honored the recently deceased with athletic competitions and contests. Have you ever heard of the funeral games? DOWNLOAD NOW Credit: I’d like to give a special thanks to Dave Lunt, a history professor at Southern Utah University who specializes in ancient sports and politics, and Todd Hara, a mortician and co-author of the critically acclaimed books Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt and Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid. Sources: Athletics in the Ancient World; E. Norman Gardiner; Dover Publications; 2002. Iliad book 23; Homer. Gladiators: Violence and Spectacle in Ancient Rome; Roger Dunkle; Amazon Digital Services LLC; September 13, 2013. Aeneid book 5; Publius Vergilius Maro. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, The Dying God; Sir James George Frazer; Macmillan; 1912. The Flaming Arrow of Classical Education: Funeral Games in the Aeneid as Symbol and Hope; David Wright; Circe Institute; August 12, 2013.