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The Dirt with Dr. Dave
28 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
#6 - Part 2: Getting Your Kicks on Ancient Roman Road 66
We continue our journey down the ancient Roman Roads of Asia Minor. Learn how Roman engineers constructed their highways, and hear our comments from the field as we drive and hike along a stretch of the ancient road near Assos in modern Turkey. We'll also follow along with a team of archaeologists as they use a drone to map a section of the ancient road to assist scholars.
26 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
#5 - Getting Your Kicks on Ancient Roman Road 66
In Part 1 of 2 we discover how ancient Romans built an empire-wide network of roads and way stations. In this episode we examine the historical background of the world's longest-lasting highway system extending from Britain to Egypt.
33 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Ep. 4 - How Ancient Myths Make Marvelous Movies
Tellers of stories in the ancient world did not see their tales as untrue. rather, ancient myths reflect the beliefs and values of their cultures. Join Dr. Dave as he unravels the meaning and purpose of ancient myths, and discover how the structure of these ancient stories still drives the block-buster hits that come from Hollywood today.
28 minutes | May 19, 2019
Ep. 3 - A New Twist to Humanity's Oldest Story: The Epic of Gilgamesh
In 2011 a new tablet relating to the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh came to light in Iraq. The story adds important details to the oldest literary tale in human history, a story that dates back over 4000 years. Journey into ancient Mesopotamia and meet Gilgamesh, King of Uruk as he encounters a hairy wild man named Enkidu who becomes his closest friend and companion. Follow the pair into the Cedar Forest where civilization confronts the pristine wilderness. Hear what the ancients said about the battle between the natural world and civilization's ravages.
37 minutes | May 1, 2019
Ep. 2 - Climbing Closer to God: The Stylite Monks of Ancient Cilicia
Episode 2 - The fifth century of the Byzantine Period witnessed a new movement near Antioch in Syria that included Christian ascetics who sought to isolate themselves atop stop pillars. Beginning with Simeon Stylites the movement spread northward into Asia Minor. Isolation became ever harder as the faithful, even the Roman Emperor himself, sought the monks' advice and wisdom. I speak with Dr. Daniel Browning, Jr. regarding his recent research across the area of Rough Cilicia in Turkey as he tracks the remains of these fascinating Church Fathers. Get The Dirt on these outrageous column-sitting monks who lived out their years high above the "sins of the world." The Dirt with Dr Dave
19 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
Ep. 1 - Signing Your Signature in the Ancient World
Episode 1 - Dig into the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East with archaeologist David Maltsberger and examine two new discoveries from Jerusalem's City of David. Sifting through the ruins on Babylon's destruction of the city in 586 BCE, we'll uncover the dirt on two small inscriptions that reveal how all sorts of business and personal documents were sealed and authenticated in the days of the kings of Judah. Check us out at www.thedirtwithdrdave.com
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