July 20, 2021

EP. 222 — What Were The Very First Olympics Like? with Professors Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen

On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, we’re kicking off our competition coverage with an epic conversation about the ancient Olympics. Professors Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen join Jonathan to discuss these early athletic competitions and what they reveal about ancient Greek and Roman politics, religions, gender roles, and more.

After you listen, make sure to check out Dr. Bond’s first appearance on the show: Would I Have Been The Toast Of The Ancient Mediterranean?

Sarah E. Bond is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, was published with the University of Michigan Press in 2016. Follow her on Twitter @SarahEBond.

Joel Christensen is Professor and Chair of Classical Studies and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Brandeis University. He also runs the blog sententiaeantiquae.com and the associated Ancient Greek and Roman (and Cats) Twitter account @sentantiq. He has published introductory books on Homer with Elton T. E. Barker (Beginner’s Guide to Homer, One World, 2013) and Erik Robinson (A Commentary on the Homeric Battle of Frogs and Mice, Bloomsbury, 2018) and recently completed The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic with Cornell University Press (2020).

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Professors Sarah Bond and Joel Christensen JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Professors Sarah Bond and Joel Christensen, where I ask them: What were the very first Olympics like? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. We have such an exciting episode today because we have not one but two experts who are literal historical geniuses. Welcome back to Getting Curious, Dr. Sarah Bond, who is an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa. For any of our listeners, you may remember us learning about some incredible Mediterranean drinking cultures with Sarah earlier in the year. And then Joel Christensen, who is our first time guest on Getting Curious, is professor and chair in the Department of Classical Studies at Brand

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