A quick plug for a podcast organised by Richard Flower at Exeter, in which I waffle about ancient and modern historiography for half an hour or so. A slightly painful reminder that when I produce my own podcasts, I tend to edit out the really long pauses and so manage to sound far more articulate, and rather less like a baritone Kenneth Williams, than I actually am in real life.
It gets wackier at about 23’45” – and, yes, you can skip ahead very easily – when Richard drops the sensible questions and asks what in antiquity I would like to experience (boring answer: drop in to visit Thucydides, to find out if he did actually finish his work, or if his daughter did, and even see if I can grab a copy), and what I would want to change about the ancient world (setting aside the possibility of just making everyone nicer and less exploitative, then I’d like to save Plataea. Not sure why, as it wouldn’t in my opinion have made the slightest difference to the course of the war, but I have always felt terribly sorry for the Plataeans…). And a final question: would we have wanted the Athenians to win the Peloponnesian War?