Since its inception in 2016, Stitt has built an audience of academic and non-academic listeners and found a productive medium to promote Classical history, culture, languages, and the works of Classical authors and academic scholars. With over two million downloads, The History of Ancient Greece podcast serves as a model for how educational podcasts can engage with public audiences.
The scope of the series is to cover Ancient Greek and Hellenistic political, social, and cultural history from prehistory to the Roman conquest. The episodes cover the mythological past of Ancient Greece and move their audience through major events in its recorded history. The podcast will next explore the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and future projects may include walking tours of archaeological sites in Greece and Turkey. Stitt also covers major aspects of Greek culture, daily life, and the Greek achievement to show their influence on history.
Stitt is a self-described ‘enthusiastic amateur’ who studied Classical languages and ancient history at the University of Alabama. After completing some postgraduate work at UCLA, Stitt left the academy for a commission into the United States’ Air Force. He now lives in Dayton, OH.
The History of Ancient Greece podcast offers the public a great variety of entry points into the world of Classics. Recently, Stitt has brought professional classicists on as special guests, introducing and promoting their scholarly work to the general public. These episodes introduce the public to the lively discourse and current debates within academic Classics. Stitt generates further awareness of our field by promoting other podcasts that cover history and the ancient world, through a blog, and through a bibliography of primary and secondary sources hosted on his website, thehistoryofancientgreece.com. Stitt also maintains an active dialogue with his audience on Twitter.
(Citation by Bob Darrah, Committee on Public Information and Media Relations)
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