I've been interested in the history of the Islamic world since taking an intro class in undergrad. I just listened to Dr. Urban's episode of Agnus and found it to be absolutely fascinating. An interesting counterpoint to how I think of slavery (in a knee jerk way) as a white American male. Also an important reminder that the role of women in history can be different than we assume. I don't have a lot of smart discussion at this time, but I am hoping that Dr. Urban might return in the future to illuminate further topics on the history of Islam. In fact, I'd love to hear her discuss the structure of the royal court of the Caliph in the Umayyad vs. the Abbassid dynasties or something similar. Anyone else have interesting topics from the history of Islam that might be good Agnus episodes?
This is not directly related to a specific episode, but I thought this was an appropriate forum to elicit some discussion about a history that I am reading. Has anyone here read SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard? It's been a long time since I've taken a history course or studied anything "classical." I've just started the book and I am finding it to be incredibly well-written in terms of being readable for a lay-person. Easy to digest etc. I can comment more as I read more, but I thought the history buffs in this forum might be tickled to debate the quality and writing style of the book. If I get through this one, I may continue to make a hobby of easing back into the autodidact lazy "pop" version of a classical education.