Ex english majors- you’ve found your new home! This podcast is incredible. It gives you an excellent summary of the work, surprisingly well performed, with in depth analysis and historical context. And then a song about it all. I’ve only listened to a few so far but I will be binge listening to...Read full review »
ReciporKATE via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/19/23
Some of the best educational content on the internet - engaging, thoughtful, well produced, fun, and not too gimmicky (except for the songs, those are kitsch in the best way possible). Just became a Patreon subscriber and couldn’t be more willing to part with my $3/episode.
colinthewolf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/23
Dr. Metzger’s podcast is a singular and most important contribution to literature and history. In a world where academic knowledge is conspicuously silent and people get most of their information from uneducated bloggers, it is a breath of fresh air to get an actual PhD to teach about literature...Read full review »
Crowbar Man via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/23
How could I possibly thank you for this!? Amazing work, extremely well done. Engaging, interesting, I’m learning a ton and I am enraptured. Essentially I am attending university at no cost. I’ll hit you up on patreon but meanwhile, Thank you so much. Highly recommend.
RachyTab via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/26/23
I stumbled across your podcast and had never explored literature in a historical context thanks to your podcast. I am now ravenous for more information and contact you make learning about history and literature, entertaining and crave worthy. Thank you, thank you thank you I am binging every...Read full review »
Circa45 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/19/23
I LOVE history and I LOVE literature. What is there not to love about this podcast? Many of the titles covered i have heard about, some i have read and many that are new to me. The balance of the history and the literature within history is delicate and handled beautifully. If the content matter...Read full review »
JEHSAH via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/25/23
Thank you, Doug! Thank you for your advance organizer on City of God!
Hummingbird 7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/11/23
Thank you so much for such a brilliant podcast. It’s amazing to have access to this level of knowledge given in such an entertaining way. It has lessened my regret of not having done literary studies at university. Happy to support through the bonus episodes.
FroggieLJ via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/09/23
What an awesome podcast. professional and informative. Entertaining The endings are a treat
MGP Terps via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/06/23
This is the most surprising podcast I have ever listened. Music, jokes, an incredible enticing narrator and an awesome academic knowledge of literature and history. I listen chapter after chapter not in a mood of a classics course, but in the dreamlike feeling of a extraordinary narrator and...Read full review »
demenciano via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 02/25/23
The work that must go into each episode is mind blowing. But I am so grateful for your dedication and passion. There is just so much in the world to learn about. Wishing you Mr Multi Talent a wonderful life.
cadylash via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/25/23
WHO IS GIVING ANYTHING LESS THAN A 5/5 - SERIOUSLY WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING?!? Nothing better for anyone who has any interest in literature with historical context. HIGHLY recommended. And Iliad rap battle. I mean, c’MON. Simply the best
Golan Trevize via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/23
This is so good! Will spend probably a year getting through what is posted so far. It is free BUT when you finish an episode you want to find the check-out --this is something I would want to pay for! Worth a donation.
suj Alexandria via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/23
Created with so much love, knowledge, though, creativity, versatile talent, wit, compassion and above all humor & fun. Unbeatable. Thanks Doug for the endless enjoyment and priceless education!
Yulia the Julia via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 02/17/23
Only heard of this in mid-2022 but I’ve listened from episode 1 until about episode 80. It’s the equivalent of moving from a black and white understanding of the ancient world to one of glorious colour. Well done, Doug, and thank you!
Lurky Bhoy via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/20/23
Have been listening to this podcast for a few weeks now, and I find the content superb. The creator manages to lecture on subjects I would normally find somewhat boring in school, in a way that makes me listen to 2-3 episodes at a time. If you are fascinated by classic literature, this is the...Read full review »
Marius of the North via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 01/19/23
Few things make me spontaneously smile like hearing the intro music of this podcast come up unexpectedly in my queue. Doug is rigorous, accessible, and comfortable to listen to, and he’s the first creator whose patreon was an immediate yes for me. I’ve listened to most of the episodes more than...Read full review »
justbeaperson via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/06/23
Everything about it is absolutely amazing
Ez_t_k via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/05/23
Nice job bro
Perth Tiger via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/05/23
If I were sketch an ideal “literature through history” podcast, I would’ve still fallen short of this. Incredibly diverse in topics, researched beyond belief, and constructed with extreme care. Each episode is a work of art! Thanks, thanks, thanks! I’m here for good.
Viking Paul via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/01/23
So glad you are back, and so excited for the new content. The amount of work put into everything, from the music and soundtrack to the transcription and website really sets this podcast aside as a passion project and labor of love.
Acktually via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/30/22
Loving every minute of this show . Our host couldn't be more engaging and entertaining . The perfect complement to my ritual of watching the sunrise each day here in the Florida Keys . I wish there were as many episodes as sunrises . 😂Read full review »
[email protected] via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/23/22
This is a great podcast—engaging, painstakingly researched, and Metzger is not afraid to be earnest, goofy, funny, whatever. The little songs are good fun, and Metzger has an unerring sense of when to emphasize continuities between us and the ancients and when to emphasize our differences.
Big old fish via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/18/22
Learning so much history and literature! Don’t forget to take breaks and read some times!
JoshHistory via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/09/22
Such a great podcast. Worth the listen and definitely worth looking at the website quizzes and bonus content.
bros4HeyZeus via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/05/22
I am always looking for sources of intellectual stimulation as I am retired, living alone, and bored by pop culture. “Literature and History“ is a gift from the gods, females I am sure and, of course, Doug. Thank you for sharing your gifts with me.
Janetellenirwin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/02/22
We call Doug my new boyfriend in my house because I’m obsessed. He’s brilliant beyond measure and these podcasts are the best.
abigail.hillman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/20/22
The song “Rollin’ into Canaan” is genius. Bloody superb. Scholarly exegesis of ancient texts is good, but spitting bars about war donkeys is great (on YouTube.)
Maude The Third via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/18/22
Perfect balance of literary critique and historical perspective - easy enough to understand for history buffs/non lit majors like me. Entertaining and easy listening. Love it!!!
Rica0326 via Apple Podcasts · Singapore · 10/09/22
Doug is a national treasure! Fascinating material and discussion - complete with humor and music. Who du thunk it would be possible? May Doug find the energy and time to continue for years to come. And may he find a supportive audience for his labors!
Pip & Pepsi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/22
Savour this podcast. For the depth and breadth of the subject, I’ve personally not seen better than Literature and History. Even though it says “podcast”, it’s really a university level mega course. A friendly presentation coupled with solid erudition makes this one of my all time favourite...Read full review »
Comicsans12pt via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/23/22
All I can think as I’m listening along to these episodes is “wow we live in an amazing time”. It’s just a huge delight to listen to someone so intelligent and well educated share what they’ve learned. And learnings history through literature is such a great way to understand our past.
codyHTX93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/22
Like having a really great, intelligent, approachable, witty dinner guest for 97 hours. Oh, and he sings for his supper. I am addicted to this podcast.
nikau via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/17/22
These are excellent lectures on ancient literature in its historical context. Impressive scholarship and presentation.
neabinorb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/13/22
I have a literature degree and this podcast beats most of the classes I took. Informative, entertaining, intellectually stimulating- what else do you need?
TozGraecus via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/22
I can't believe the outstanding quality of this podcast. People pay thousands in tuition to get a much more boring version of literature and history. Thank you so much for this!Read full review »
Suc_ker via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/05/22
Can’t say enough good things about this podcast. The best! Deep and wide, impeccably researched, VERY well-told and immensely entertaining. Sober and comedic at the same time. Don’t skip the songs - some of them, such as the epic rap battle between Greek luminaries, are brilliant literature (the...Read full review »
Pelogic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/22
THE most well-presented, thorough, enlightening, and entertaining podcast you'll find anywhere.Read full review »
caconk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/12/22
Doug Metzger's Literature and History is one of the top podcasts out there. I am on Episode 75 and have listened to all of the bonus episodes. I marvel at the clarity with which Doug presents concepts. There is great personal pleausre in learning something that you never had heard before or...Read full review »
GCRitter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/10/22
i was lucky enough that some one posted a recommendation to this podcast. such a well made and interesting podcast. highly recommended!
Dadoism via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/07/22
Doug Metzger requests reviews that rhyme But poetry takes a lot of time… His brilliant podcast Is simply fantast… Ick! An unworthy poet I’m 🤦🏻
Dougorsino via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/16/22
Wonderful. Unique and thorough; very occasionally perfect.
Page^ via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/12/22
Doug metzger is very good at summarizing a source. He talks about not reading that ancient piece of literature through a modern lens and judging it. I agree with this. I wish he would extend that generosity to Christian and Hebrew texts, however, which he appears to read through a modern lens,...Read full review »
anduriliam via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/22
The podcast I didn’t know I needed. Amazingly detailed, intelligent and entertaining. The songs are weird but only add to the charm. I hope he keeps making episodes as this pod is a keeper.
Nonexpertlistener via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/04/22
Quite honestly, this podcast blew me away. Each episode you get: 1. Excellent summary of a work with great narration and production values. 2. General historical context in which the work was created. 3. Background of the author(s) and their possible motivations for creating the work. 4. Snapshot...Read full review »
ChemE Matt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/29/22
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