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Proles of the Round Table

Aug 20, 2019

In the first episode of Ad Vincere Mundi and the first episode in the How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Histomat arc, which deals with the history of Classics as a discipline, Colette breaks down what dialectical and historical materialism are, and then confronts one of the most egregious and poisonous myths about the field: that of classical history as ‘white history’.

Intro Music: Pines of Rome: Pines of the Villa Borghese, by Ottorino Respighi. Riccardo Muti conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Musical Interlude: Ύμνος του Εθνικό Απελευθερωτικό Μέτωπο (Anthem of the Greek National Liberation Front). Maria Dimitriadi, Afroditi Manou.
Outro: Roman Festivals: The Epiphany, by Ottorino Respighi. Sergiu Comissiona conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Sources for today’s episode:
Dialectical and Historical Materialism, Joseph Stalin;
The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World, by GEM de Ste. Croix;
Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, by Cedric Robinson

Recommended further reading:
Peasant-Citizen and Slave, by Ellen Meiksins Wood;
Invention of the White Race, by Theodore W. Allen;
The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations, by Max Weber