Welcome to our in-depth podcast about the art, politics, wars, philosophies, and religions of the Renaissance.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Starting in Florence in the 14th century, a new era began to emerge in the West. People like Petrarch, who re-discovered Cicero’s lost letters, and the new humanists - who valued the study of classical antiquity - ushered in a rebirth, or as we know it today, a “renaissance" - in the study of the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and the theatre.
They rediscovered what it meant to be human.
Their interests were not only about how to get to heaven but how to live today. It was the beginning of a new age of humanist thought and discovery. It saw the decline of the feudal system, the growth of commerce, the invention or application of such potentially powerful innovations as paper, printing, the compass, and gunpowder.
Perhaps they agreed with the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras, who said...
"Man is the measure of all things.”
The renaissance period saw the rise, not only of a renewed interest in the past, but of a new generation of artists and thinkers who shaped the new world, like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Machiavelli, Copernicus, Galileo, and Francis Bacon, Luther, Calvin and Christopher Columbus. Gutenberg invented the printing press, which meant books were, for the first time, readily available to the lower classes. Huge battles were fought between popes, kings and wealthy merchants, some of whom became popes and kings. We have the Medici, the Borges, the Visconti and the Sforza.
It was a time when the unknown painter became "the artist". When the unknown builder became "the architect".
This is the story we are telling.
"There will follow a better age. This sleep of forgetfulness will not last for ever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance.”
WHO ARE THESE VOICES IN MY HEAD?
THE AUSSIECameron Reilly was a podcasting pioneer. In 2004 he launched G'Day World, the first Australian podcast ever. He was also the co-founder of The Podcast Network, the world's first podcast network, back in early 2005. He likes reading about history and science, playing chess and cheesy B movies. By day he runs Motherlode, a marketing agency in Brisbane, Australia, and is writing & producing a documentary about early Christianity.
THE YANKRay Harris has a degree in history from James Madison University. He lives in Virginia with his family and lots of snakes, and made his podcasting bones as host of the very popular WWII Podcast. While technically not a midget, at age 50 Ray is still able to get on the children's rides at Disneyland. He drinks his own limoncello.
IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF US BEFOREWe have been working together since 2013 on deep dive history podcasts on Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Alexander the Great, the Cold War and, more recently, our show on the Syrian civil war. Check out The Podcast Network for a list of all of our shows.
HOW DO I LISTEN?
As we've done with out other premium series over the last few years, the first few episodes of this series are free but then you'll need a subscription to listen.