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How Horrible Were Ancient Prisons? LIVE at SBL 

Season 2: Episode 62
How Horrible Were Ancient Prisons? LIVE at SBL 
Date Aired: 4/15/2024

If you thought everyday life in the first century was disgusting, wait until you step inside a Roman prison. In our very first LIVE episode, we talk with Matthew Larsen, historian of ancient incarceration, about the conditions Paul and other early Christians experienced in ancient prisons—nasty food, nastier smells, and what it meant to be sent off to the mines. 

Listen to the episode on the Biblical Time Machine website or wherever you get your podcasts.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.