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In Our Time

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Society & Culture, History

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

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IOT: The Eunuch 26 Feb 15

February 26th, 2015

Episode 437 of 522 episodes

Eunuchs, castrated men, were a common feature of many civilisations for at least three thousand years, often employed as servants in royal households in the ancient Middle East, China and classical antiquity. In some civilisations they were used as administrators or senior military commanders, sometimes achieving high office. With Karen Radner, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History at University College London; Shaun Tougher, Reader in Ancient History at Cardiff University; and Michael Hoeckelmann, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at King's College London.

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