Justinian sends his best general, the great Belisarius, to North Africa to evict the Vandals. If successful he will plough on and have a go at the big one: the reconquest of Rome.
Jan 17th, 2016 by mythandhistory
Justin is the Emperor but he's not really in charge. His nephew, Peter Sabbatius, gains a new name and a lot of power. Not only that, Peter has the ambition and drive to exercise his power.
The Eastern Empire is healthy and flourishing but the Western Empire is gone. It's time to reflect on the reasons why.
Dec 13th, 2015 by mythandhistory
The fact that the Roman Empire used to contain a city called Rome quickly becomes a distant memory. Constantinople has its own problems. Stability is provided by an old man who proves that age is no barrier to imperial success.
Rome may have fallen but it's not taking this podcast with it. The Eastern Empire is still going strong but will undergo major changes, making our histories of Greece and Rome merge into one.
And so Rome falls. The inevitability is clear but the shock is still remarkable. On the other hand life continues as normal.
Nov 1st, 2015 by mythandhistory
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Barbarian generals and emperors battle for control of the Empire while other barbarians annex large parts of it. The countdown towards the fall of Rome gathers pace.
And so we reach the beginning of the end. The signs have been there since the death of Theodosius the Great but now everyone can see them, including a certain very famous barbarian king!
Chapters will now be released on Sunday afternoons instead of Thursdays.
It is the turn of Carthage to get a good sacking and this time the perpetrators are so efficient that they had the whole concept named after them! Worse than that, the ancient city is lost to the Empire as it is occupied by the barbarians.
Sep 17th, 2015 by mythandhistory
...but it's not just a rumour. The unthinkable has happened.
The fall-out from Adrianople is severe and long lasting; too much for a teenager. Fortunately Gratian has a plan.
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Abbritus was bad. This was so so much worse.
Julian the Apostate. Julian the Hero or Julian the over-rated chancer? Brave or stupid? I know what I think!
The three surviving sons of Constantine the Great take over stewardship of the Roman Empire. Only one of them shows any semblance of being a chip off the old block!
Constantine the Great is one of the few people in history who genuinely changed the world. His achievements are many and varied but he also had a dark side!
Christianity and the Roman Empire are inextricably linked. Before Constantine, though, the relationship had been a bit rocky.In this chapter we look at the early interactions between the Empire and the Christians.
The Tetrarchy was a lovely idea. It worked so very well when Diocletian was in charge. When he was gone, though, self interest trumped duty. Civil wars ensued: lots of them.
The Tetrarchy: one man's attempt to create an entirely new, entirely workable system. It worked...until he was gone.
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May 1st, 2015 by mythandhistory
Diocletian shows the Empire how it's done. At last, the crisis is over.
Stupidity reigns in a resurgent Empire. Senior officers in the army, seemingly not content with the dramatic improvement, proceed to shoot Rome in the foot... twice!
One man, five years, unlimited success!
Gallienus tries and tries until the army have had enough of him. The man who follows him then has some instant success!
Mar 5th, 2015 by mythandhistory
If you thought Decius's fate was bad then wait until you hear what happens to Valerian. Gallienus battles on against overwhelming odds after his father is removed from the equation.
The Goths arrive in Roman territory and cause havoc. Decius takes them on in battle. The result is complete disaster.
Incursions by barbarian tribes had been a constant but manageable irritation to the Romans before the current crisis. Some new ones, though, are about to get a whole lot more troublesome.
The Sassanids recognise that the Empire is in chaos and take the opportunity to attack. Gordian III travels east to see the finale but then bad things happen.
Chaos reigns...as do six emperors in the space of a few months!
From the History Collage show on historypodcasters.com, a look at the four Julias who helped rule the Empire during the Severan years.
Dec 25th, 2014 by mythandhistory
It's time to celebrate the great literary achievements of the Romans. And, by the way, Merry Christmas to you all.
Alexander Severus was a very nice young man. His mother was politically astute and determined that her son would be an excellent emperor. If only the times had been different.
Marcus Aurelius had a son who ruined the good work of the dynasty. Septimius Severus had TWO sons. They were no better!
Lucius Septimius Severus was energetic, capable and focussed on running a fair and stable empire. Unfortunately he was also rather too keen on warfare and totally incapable of managing his highly dysfunctional family!
Oct 31st, 2014 by mythandhistory
In the year 193AD five men separately lay claim to the top job in Rome. After the best candidate is treacherously let down by the Praetorian Guard, the next man buys the throne from them. The Praetorians, though, are about to discover that their luck has run out!
Oct 16th, 2014 by mythandhistory
Poor Marcus Aurelius. Having spent most of his reign fighting the barbarians he dies when the job is just about complete... and his primary legacy is his unhinged son!
Oct 3rd, 2014 by mythandhistory
Bridges aqueducts, concrete and a new calendar!
Sep 16th, 2014 by mythandhistory
"Don't waste time wondering what a good man is: be one." Marcus Aurelius's thoughts on how to live virtuously have stood the test of time.
Sep 2nd, 2014 by mythandhistory
Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus bring their very different approaches to being emperors. It is surprisingly successful partnership. And then one of them dies!
Announcing the new 'History of Ancient Greece' eBook
The Golden Age of Rome! Hadrian ensures that the Empire will in safe hands for another forty years.
Trajan's successor could not be more different from the great man. In his own way, though, he turns out to be just as impressive.
The Myths and History of Greece and Rome has achieved a million downloads. Thanks to everyone for listening!
Jun 25th, 2014 by mythandhistory
There is nothing worse than a micromanager, even if his intentions are good... except an increasingly paranoid micromanager.
Jun 10th, 2014 by mythandhistory
Vespasian and his son get to grips with running a huge Empire. Meanwhile Mount Vesuvius gets to grips with the Bay of Naples and a couple of towns which are now very famous indeed.
May 13th, 2014 by mythandhistory
In 69AD four different men held the highest office in the Roman world... and they weren't sharing!!
Power is dangerous in the hands of the very young. The sixteen year-old Nero is given absolute power. Oh dear!