Bonus Episode: History Collage

16Aug

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Chapter Ninety Seven: Anger and Adrianople

16Aug

Abbritus was bad. This was so so much worse.

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Chapter Ninety Six: The Pagan

9Aug

Julian the Apostate. Julian the Hero or Julian the over-rated chancer? Brave or stupid? I know what I think!

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Chapter Ninety Five: Constantine’s Boys

23Jul

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!

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Chapter Ninety Four: A New Capital

13Jul

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!

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Chapter Ninety Three: Christianity and Rome; the First 300 Years

28Jun

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.

 

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Chapter Ninety Two: Cabbages and Kings

28May

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.

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Chapter Ninety One: Diocletian and Friends

14May

The Tetrarchy: one man's attempt to create an entirely new, entirely workable system. It worked...until he was gone.

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Bonus Episode: History Connections

4May

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it. All feedback very gratefully received.

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Chapter Ninety: A Problem Shared is a Problem Quartered

1May

Diocletian shows the Empire how it's done. At last, the crisis is over.

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Chapter Eighty Nine: Soon We Won’t Need an Army

17Apr

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!

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Chapter Eighty Eight: The Unconquered Restorer of the World

3Apr

One man, five years, unlimited success!

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Chapter Eighty Seven: The Empire Strikes Back

19Mar

Gallienus tries and tries until the army have had enough of him. The man who follows him then has some instant success!

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Chapter Eighty Six: One Empire, Two Empires, Three Empires

5Mar

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.

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Chapter Eighty Five: Swamped

20Feb

The Goths arrive in Roman territory and cause havoc. Decius takes them on in battle. The result is complete disaster.

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Chapter Eighty Four: Barbarians

5Feb

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.

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Chapter Eighty Three: The Enemies Awake

22Jan

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.

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Chapter Eighty Two: The Year of the Six Emperors

8Jan

Chaos reigns...as do six emperors in the space of a few months!

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Bonus Episode: The Severan Julias

29Dec

From the History Collage show on historypodcasters.com, a look at the four Julias who helped rule the Empire during the Severan years.

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Chapter Eighty One: Romans Being Clever - Part Two

25Dec

It's time to celebrate the great literary achievements of the Romans. And, by the way, Merry Christmas to you all.

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Chapter Eighty: The Tragedy of the Last Severan

11Dec

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.

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Chapter Seventy Nine: More Useless Sons

26Nov

Marcus Aurelius had a son who ruined the good work of the dynasty. Septimius Severus had TWO sons. They were no better!

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Chapter Seventy Eight: Famous Last Words

13Nov

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!

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Chapter Seventy Seven: The Highest Bidder… Severed

31Oct

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!

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Chapter Seventy Six: And You Thought Caligula was Nuts!

16Oct

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!

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Chapter Seventy Five: Romans Being Clever, Part One

3Oct

Bridges aqueducts, concrete and a new calendar!

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Chapter Seventy Four: ‘The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius’

16Sep

"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.

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Chapter Seventy Three: Parthians, Plague and Philosophy

2Sep

Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus bring their very different approaches to being emperors. It is surprisingly successful partnership. And then one of them dies!

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eBook Announcement

2Sep

Announcing the new 'History of Ancient Greece' eBook

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Chapter Seventy Two: The Empire at Peace

19Aug

The Golden Age of Rome! Hadrian ensures that the Empire will in safe hands for another forty years.

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Chapter Seventy One: Travels and Walls

22Jul

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.

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One Million Downloads

22Jul

The Myths and History of Greece and Rome has achieved a million downloads. Thanks to everyone for listening!

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Chapter Seventy: Optimus

9Jul

Simply the best!

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Chapter Sixty Nine: The Perils of the Perfectionist

25Jun

There is nothing worse than a micromanager, even if his intentions are good... except an increasingly paranoid micromanager.

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Chapter Sixty Eight: Two Good Flavians and One Big Bang

10Jun

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.

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Chapter Sixty Seven: The Year of the Four Emperors

13May

In 69AD four different men held the highest office in the Roman world... and they weren't sharing!!

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Chapter Sixty Six: From Hero to Nero

29Apr

Power is dangerous in the hands of the very young. The sixteen year-old Nero is given absolute power. Oh dear!

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Chapter Sixty Five: Uncle Claudius

15Apr

Things get a bit weird as the most unlikely candidate becomes emperor. The strangeness continues as he does a surprisingly good job. Shame about the wife, though!

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Chapter Sixty Four: Mr Grumpy and Mr Crazy!

1Apr

The seamless transition is exactly that: seamless! The personal foibles of Augustus's successors, though, make for interesting times!

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Chapter Sixty Three: The Julio-Claudians

18Mar

The succession has been on Augustus's mind from early in his tenure as emperor. Death, misfortune and exile intervene repeatedly as he has to modify his thinking over and over again.

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Chapter Sixty Two: The First Emperor

4Mar

Octavian's political skills dovetail beautifully with the practical and organisation skills of Marcus Agrippa. Bye bye Republic; hello Emperor Augustus Caesar!

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Chapter Sixty One: Antony and Cleopatra

18Feb

Who will come out on top? Will it be Caesar's right hand man or Caesar's adopted heir? And what part will the Eastern Queen play?

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Chapter Sixty: Et Tu Brute

4Feb

They're all there: Et tu Brute; I came, I saw I, conquered, etc etc. Julius Caesar rises like a supernova and then disappears with a bang.

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Chapter Fifty Nine: And Then There Was One

21Jan

The very foundations of the Republic are shaken by three more men: one in particular!

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Chapter Fifty Eight: Ten Men Who Destroyed the Republic

7Jan

The Republic worked when Rome was small and manageable. The conquest of vast tracts of territory, glorious though it was, brought with it hidden dangers. Great men rose and the Republic was too constraining... so they broke it!

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Chapter Fifty Seven: Hannibal

24Dec

The Romans come up against their most formidable opponent yet. The Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca proves to be more than a thorn in their side for many years. Being Romans, though, they learn and adapt and eventually destroy the ancient empire of Carthage.

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Chapter Fifty Six: Myth Becomes History

10Dec

The Roman Republic is founded but its early years are still the stuff of legend. Only after the Gauls sack Rome are we really able to talk about Roman history.

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Chapter Fifty Five: The Seven Kings of Rome

26Nov

Time to meet Romulus and his successors.  The foundation of Rome and the following 250 years are the mythical basis of that great civilisation.  The stories may not be true but they say a lot about the character of Rome and of its people.

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Introducing the History Collage and Scheduling Announcement

23Nov

The History Collage is a project produced by a group of history podcasters.  Each episode has a theme and is made up of short, no longer than nine minute, articles on the topic.  The current theme is 'Unsung Heroes'.  You can hear about my unsung hero on part two of the podcast which was released on 20th November 2013.  Give it a listen.

www.historypodcasters.com

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/history-podcasters-podcast/id741485933?mt=2

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Chapter Fifty Four: The Wrath of Venus

19Nov

Introducing Cupid and Psyche from a Roman perspective.  Also we tell two other tales from Roman Mythology in which Venus plays a prominent role.

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