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The History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan

The History of Rome Podcast

by Mike Duncan

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After five years of podcasting The History of Rome Podcast, host Mike Duncan has completed the entire history of the rise and fall of the Rome. In his 179th and final episode he talks about the journeys through Roman history that he has taken in the podcast. This podcast is one of the most highly rated podcasts on our site with many glowing reviews. All 179 podcast episodes are up on the feed. Get hooked on the history of Rome!


The History of Rome Podcast is a chronological attempt to trace the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Starting with Rome's founding by the mythical twins Romulus and Remus, this series hosted by Mike Duncan is an ongoing account of the people and events that shaped the western world. A must for any student of history and an invaluable resource for anyone that needs a ground level survey of the Roman Republic.


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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending (someday) with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.


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Fascinating and entrancing
Reviewer andyashton
 July 09, 2012
1. Mike Duncan's delivery soothing and relaxing, and yet holds the attention rapt. I love his voice and the strage juxtaposition of his American accent with Roman names.
2. His descriptions, put in a modern idiom, of the problems the Romans faced bring it all to life.
3. He interweaves the military, the political and the economic forces at work in Rome to describe the motivations of the leaders.
4. the History of Rome is a rattling good tale!

I now look forward to long jourenys in the car. Every episode is a delight. Makes AHOW sound like Steven Hawking reading out the phone book.

love this show
Reviewer Roena
 May 23, 2012
I'm about 1/3 of the way thru and love it. I can never get the url for the website though--it's read too fast for me to catch the word that comes before dot-com.

Great History
Reviewer gregmcd0606
 November 28, 2011
1.) Mike Duncan is fun to listen to.
2.) the history of Rome is fantastic. I discovered HoR podcast when Mike was at about #90 or so. I listened almost full-time and was very disappointed because I thought he had stopped. I went back online and found the next series of installments and have been totally hooked since. If you never liked Roman history, but thought it was something you should know (like me) then this is the greatest way to get it.

Thanks Mike!!

Who knew?
Reviewer quinnibuck
 April 25, 2011
This podcast has kept me fascinated for days. I find I look forward to listening to "The History of Rome" much more that watching T.V (Yes...even N.C.I.S). Michael Duncan does a wonderful job using humor and knowledge to make this a memorable experience.

comment about the "death" of Latin
Reviewer figari65
 February 14, 2011
I just finished listening to episode 91 (April 2010). You were reading comments from listeners.
One question was when did Latin die out?

Latin is not dead. At several universities in Rome you can still take exams in Latin.

The last native speaker of Latin was the French writer Montaigne 1533-1592). His dad made him become a native speaker of Latin by speaking on Latin to him and having servants from all over Europe, therefore forcing them to use Latin with each other.

Roman History Fans Rejoice...Standard Setting Podcast
Reviewer sosa__98
 August 27, 2010
Mike Duncan provides and informative and entertaining look at one of the great epochs of the Western World.

The History of Rome
Reviewer hhopson
 May 15, 2010
This is podcast is a must for those who are interested in Roman history. It is well chronicled, chocked with interesting anedotes, and the reader provides perfect cadents for reading.

One of the best definitely my favorite
Reviewer Benkim316
 April 21, 2010
Compelling and well paced. Mr. History of Rome makes listening to this subject an absolute treat. He says in one of his podcasts that, and I'm paraphrasing, he is attempting to summarize many of the mind numbing details that you and I might have to go through to really get a sense of this era.

Truly Mike if you read these reviews you should ask an actual producer to put these in a large audiobook I will be in line to buy my copy.

Bk.

Archives
Reviewer Radcontra
 February 12, 2010
I love this podcast. But, is there an archive of the episodes before #43?

Gold Star Podcast
Reviewer Genes9
 January 06, 2010
Outstanding. The Gold Star of historical podcasts.
Informative and entertaining with a modern perspective.

Nicely crafted
Reviewer CalPatrick
 January 02, 2010
Nicely crafted and good as far as it goes. My only criticism is that I didn't feel that he has as much insight into the mindset of the ancients as he might. Try professor Pafford's lectures at UC Berkeley, (available on Itunes) for a little better insight into the beliefs of polytheists and a better sense for ancient culture.

Great podcast
Reviewer Gallego
 July 02, 2009
Awesome work the one you are doing with this podcast. It is a tough job to summarize all the sources in a 25 minutes episode. Congratulations.

Outstanding Podcast
Reviewer rheumdoc
 May 13, 2009
The best podcast I have ever heard! Mike Duncan's discussion of Roman history is wonderful and he makes it fun. I look forward to every installment.

To Mike: I would have no problem listening to a brief advertisement if that will help you keep doing what you do! I would also love to hear more about daily life of an average Roman ie art, poetry, what they did for fun, foods, dress etc,

Highly Recommended (and take the Audible.com offer, Mike)
Reviewer clayyearsley
 May 12, 2009
The History of Rome is what podcasting was invented for. It's highly informative and presented in weekly editions of 30 minutes or less. The presenter is easy to listen to and entertaining.

To Mike - Take the Audible.com offer. I'm not turned off by their advertisement - especially since you'll be reading it. You'll end up with a ratio of like 40 to 1 podcast vs. ad. That's way better than TV or radio. Plus it should help you offset your costs - making it more likely you'll keep it up. That's good for listeners.

Audio.com Offer
Reviewer TerriZ
 May 05, 2009
Take the plunge! Other podcasts I listen to have short advertising bits, and they do not bother me at all. I actually like it when the podcaster recommends a book to listen to from audio.com. I don't actually listen to the books, but I do check them out from the library if the topic interests me.

Mike Duncan would make Plutarch proud
Reviewer Epictetus
 May 05, 2009
Excellent, thorough, informative, enjoyable, personable and relevant. One of the best podcasts around.

Take the deal with Audible. Sure the ads are grating and there is the risk of playing to the lowest common denominator as you get pressured into the Audible ratings game.

But what would Caesar do when there were funds on offer to achieve his goals? At least you won't be proscribing anyone. Yet.

Alternatives? How about sponsorship from the Italian Consulate's Cultural Affairs department? American University in Rome? Barilla Pasta?

awesome cast
Reviewer tiny333
 May 04, 2009
wonderful podcast

i recommend taking audio up on their offer...both my other fav casts
have done...ie Dan carlin and astronomy cast and it does no harm they read a very quick bit out at the front and thats it

the amount of work you do on this cast deserves a little remuneration

thanks 4 the great pod cast

xxx

Excellent
Reviewer theskypro
 May 02, 2009
I have really enjoyed this podcast. It is informative and well presented. Like a good book you just don't want to end.

Excellent
Reviewer dknadler
 October 03, 2008
Mr. Duncan does a tremendous job over the entire series of this podcast. Easily one of the best podcasts available on this site. His presentation of the material is entertaining and informative. I reallly hope he continues this most excellent series -- unfortunately it appears that may not be the case. Highly recommended.

Excellent
Reviewer dknadler
 October 03, 2008
Mr. Duncan does a tremendous job over the entire series of this podcast. Easily one of the best podcasts available on this site. His presentation of the material is entertaining and informative. I reallly hope he continues this most excellent series -- unfortunately it appears that may not be the case. Highly recommended.

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Revolutions Launch

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Sep 16, 2013


Available at revolutionspodcast.com, iTunes, or anywhere else fine podcasts can be found.



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Update- One Year Later

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, May 30, 2013


Next show coming soon!



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179- The End

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, May 06, 2012


The history of The History of Rome...Why the Western Empire Fell when it did...Some thoughts on the future...Thank you, goodnight.  



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178- Not With A Bang But A Whimper

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 30, 2012


In the last few years of the Western Empire a series of Emperors came and went. The cycle finally ended in 476 with the exile of Romulus Augustulus. 



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177- The Burning Ships

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Apr 22, 2012


In 468 the two halves of the Empire combined forces to dislodge the Vandals from North Africa.They failed spectacularly.



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176- The Quote Unquote Emperor

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 16, 2012


From 461-465 the Western Empire was ruled by Ricimer through a puppet Emperor named Libius Severus. Not everyone in the west was supportive of the new regime. 



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175- Trying to Take It All Back

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 09, 2012


From 457-461, Majorian marched around trying to reassert Imperial authority over the provinces while Ricimer remained in Italy. 



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174- The Sack of Rome Part II

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 02, 2012


Following the death of Valentinian III there was an Imperial power struggle in the West. In the midst of this struggle, the Vandals sacked Rome in 455 AD. 



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173- The Broken Bow

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Mar 25, 2012


In the early 450s a string of deaths changed the political dynamic of Roman world. Between 450 and 455 Galla Placidia, Aelia Pulcheria, Atilla the Hun, Flavius Aetius and Valentinian III would all die- leaving the stage wide open for the next generation of leaders. 

Also, an announcment. 



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172- Showdown

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 19, 2012


In 451 Atilla the Hun invaded the West. He was repelled by a coalition of forces lead by the General Aetius. 



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171- The Gathering Storm

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Mar 11, 2012


After placating Atilla with yet another indemnity, Theodosius II fell from his horse and died in 450, leaving the Eastern throne vacant.



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170- Atilla Cometh

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 19, 2012


In the 440s, the Huns began to direclty attack the Roman Empire. 



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169- Huns and Vandals and Goths, Oh My

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 12, 2012


In the 430s the Romans dealt with increasingly agressive and confident barbarian tribes living both inside and outside the traditional borders of the Empire. 



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168- The Rise of Aetius

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 05, 2012


In the late 420s AD, the Roman General Flavius Aetius connived and backstabbed his way up the chain of command. 



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167- Exploiting the Opportunity

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jan 29, 2012


The Emperor Honorius died in 423, leading to a brief civil war between the Theodosian dynasty and a self-proclaimed Imperial regime in Ravenna. 



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166- As Long As She's Nice To Look At

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jan 22, 2012


Constantius III continued to lead the Western Empire as its defacto Emperor until 421, when he was officially elevated to the rank of Augustus. Unfortunately, this elevation was not recognized by Cosntantinople.



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165- Reviving the Roman Name

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jan 15, 2012


Between 412 and 415 relations between the Romans and Goths shifted back and forth between alliance and antagonism. 



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164- The Sack of Rome

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jan 09, 2012


After failing to secure a deal with Honorius, Alaric sacked Rome in August of 410. It was the first time the Eternal City had been sacked in 800 years. 



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163- Theodosius's Walls

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Dec 18, 2011


Following the death of Eudoxia, the Praetorian Prefect Anthemius took control of the Eastern Empire and ran it wisely for the next decade. Meanwhile in the West, anti-barbarian policies will lead to the invasion of Italy by Alaric.



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162- Opening the Floodgates

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Dec 12, 2011


On New Year's Eve 406 a horde of barbarians crossed the lower Rhine into Gaul. Their arrival would have severe consequences for the Western Empire. 



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161- The Swamps of Ravenna

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Dec 05, 2011


Alaric and his Goths invaded Italy in 402. After they were pushed out, Stilicho moved the seat of the Western Imperial Court to the city of Ravenna. 



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160- East vs. West

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 28, 2011


In the late 390s, the generals and ministers who dominated Arcadius and Honorius battled with each other for control of the Empire. 



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159- The Divine Winds

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 21, 2011


After winning the Battle of the Frigidus River, Theodosius stood alone as the last sole ruler of the Roman Empire. He would be die just four months later.



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158- An Imperial Suicide

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 14, 2011


In 392 Valentinian II was found hanged in his bedchamber, paving the way for another Roman Civil War. 



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157- Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Oct 31, 2011


After defeating the usurper Maximus in 388 AD, Theodosius found himself facing an even greater opponent in Ambrose of Milan.



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156- Jockeying for Position

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Oct 24, 2011


From 383-387 the tense quasi-partnership of Maximus, Valentinian II and Theodosius ruled the Roman Empire. During those years Bishop Ambrose and Nicean Christianity pushed themselves to dominance over their Arians rivals.



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155- The New Bishop of Milan

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Oct 16, 2011


In 383 the General Magnus Maximus rose up in revolt against Gratian. The power sharing agreement that followed Maximus's victory would be negotiated in part by St. Ambrose, the influencial new Bishop of Milan.



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154- The Gothic War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Oct 10, 2011


Following Adrianople, Theodosius was brought in to salvage the situation. After determining that he could not beat the Goths in battle, the new Emperor was forced to sign a peace with the barbarians that treated them as, gasp, equals. 



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153- Adrianople

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Operating with faulty intelligence and desperate to defeat the Goths on his own, Valens forced the disasterous Battle of Adrianople in August 378.



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152- The Storm Before the Storm

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Sep 25, 2011


In 375 the Huns exploded into Gothic territory, sending refugees fleeing for the saftey of the Roman Empire.



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151- Bursting a Blood Vessel

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Sep 11, 2011


Valens spent the late 360s and early 370s dealing with hostile Goths in the north and hostile Persians in the east. In 375 he would be left to face these threats alone when Valentinian suddenly died.



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150- The Perils of Mismanagement

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Sep 04, 2011


in the late 360s and early 370s AD Roman mismanagment of three different regions in the Western Empire led to armed conflict.



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149- The Great Conspiracy

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 29, 2011


In the winter of 367 Britannia was hit from all sides by a coordinated barbarian invasion. It would be more than a year before the Romans were able to reassert control over the island.



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148- The Cousin's Cousin

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 22, 2011


Shortly after Valentinian and Valens ascended to the throne, one of Julian the Apostate's maternal cousins seized control of Constantinople.



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147- Capitulation

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 15, 2011


Jovian extracted the Roman legions from the east at a heavy price. He then ruled the Empire for eight months before suddenly dying on his way to Constantinople in early 364.



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146- The Spear of Destiny

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 08, 2011


In 363 Julian launched an invasion of Sassanid Persia. He would die in battle just three months later.



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145- Julian the Apostate

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jul 31, 2011


Julian came to power in late 361 and immediately set about trying to turn back the clock on both Church and State.



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144- The Road to Constantinople

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jul 25, 2011


Once he was established as a force to be reckoned with in the west, Julian revolted against Constantius II in 360 after the Emperor ordered half the Gallic army redeployed to the eastern frontier.



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143- Julian the Pre-Apostate

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jul 10, 2011


After a childhood spent mostly in exile, Juian was elevated to the rank of Caesar in 355. His first assignment was to clear Gaul of Germanic invaders.



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142- You've Earned It

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jul 04, 2011


After two years of sporadic war, Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius in 353. Following his victory the Emperor let his advisors talk him into executing first Gallus in 354 and then Claudius Silvanus in 355.



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141- Blood and Water

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 27, 2011


Constantius and Constans shared the Empire for a decade until Constans was overthrown by a rebel general named Magnetius in 350 AD.



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140- My Three Sons

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 20, 2011


The three sons of Constantine took control of the Empire following the death of their father and the murder of most of their extended family.



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139- Wash Away Your Sins

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 13, 2011


Constantine was baptized on his deathbed after arranging a plan for succession.



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138- The New Rome

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, May 30, 2011


Live and direct from Old Rome!



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137- The Christian Emperor

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, May 15, 2011


This episode brought to you live and direct from Constantinople! After defeating Licinius, Constantine found his dream of a united Christian Empire foiled by a very disunited Christian Church.



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136- Let This Be Our Final Battle

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, May 01, 2011


War between Licinius and Constantine flared up again in 324 AD. This time Constantine would finish the job.



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135- Brothers in Name Only

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 25, 2011


Constantine and Licinius split up the Empire following the death of Maximinus Daia in 313. It did not take long for relations betweent the two Emperors to turn sour.



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134- And Then There Were Two

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 18, 2011


In 313 AD, Maximinus Daia and Licinus fought for control of the Eastern Roman Empire.



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133- The Milvian Bridge

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 11, 2011


On October 28, 312 AD Constantine and Maxentius fought a battle at Rome's doorstep for control of the Western Empire.



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132- In This Sign

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 04, 2011


Prior to the Battle of the Milvian Bridge Constantine experienced visions and dreams that promised him victory if he embraced Christianity.



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131- The New Game in Town

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 28, 2011


With the Tetrarchy in shambles, Diocletian will be called out of retirement in 308 AD to help broker a settlement. But the new new order will prove as bad as the old new order.



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130- Lost in Transition

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 14, 2011


Less than two years after Diocletian's abdication, the Tetrarchy was left in shambles following the power plays of Constantine and Maxentius.



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129- Abdication

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 07, 2011


In 305 AD, Diocletian and Maximian voluntarily abdicated the throne, handing power over to Galerius and Constantius.



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128- The Great Persecution

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Feb 28, 2011


In 303 AD Diocletian initiated the last and greatest of the Christian persecutions.



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127- Commanding The Economy

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Feb 21, 2011


Rome's economy was in disarray when Diocletian came to power and he initiated major overhauls to get the system running again.



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126- All The King's Men

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Feb 14, 2011


Over the course of his reign Diocletian overhauled the government, transforming it into a centralized bureaucracy run by career civil servants.



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125- The Best Defence is a Good Defence

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Feb 07, 2011


Over the course of his reign Diocletian instituted a number of reforms to the military structure that helped transform the legions into a new kind of army.

 



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124- The Tetrarchs at War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jan 31, 2011


In the mid-to-late 290s the Imperial Tetrarchy was at war on multiple fronts. In the west Constantius undertook the reconquest of Britain, while in the east, Galerius fought a newly hostile Sassanid Empire.



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123- The Tertrarchy

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jan 24, 2011


In 293 AD Diocletian and Maximian invited Constantius and Galerius to share in their Imperial burdens, forming what we today call the Tetrarchy.



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122- Jupiter and Hercules

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jan 16, 2011


Immediatly after becoming the undisputed Emperor in 285, Diocletian elevated Maximian to serve as his Imperial colleague.



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121- Phase Three Complete

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jan 10, 2011


The Crisis of the Third Century finally ended with the mini dynasty of Carus and his two sons. In 284 Diocletian rose to power, ushering in a new age in Roman history.



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120- Interregnum

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Dec 20, 2010


After Aurelian's death, an old Senator named Marcus Cluadius Tacitus briefly reigned before the throne fell to Probus, who ruled from 276-282.



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119- Restitutor Orbis

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Dec 13, 2010


Aurelian defeated the breakaway western provinces and reunified the Empire in 274 AD. The next year he was assassinated by officers who had been tricked into committing murder.



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118- The Palmyrene Wars

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Dec 06, 2010


In 272 Aurelian finally managed to bring the east back under Roman control by defeating Queen Zenobia of Palmyra.



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117- Aurelian's Walls

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 29, 2010


Aurelian became Emperor in 270 and immediatly faced an invasion of Italy by the Juthungi. After succesfully driving the Germans off, Aurelian turned his attention to building a new wall circuit around Rome to protect the capital in the future.



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116- Here Come the Illyrians

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 22, 2010


Claudius Gothicus became Emperor in 268 and promptly lead the legions to victories against the Goths and the Alamanni. Unfortunately he died before he was able to reunify the Empire.



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115- Phase Two Complete

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 08, 2010


The near simultaneous deaths of Gallienus, Odenathus and Postumus upset the political equilibrium in the late 260s AD.



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114- The Nadir of Our Fortunes

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Nov 01, 2010


The 260s AD were bad for the Romans, but they could have been a whole lot worse had not Gallienus, Postumus and Odenathus each done their part to defend their respective corners of the Empire.

 



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113- Three Empires

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Oct 24, 2010




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112- Captured Alive

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Oct 18, 2010


Valerian and his son Gallienus did their best to hold the Empire together through the 250s AD, but after Valerian was captured by the Sassanids things quickly spiraled out of control.



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111- Phase One Complete

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Oct 04, 2010


After the Battle of Abrittus, Trebonianus Gallus was proclaimed Emperor. After reigning for two years he was ousted by Aemilianus, who lasted less than a month on the throne before being ousted by Valerian.



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110- A Gothic Horror

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Sep 27, 2010


In 249 AD Decius ousted Philip the Arab and ascended to the Imperial throne. Two years later though, Decius was dead after leading the legions to a massive defeat at the hands of the Goths.

 



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109- The New Millenium

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Sep 20, 2010


Gordian III died in 244 AD and was succeeded by his Praetorian Prefect Philip the Arab. While Philip dealt with internal revolts and external invasion, he found time to celebrate Rome's 1000th birthday in 248 AD.



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108- Gordian's Knot

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon ,
, Sep 13, 2010


By August of 238, the other five men who had claimed a share of the purple were dead, leaving 13-year-old Gordian III as the last man standing.



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107- The Year of the Six Emperors

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 30, 2010


In 238, a revolt in Africa sparked a revolution in Rome that would eventually lead to six different men claiming the title of Augustus.



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106- Barbarian at the Gate

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 23, 2010


After bungling a campaign in the east, Alexander headed to the Rhine where he was assassinated by Maximinius Thrax in 235 AD.



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105- The Last Princeps

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 16, 2010


Alexander was only 13 when he ascended to the throne in 222. With the help of his mother and a few key advisers, he managed to avoid being the kind of disaster that previous teenage Emperors had been.

 



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104- Here Comes the Sun

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 09, 2010


Elagabalus became Emperor in 218 AD at the tender age of 14. His short reign was defined by a scandalous private life and an obsession with the eastern sun god El-Gabal. 



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103- The Equestrian

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Aug 02, 2010


Carcalla was killed by his Praetorian Prefect Macrinus in 217 AD. Macrinus then spent a troubled year as Emperor before the House of Severus came back to challenge his rule.



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102- The Common Enemy of Mankind

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jul 26, 2010


Septimius Severus died in 211 while campaigning in Britain. He left the Empire to his sons, but their mutual hatred for one another meant that one of them was going to wind up dead.



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101- And All Was of Little Value

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jul 19, 2010


After defeating Clodius Albinus, Septimius Severus turned over daily administration of the Empire to his Praetorian Prefect Gaius Plautianus, while the Emperor himself went looking for further military vicotries in Parthia.

 



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100- Black and White and Severus All Over

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Jun 27, 2010



Septimius Severus became the undisputed Emperor of Rome after defeating Pescennius Niger in 194 and Clodius Albinus in 197.

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099- What Evil Have I Done?

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 21, 2010


After buying the Imperial throne, Didius Julianus only remained in power for 66 days before being ousted by Septimius Severus.


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098- Purchasing Power

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 14, 2010


After Commodus was assassinated, Pertinax reigned for 86 days. He was murdered by the Praetorian Guard in March 193 and the Imperial throne was auctioned off the highest bidder.


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097- The Fall of Hercules

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Jun 07, 2010


Commodus went off the deep end around 190 AD and was finally killed by his inner circle in 192.



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096- The Most Aptly Named Emperor

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, May 31, 2010


The reign of Commodus turned on a botched assassination attempt orchestrated by his sister in 182 AD.


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095- The Beginning of the End

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, May 24, 2010


Marcus elevated Commodus to the position of co-Emperor and then died a few years later while campaigning in the north.

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094- Revolt and Meditations

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, May 17, 2010


In 175 Avidius Cassius led a brief revolt in the east that forced Marcus to postpone his final triumph along the Danube. 


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093- The Marcomannic Wars

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, May 10, 2010


The Romans fought a series of campaigns against a coalition of German tribes from 167-175. They were on the verge of total victory when news arrived of a rebellion in the east.



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092- The Parthian War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 26, 2010


After some initial setbacks, Marcus sent Lucius east to deal with a suddenly critical war with Parthia in 162.




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091- Marcus and Lucius and the Parthians

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 19, 2010


Marcus Aurelius was destined to become Emperor, but his insistence that Lucius Verus share the honor came as a surprise to everyone.

 


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090- The Hundredth Episode

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 12, 2010


Big question-time blowout!


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089- Provincial Matters

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Apr 05, 2010


In which I talk for way too long about where the best tin deposits in the Roman Empire can be found.

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088- A Day in the Life

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 22, 2010


Life in Rome began at dawn and lasted until sunset. Work was done in the mornings while the afternoon was reserved for recreation.  


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087- Thinking and Feeling

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 15, 2010


With Roman education leaving much to be desired, many citizens found enlightenment in the eastern mystery cults or Greek philosophy.

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086- Wealth and Class

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 08, 2010


The Roman world was divided between slaves, freedmen, and free citizens of every economic class. Gross inequality though was the order of the day, with the Emperor himself controlling the lion's share of the Empire's wealth.


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085- Antoninus the Dutiful

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Antoninus's reign is often pointed to as the golden age of the Roman Empire. In many ways the assessment is correct, though unresolved issues would come back to haunt his successors.



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084- Longing For Death

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After returning to Italy in 134 Hadrian spent a final few miserable years trying to plan the long term future of the Imperial dynasty before dying in 138.



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083- May His Bones Be Crushed

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Hadrian's relationship with the teenage boy Antinous raised eyebrows even in permissive Ancient Rome. His relationship with the Jews raises eyebrows even today.



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082- Hadrian's Walls

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Hadrian's reign got off to a rough start following the political murders of four ex-consuls. The new Emperor would eventually settle in though and set out on his first grand tour of the Empire in 121.



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081- The Greekling

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Though Hadrian's career had long been guided by Trajan, when the Emperor died in 117 he still had not named Hadrian heir.



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080- Optimus Trajan

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Trajan greatly improved the infrastructure of the Empire and finished his reign by conquering much of the Middle East.



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079- The Dacian Wars

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After Trajan ascended to the throne in 98 AD he fought two wars against the Dacians, finally annexing the country in 106 AD.



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078- Imperial Stop Gap

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Nerva's brief reign was stormy, but his choice of Trajan as heir was inspired.



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077- What Time is It?

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After Saturninus's revolt in 89 AD, Domitian's paranoia increased. In 96 AD court officials afraid for their lives conspired to have the Emperor killed.



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076- Mock Triumphs

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Domitian attempted to emulate Augustus, but his heavy-handed treatment of the Senate earned him many enemies. Meanwhile, his focus on frontier defense brought charges of cowardice and his treaty with the Dacians was seen as a humiliation.



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075- The Forgotten Son

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Domitian had spent his life in the background, but in 81 AD he found himself Emperor and soon demonstrated that he had very strong ideas about how to wield power.



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074- Friends I Have Wasted a Day

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Titus succeeded his father to the throne in 79 AD, but ruled for only two years before dying of a sudden infection in 81. Throughout the reign of the Flavians, Agricola campaigned in Britain to Romanize the island.



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073- The Only Man Who Improved

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Vespasian served as Emperor from 69-79 AD, stabilizing the Empire after a year of Civil War.



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072- Vitellius and Vespasian

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Vitellius's reign was underminned by internal squabbling, allowing Vespasian's army to sieze Rome in December 69 AD.



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071- Otho and Vitellius

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After murdering Galba, Otho ascended to the throne in January 69 AD. He immediately had to deal with Vitellius revolt and after suffering a defeat at Bedriacum in April, Otho committed suicide having served as Emperor for just three months



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070- Galba and Otho: The History of Rome

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Galba's refusal to pay off the Praetorian Guard came back to haunt him when Otho looked for accomplices to aid in his assassination plot early in 69 AD.



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069- As History of Rome Wedding

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Marriage was one of the key institutions of Roman culture and many of the traditions surrounding weddings persist today.



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068- Three Emperors

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


The personalities of each of the men who vied for the throne in 69 AD had a major impact on how events unfolded.



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067- What an Artist the World is Losing

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


In 66 AD the Great Revolt broke out in Judaea, leading Nero to appoint Vespasian to crush the uprising. But the Emperor did not live to see the end of the conflict- in 68 AD he committed suicide after a palace coup.



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066- 666

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Nero's popularity with the people began to wane in the early 60s AD. Things got so bad that after the Great Fire of Rome swept through the city, many held Nero responsible.



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065- Burn It To The Ground

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Between 58 and 63 AD Rome dealt with a major conflict over the Kingdom of Armenia and a revolt in Britain led by the warrior Queen Boudica.



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064- Smite My Womb

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After Nero came to power he was dominated by Agrippina. But it didn't take long before the 16-year-old Emperor got tired of his mother telling him what to do.



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063- A Farewell to Claudius

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Claudius turned out to be one of the more successful Emperors in Roman history, but unfortunately in 54 AD he was assassinated to make way for one of the worst.



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062- Take My Wife...Please

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Though Claudius had great success in his public life, his private life was a different story. Each of his marriages ended in either divorce or execution.



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061- What, me Claudius?

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Claudius became Emperor after the assassination of Caligula in 41 AD. Far from a bumbling fool, Claudius turned out to be capable and dedicated ruler.



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060- No Better Slave, No Worse Master

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Caligula was insane. Luckily for the Romans, he wielded absolute power.



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058- Partner of my Labors

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


After the death of Tiberius's son Drusus, Praetorian Prefect Lucius Sejanus's influence grew exponentially. Sejanus was the defacto ruler of Rome from 26 AD until his fall from power 5 years later.



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059- To the Tiber with Tiberius

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Mon, Mar 01, 2010


Tiberius's final years were consumed with treason trials and private licentiousness. After he died in 37 AD, the infamous Caligula ascended to the throne.



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057- Germanicus

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


The early years of Tiberius's reign were defined by his growing jealousy of his nephew/adopted son Germanicus. After winning victories on the far side of the Rhine, Germanicus was sent east, where in 19 AD he died under mysterious circumstances.

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056- The King is Dead, Long Live the King

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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055- Teutoburg Nightmares

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


The Julio-Claudian family was rife with conflict, but nothing compared to the battle fought against the Germans in the Teutoburg Forest.

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054- All in the Family

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Augustus promoted his steps sons Tiberius and Drusus to high office long before they were technically eligible. He hoped they would share power with him until Gaius and Lucius Caesar came of age, but Drusus died young and Tiberius went into self-imposed exile.

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053- Reigning Supreme

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After attaining power, Augustus set about reforming the Empire.

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052- Caesar Augustus

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


The Senate bestowed upon Octavian the title Caesar Augustus during the constitutional settlement of 27 BC. Four years later Augustus and the Senate altered their power sharing agreement.

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051- Actium

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


On Sept 2, 31 BC Octavian defeated Antony at the Battle of Actium. Antony and Cleopatra fled back to Alexandria where they committed suicide the next year, following Octavian's invasion of Egypt.

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050- The Donations of Alexandria

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After Antony failed to conquer Parthia, the Triumvirate partnership broke down, leading to a declaration of war.

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049- Apollo and Dionysus

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After winning the Battle of Philippi Antony and Octavian divided the empire into two halves. Antony took control of the east where he formed an alliance with Cleopatra, while Octavian commanded the west.

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048- The Second Triumvirate

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


In 43 BC Marc Antony, Octavian and Marcus Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate. After initiating proscriptions to raise funds and purge their enemies, the Triumvirs headed east, where they defeated Brutus and Cassius at Philippi.



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047- Octavius-Octavian

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Caesar posthumously adopted his great nephew Gaius Octavius and the 19-year-old was thrust into the center of Roman politics. In the months following the assassination Octavian and Mark Antony vied for the support of the legions.

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046- Sic Semper Tyrannis

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


In the last months of his life, rumors swirled about Caesar's monarchical ambitions. On the Ides of March 44 BC, a group of Senators put the issue to rest by assassinating Caesar during a session of the Senate.

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045- The End of the War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Caesar took the overland route back from Egypt back to Rome and along the way pacified what little resistance he came across. After a brief stay in Italy he sailed for North Africa where he defeated the regrouped Republican army. Having emerged from the Civil War triumphant he returned to Rome and began his ambitious reform programs.

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044- Caesar Triumphant

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Following a setback at Dyrrachium, Caesar decisively won the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC. After defeating Pompey, Caesar sailed for Alexandria, where settled a civil war by placing Cleopatra on the throne.

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043- Insert Well Known Idiom Here

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010


In 49 BC Caesar led a single legion across the Rubicon River, sparking a civil war that would lead to the death of the Roman Republic.

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042- Meanwhile, Back in Rome

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


While Caesar was fighting the Gallic Wars, events in Rome and beyond exacerbated the political tensions that would eventually lead to Civil War.

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041b- The Gallic Wars

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


From 57-52 BC Caesar slowly conquered Gaul. Along the way he crossed into Germania twice and led the first Roman expedition to Britain. Finally, the last Gallic army was forced to surrender at Alesia.

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041a- The Gallic Wars

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After beginning his proconsulship of Cisalpine Gaul in 58 BC Caesar was asked to halt the advance of a migrating Celtic tribe. He managed to turn them around, but was immediately called to face an even deadlier threat at the banks of the Rhine River.

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040- In the Consulship of Julius and Caesar

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


In 59 BC Julius Caesar served a controversial year in the consulship. He pressed for land and administrative reforms the conservative Senate opposed.

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039- The Young Julius Caesar Chronicles

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Julius Caesar had an eventful career on his way up the Cursus Honorum. He won the Civic Crown in Asia, was captured by pirates on his way to Rhodes, and served as Governor of Hispania Ulterior.



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038- The Catiline Conspiracy

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


In 63 BC an embittered two-time consular candidate named Catiline conspired to overthrow the Roman government. He was stopped by Rome's greatest politician and orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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037- Go East Young Man

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After clearing the Mediterranean of pirates in 67 BC Pompey was put in charge of the war with Mithridates. He promptly conquered his way to Jerusalem.

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036- I Am Spartacus!

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


From 73-71 BC a gladiator named Spartacus led a slave revolt in southern Italy. Despite defeating the Romans on numerous occasions, the slave army was eventually defeated by Marcus Crassus (with an unsolicited assist from Pompey).

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035- Crassus and Pompey

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


After Sulla's death two men emerged as the vanguard of Rome's new political generation: Marcus Crassus who would become Rome's richest man and Pompey the Great, who would become Rome's greatest general. In a few years these two men would join forces with Julius Caesar to form the first Triumvirate.


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034- No Greater Friend, No Worse Enemy

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


Sulla returned from the east and after winning a short Civil War was made Dictator for Life. After purging his enemies and reorganizing the consitution he inexplicably stepped down in 80 BC.

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033- Marius and Sulla

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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032- The Social War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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031b- Marius

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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031a- Marius

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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030- Gaius Gracchus

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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029- Tiberius Gracchus

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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028- Taking Stock

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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027- Mopping Up

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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026- The Third Macedonian War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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025- The Syrian War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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024- The Second Macedonian War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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023e- The War With Hannibal

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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023d- The War With Hannibal

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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023c- The War With Hannibal

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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023b- The War With Hannibal

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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023a- The War With Hannibal

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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022- Prelude to the Second Punic War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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021- Interbellum

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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020b- The First Punic War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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020a- The First Punic War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010




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019- Prelude to the First Punic War

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


It was inevitable that the Romans and Cartheginians would run into each other one day.


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018- A History of Rome Christmas

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sun, Feb 28, 2010
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Many of the traditions that surround modern Christmas have their roots in Saturnalia and the Feast of Sol Invictus.


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017- Pyrrhic Victories

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Sun, Feb 28, 2010


The Greek cities of southern Italy called on King Pyrrhus of Epirus to protect them from Roman encroachment. Though Pyrrhus was undefeated in battle, his victories were so costly that he was forced to withdraw from Italy in 275 BC, leaving Rome in control of Magna Graecia.

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016- The Third Samnite War

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Sat, Feb 27, 2010


Rome battled a combined army of Samnites, Etruscans, Umbrians and Gauls for control of Italy. At Sentinum, the two sides fought the largest battle in Italian history up to that point.

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015b- The Second Samnite War

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Sat, Feb 27, 2010


After a five year break, hostilities resumed between the Romans and Samnites. Despite early setbacks, Rome eventually emerged victorious in 304 BC. During these years a controversial politician, Appius Claudius, initiated a series of ambitious public works projects that advanced Roman civilization.

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015a- The Second Samnite War

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010


After a decade of peace, the Romans and Samnites returned to war. The early years of fighting went well for Rome, but in 321 BC they were handed a humiliating defeat at Caudine Forks.

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014b- A Phalanx With Joints

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The Roman army abandoned the Greek phalanx in favor of a new system based on a three line deployment organized by age and experience.

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014a- A Phalanx With Joints

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


For hundreds of years the Roman Army used the Greek phalanx, but during the Samnite Wars they were forced to develop a new distinctly Roman system.

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013- The Latin War

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The Romans fought a final war against their Latin neighbors from 340-338 BC. The Romans won a decisive victory and the Latin League was abolished once and for all.

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012- The First Samnite War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


From 343-341 BC Rome fought a brief war against the Samnites, a powerful hill tribe who would plague the Romans for the rest of the century. The Romans won an inconclusive victory, but the war was only the opening salvo in a long running struggle between the two peoples.

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011- The Morning After

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


In the decades after the Gauls abandoned Rome to its fate, the Romans were forced to battle both external threats and internal sedition. The Plebes, saddled with debt from the reconstruction, forced through reforms in 367 BC that finally gave them access to the most powerful office of state: the Consulship.

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010: Barbarians at the Gates

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


Soon after the war with Veii, Rome was sacked by invading Gauls. The event traumatized the Romans and left their city in ruins. It would be the last time a foreign army breached the walls until the fall of the empire 850 years later.

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009- A Trojan War

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


Economic necessity forced a final conflict with Veii, Rome's Etruscan rival to the north. After years of inconclusive fighting, Marcus Furius Camillus was appointed dictator and lead the Romans to victory.

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008- Decades of Gloom

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The years after the creation of the Twelve Tables were hard. Political discord, grain shortages and famine all conspired to weaken the city, but the Romans soldiered on in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.

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007- The Roman Washington

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


Cincinnatus was famously appointed dictator of Rome in 458 BC and then resigned soon after, securing his place in history as a paradigm of republican virtue.

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006- The Twelve Tables

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


In 451 BC a committee was ordered to compile and then condense Roman law into a single text called the Twelve Tables of Law. Despite tyrannical machinations by the committee, the Twelve Tables secured an objective rule of law for all Roman citizens regardless of wealth or class.

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005- Trials and Tribunlations

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew into adolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly class divisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs that resulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.

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004- The Public Thing

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was now established. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, the Romans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatened the unity of the young State.

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003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three members of the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius and Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that he was overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.

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003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to the throne: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who they were and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.

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002- Youthful Indiscretions

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Thu, Feb 25, 2010


Last time we discussed the events that lead to the birth of Rome, covering the arrival of Aeneas in Italy and the story of the twins Romulus and Remus. Today we will cover the remainder of Romulus's life, his questionable morality and ultimate disappearance from the world of men.

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001- In the Beginning

michaelwilliamduncan@gmail.com (Mike Duncan)Author: Mike Duncan
Sat, Jul 28, 2007


Welcome to The History of Rome, a weekly series tracing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Today we will hear the mythical origin story of Rome and compare it with modern historical and archaeological evidence. How much truth is wrapped up in the legend? We end this week with the death of Remus and the founding of Rome.



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