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The History of Rome Podcast

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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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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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    Thu, May 30, 2013


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  • 179- The End
    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.  

  • 178- Not With A Bang But A Whimper
    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. 

  • 177- The Burning Ships
    Sun, Apr 22, 2012


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

  • 176- The Quote Unquote Emperor
    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. 

  • 175- Trying to Take It All Back
    Mon, Apr 09, 2012


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

  • 174- The Sack of Rome Part II
    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. 

  • 173- The Broken Bow
    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. 

  • 172- Showdown
    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. 

  • 171- The Gathering Storm
    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.

  • 170- Atilla Cometh
    Sun, Feb 19, 2012


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

  • 169- Huns and Vandals and Goths, Oh My
    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. 

  • 168- The Rise of Aetius
    Sun, Feb 05, 2012


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

  • 167- Exploiting the Opportunity
    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. 

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

  • 165- Reviving the Roman Name
    Sun, Jan 15, 2012


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

  • 164- The Sack of Rome
    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. 

  • 163- Theodosius's Walls
    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.

  • 162- Opening the Floodgates
    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. 

  • 161- The Swamps of Ravenna
    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. 

  • 160- East vs. West
    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. 

  • 159- The Divine Winds
    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.

  • 158- An Imperial Suicide
    Mon, Nov 14, 2011


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

  • 157- Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass
    Mon, Oct 31, 2011


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

  • 156- Jockeying for Position
    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.

  • 155- The New Bishop of Milan
    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.

  • 154- The Gothic War
    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. 

  • 153- Adrianople
    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.

  • 152- The Storm Before the Storm
    Sun, Sep 25, 2011


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

  • 151- Bursting a Blood Vessel
    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.

  • 150- The Perils of Mismanagement
    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.

  • 149- The Great Conspiracy
    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.

  • 148- The Cousin's Cousin
    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.

  • 147- Capitulation
    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.

  • 146- The Spear of Destiny
    Mon, Aug 08, 2011


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

  • 145- Julian the Apostate
    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.

  • 144- The Road to Constantinople
    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.

  • 143- Julian the Pre-Apostate
    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.

  • 142- You've Earned It
    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.

  • 141- Blood and Water
    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.

  • 140- My Three Sons
    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.

  • 139- Wash Away Your Sins
    Mon, Jun 13, 2011


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

  • 138- The New Rome
    Mon, May 30, 2011


    Live and direct from Old Rome!

  • 137- The Christian Emperor
    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.

  • 136- Let This Be Our Final Battle
    Sun, May 01, 2011


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

  • 135- Brothers in Name Only
    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.

  • 134- And Then There Were Two
    Mon, Apr 18, 2011


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

  • 133- The Milvian Bridge
    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.

  • 132- In This Sign
    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.

  • 131- The New Game in Town
    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.

  • 130- Lost in Transition
    Mon, Mar 14, 2011


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

  • 129- Abdication
    Mon, Mar 07, 2011


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

  • 128- The Great Persecution
    Mon, Feb 28, 2011


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

  • 127- Commanding The Economy
    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.

  • 126- All The King's Men
    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.

  • 125- The Best Defence is a Good Defence
    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.

     

  • 124- The Tetrarchs at War
    Mon, Jan 31, 2011


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

  • 123- The Tertrarchy
    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.

  • 122- Jupiter and Hercules
    Sun, Jan 16, 2011


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

  • 121- Phase Three Complete
    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.

  • 120- Interregnum
    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.

  • 119- Restitutor Orbis
    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.

  • 118- The Palmyrene Wars
    Mon, Dec 06, 2010


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

  • 117- Aurelian's Walls
    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.

  • 116- Here Come the Illyrians
    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.

  • 115- Phase Two Complete
    Mon, Nov 08, 2010


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

  • 114- The Nadir of Our Fortunes
    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.

     

  • 113- Three Empires
    Sun, Oct 24, 2010


  • 112- Captured Alive
    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.

  • 111- Phase One Complete
    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.

  • 110- A Gothic Horror
    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.

     

  • 109- The New Millenium
    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.

  • 108- Gordian's Knot
    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.

  • 107- The Year of the Six Emperors
    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.

  • 106- Barbarian at the Gate
    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.

  • 105- The Last Princeps
    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.

     

  • 104- Here Comes the Sun
    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. 

  • 103- The Equestrian
    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.

  • 102- The Common Enemy of Mankind
    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.

  • 101- And All Was of Little Value
    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.

     

  • 100- Black and White and Severus All Over
    Sun, Jun 27, 2010



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

  • 099- What Evil Have I Done?
    Mon, Jun 21, 2010


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

  • 098- Purchasing Power
    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.

  • 097- The Fall of Hercules
    Mon, Jun 07, 2010


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

  • 096- The Most Aptly Named Emperor
    Mon, May 31, 2010


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

  • 095- The Beginning of the End
    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.

  • 094- Revolt and Meditations
    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. 

  • 093- The Marcomannic Wars
    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.

  • 092- The Parthian War
    Mon, Apr 26, 2010


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


  • 091- Marcus and Lucius and the Parthians
    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.

     

  • 090- The Hundredth Episode
    Mon, Apr 12, 2010


    Big question-time blowout!

  • 089- Provincial Matters
    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.

  • 088- A Day in the Life
    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.  

  • 087- Thinking and Feeling
    Mon, Mar 15, 2010


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

  • 086- Wealth and Class
    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.

  • 085- Antoninus the Dutiful
    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.

  • 084- Longing For Death
    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.

  • 083- May His Bones Be Crushed
    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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