10 episodes

A history podcast looking at the collapse of a different civilization each episode. What did they have in common? Why did they fall? And what did it feel like to watch it happen?

Fall of Civilizations Podcast Paul Cooper

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A history podcast looking at the collapse of a different civilization each episode. What did they have in common? Why did they fall? And what did it feel like to watch it happen?

    10. China's Han Dynasty - The First Empire in Flames

    10. China's Han Dynasty - The First Empire in Flames

    A city in ruins. A dynasty in tatters. An empire in ashes...

    This episode, we look at the remarkable story of the first empire of ancient China, the Han dynasty. With ancient Chinese poetry, songs and folk music, we look back at the first empire's rise, its remarkable technological advances, and its first, tentative attempts to make contact with the empires of the west. Finally, we look at all the reasons behind the first age of Imperial China's final, dramatic fall.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Claire Hynes
    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Shem Jacobs
    Alex Peattie

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Source: incompetech.com/

    • 2 hrs 53 min
    9. The Aztecs - A Clash of Worlds

    9. The Aztecs - A Clash of Worlds

    Beneath the busy streets of Mexico City, a buried god lies waiting to be discovered...

    This episode, we look back at the age of the Aztecs. Learn how this society grew from nothing to create one of the world's largest cities in the middle of a lake. Discover Aztec riddles, poetry and songs, as well as the bloody ritual of the flower wars. And hear the remarkable story of how this thriving empire collapsed all at once, in a matter of days.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Shem Jacobs
    Annie Kelly
    Lou Millington

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 4 hrs 14 min
    8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities

    8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities

    In the dusts of Iraq, the ruins of the world's first civilization lie buried.

    This episode, we travel into the extremely distant past to look at the Sumerians. These ancient people invented writing and mathematics, and built some of the largest cities that the world had ever seen. Find out about the mystery of their origins, and learn how they rose from humble beginnings to form the foundation of all our modern societies. With myths, proverbs and even some recreated Sumerian music, travel back to where it all began, and find out how humanity's first civilization fell.


    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Shem Jacobs
    Nick Bradley
    Emily Johnson

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    Sumerian Music kindly provided by Gayle and
    Philip Neuman, of Ensemble De Organographia. Their CD, "Music of the Ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks," is available from
    northpacificmusic.com.

    • 2 hrs 29 min
    7. The Songhai Empire - Africa's Age of Gold

    7. The Songhai Empire - Africa's Age of Gold

    Today, the Songhai Empire is all but forgotten by history. But this medieval kingdom was once the most powerful force in Africa.

    Find out how this civilization grew up on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, among some of the most extreme conditions that nature can throw at us. Discover how it grew and flourished, passing through a process known as the imperial cycle, and learn about what ultimately caused its sudden and dramatic collapse.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Bryan Tshiobi
    Pip Willett

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    6. Easter Island - Where Giants Walked

    6. Easter Island - Where Giants Walked

    On one of the world’s most isolated islands, hundreds of vast stone statues lie mouldering in the grass.

    In this episode, we take a look at one of archaeology’s most enduring puzzles: the mystery of Easter Island. Find out how this unique community grew up in complete isolation, severed from the rest of the world by a vast expanse of ocean. Discover the incredible story of how it survived for so many centuries, and examine the evidence about what happened to finally bring this society, and its statues, crashing down.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Jacob Rollinson
    Annie Kelly
    Shem Jacobs

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 1 hr 43 min
    5. The Khmer Empire - Fall of the God Kings

    5. The Khmer Empire - Fall of the God Kings

    Deep in the Cambodian Jungle, a ruined city crumbles among the roots of banyan trees.

    In this episode, we look at the history of the Khmer Empire of medieval Cambodia, and the ancient mega-city of Angkor. I want to explore how this great civilization rose to a size and wealth virtually unprecedented in the world, how it overcame the challenges of its climate and landscape, and all the factors that led to its final, dramatic collapse.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Rhy Brignell
    Lou Millington
    Sebastian Garbacz

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

Shogojagamokototo ,

Addictive History

So well researched, so well presented. Polished to a shine. Amazing depth and length. I can’t wait to hear more of it.

Paddy029 ,

Great

Love this podcast. Good history podcasts are few and far between without the American bravado/overdramatisation. Great stuff 👍👍👍

Australia💪 ,

Interesting

A different take on ancient civilisations that explores the experience of the people instead the usual big man of history approach.
Highly recommend 👌

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