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A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!

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A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!

    Episode #112- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part III)

    Episode #112- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part III)

    After unifying the "Warring States" the first emperor of China turned his attention to an even more lofty goal: becoming an immortal. When describing the first emperor the ancient sources paint a picture of man consumed by narcissism and paranoia. We're told that in his quest to defy death the first emperor put his trust in shady magicians and smooth talking charlatans. Did the hunt for eternal life actually kill China's first emperor? Tune in and find out how the strongest man in China, a sea monster, and a conspicuously good lute player all play a roll in the story. 
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    • 58 min
    Episode #111- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part II)

    Episode #111- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part II)

    In Chinese folklore the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, is never presented as a hero. Instead he is always presented as villain who is undone by his own arrogance and impiety. He is often introduced in folk tales as the "Wicked Emperor Qin Shi Huang". However, historians believe that many of the most salacious stories about China's first emperor may have been exaggerated or invented by later writers who did not care for his preferred philosophy. Has one of China's most significant figures been the victim of fake history? Tune in and find out how ghost tablets, huge dongs, and a philosophy more Machiavellian than Machiavelli all play a role in the story.    

    • 58 min
    Episode #110- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part I)

    Episode #110- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part I)

    If you were going to make a list of the most historically influential people to have have ever lived, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, should probably be in the top 10. In the mid 2nd century BC, the ruler of the State of Qin embarked on series of conquests that would unite China after centuries of discord. But despite this impressive achievement, the first emperor has been saddled with a particularly nasty historical reputation. Even the ancient Chinese historians did not remember him fondly. Does he really deserve this vicious reputation, or has he been the victim of fake history? Tune-in and find out how a scheming merchant, a castrated historian, and 8000 clay soldiers all play a role in the story.

    • 57 min
    Episode #109- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part III)

    Episode #109- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part III)

    The rebellion led by Boudica, the Iceni warrior woman, nearly dislodged the Roman empire from the island of Britain. She had the numbers, the momentum, and a righteous cause. So why was she ultimately not successful? Tune in and find out how Druids casting spells, a mythical train platform, and a badass post-hardcore band name all play a role in the story.

    • 54 min
    Episode #108- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part II)

    Episode #108- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part II)

    The ancient rebel leader Boudica has become an icon in her native Britain. She is celebrated as a symbol of resistance and female power. However, getting a sense of her true character is nearly impossible when examining the historical sources. Roman historians wrote elaborate speeches that they claimed she delivered to rapt audiences. But perhaps these speeches tell us more about the Roman authors than they do about the Celtic war leader. Tune in and find out how ancient Eminem verses, Heart of Darkness, and superhero origin stories all play a role in the story.  

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode #107- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part I)

    Episode #107- What Should We Believe About Boudica? (Part I)

    They say that history is written by the winners. While it's a trite cliché, there might be some truth in it. It's especially true when examining a figure like the Celtic-British freedom fighter Boudica. In 60 AD Boudica led her people in a violent revolt against the Roman Empire. Unfortunately everything we know about her was written by Romans. What should we believe? Tune in and find out how Winston Churchill, the end of the earth, and tiny bean sized meals all play a roll in the story! 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Kradinator ,

Great

Great narration and research done, would like to see more non-Eurocentric work like his latest series on the Qin dynasty.

boom-boom35 ,

Highly recommended

It is really a pleasure to listen to Mr Major talk. You’ll be sure to learn something new every episode! It’s without a doubt my favorite podcast.

ScreamingBlue7 ,

Entertaining & Educating

In addition to the great narration, OFH is informative, entertaining, promotes questions and tells a great story!

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