12 episodios

The Turning Wheel covers the pivot points of human history, and the fascinating questions that underlie our civilization. Our special emphases are when civilizations made big shifts, without anyone really realizing it. Humans may fight these changes, but they often lose.

From Marcus Aurelius's rule during the twilight years of the Pax Romana to city planning errors in the 20th century shaping how we live today, we cover a lot of ground.

Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

The Turning Wheel Podcast Andrew Perlot

    • Historia

The Turning Wheel covers the pivot points of human history, and the fascinating questions that underlie our civilization. Our special emphases are when civilizations made big shifts, without anyone really realizing it. Humans may fight these changes, but they often lose.

From Marcus Aurelius's rule during the twilight years of the Pax Romana to city planning errors in the 20th century shaping how we live today, we cover a lot of ground.

Support the podcast at: https://www.patreon.com/TheTurningWheel

    E1.13 Q&A For Kingdom of Iron and Rust

    E1.13 Q&A For Kingdom of Iron and Rust

    We talk Marcus's notebook, his stereotyped wife, what would have happened if he'd killed Commodus, and whether or not he was a manipulated dupe.

    • 19 min
    E1.12 Why The Romans Didn't Notice Their Decline

    E1.12 Why The Romans Didn't Notice Their Decline

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    • 49 min
    E1.11 Commodus the Antithesis

    E1.11 Commodus the Antithesis

    Roman history fans know two things about Commodus: First, he was a horribly corrupt, psychopathic emperor. Second, he reigned at the end of the Pax Romana, and helped start Rome's slow decline towards eventual dissolution. 
    The Roman senator and historian Cassius Dio, who knew Commodus and his father, Marcus Aurelius, personally, tells us that with the ascention of Commodus that, "our history now descends from a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust, as affairs did for the Romans of that day."
    And enough other sources have spoken of Commodus's misrule and cruelty to leave of thinking that he was probably right. But can we be certain he was correct with his conclusions? 
    We know for certain that he probably made one choice, albeit for the wrong reasons, which probably contributed to to the Empire's longevity. And of his misdeeds? Just how impactful were they?
    Today we're going to examine the life of Commodus. It's likely that he was indeed a bit of a psychopath, but what's more doubtful is if any of his actions really contributed to Rome's fall and the end of the Pax Romana. 
    Find out why in this episode. 
     

    • 25 min
    E1.10 Finishing What He Started

    E1.10 Finishing What He Started

    Marcus Aurelius decides that he's going to crush that Germanic and Sarmatian tribes once and for all, even if it costs him his life.

    • 21 min
    E1.8 Why Marcus Aurelius Didn't Murder Commodus

    E1.8 Why Marcus Aurelius Didn't Murder Commodus

    Why a great emperor let an immoral tyrant take his throne.

    • 29 min
    E1.7 Biting The Hand That Feeds Him

    E1.7 Biting The Hand That Feeds Him

    The one man with the experience, position, and breeding to challenge Marcus Aurelius's claim to the throne decides to take a crack at him, and the Roman Empire is plunged into civil war.

    • 26 min

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