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An ancient history podcast run by two Millennial women. Misbehaving emperors, poison assassins, mythological mayhem; it’s like if Hardcore History met up with My Favorite Murder in the ancient world, with a heavy helping of booze and feminism. New episodes biweekly. Currently in Roman Britain.

Ancient History Fangir‪l‬ Jenny Williamson and Genn McMenemy

    • History
    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

An ancient history podcast run by two Millennial women. Misbehaving emperors, poison assassins, mythological mayhem; it’s like if Hardcore History met up with My Favorite Murder in the ancient world, with a heavy helping of booze and feminism. New episodes biweekly. Currently in Roman Britain.

    The Pictish Beast: What is It?

    The Pictish Beast: What is It?

    The Pictish Beast is a mysterious animal carved on Pictish standing stones. Nobody knows what kind of animal it is. But it must have been really important to the Picts, as over 40% of animals carved into their stones are the Pictish Beast.
    Is it an elephant? Is it a kelpie? Is it an ancient prehistoric monster the likes of which no living person has ever seen? What is it??
    In this episode, Genn and Jenny spend roughly an hour debating what, exactly, the Pictish Beast might have been. We state our cases, lay out our supporting facts, get really opinionated, and knock back a few drinks along the way.
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    • 58 min
    Who Were the Picts?

    Who Were the Picts?

    The Picts burst onto the Romano-British scene as terrifying Celtic pirates, overwhelming Hadrian’s Wall from the north, sweeping in from the sea to ravage and burn Romano-British settlements as the power of the Roman Empire slowly receded.
    In the centuries after Rome faded, they were the true Kings in the North—building a powerful kingdom in the northernmost highlands that lasted more than 600 years. Until, around 900 AD, they disappeared from the record. They simply vanished.
    Who were the Picts—and what became of them? In this episode, we’re going to find out.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Hadrian's Wall, Part 4: Wall at the End of the World

    Hadrian's Wall, Part 4: Wall at the End of the World

    By the end of the 300s, the soldiers on Hadrian's Wall were hungry, they were under-equipped, and they hadn't been paid in years. Even so, many stayed at their posts--even as the Roman Empire lost its grip on Britain entirely.
    Find out how the fall of Rome looked from the view of Hadrian's Wall--and what became of those stationed there, holding the frontiers of an empire as it swiftly crumbled around them.
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    • 51 min
    RE-RELEASE: Praetorian Guard, Part 2: Caligula & Friends

    RE-RELEASE: Praetorian Guard, Part 2: Caligula & Friends

    In this episode, it's Roman Emperors behaving badly--and Praetorian Prefects behaving even worse. Beginning with Caligula, Emperors were assaulted in their homes, killed with their families, dragged through the streets, and mutilated by angry mobs.
    At one point, the Praetorians even assassinated an Emperor, then auctioned off the Empire to the highest bidder. Find out just how bad it got.
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    • 34 min
    Hadrian's Wall, Part 3: After Hadrian

    Hadrian's Wall, Part 3: After Hadrian

    The living at Hadrian's Wall wasn't as austere as you might think for those stationed there--especially in the beginning. Merchants flocked from all over the Empire to sell their wares to soldiers with regular paychecks.
    But conditions changed drastically in the decades and centuries after Hadrian died. New Emperors--Antoninus Pius, Diocletian, Septimius Severus, and others--would all leave their mark on the Wall and its territory.
    This week, we’re going to talk about what became of the Wall—and those who lived there—after Hadrian’s death. 
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    • 52 min
    RE-RELEASE: Praetorian Guard, Part 1: The Beast in Your House

    RE-RELEASE: Praetorian Guard, Part 1: The Beast in Your House

    The Praetorian Guard was the elite military unit tasked with protecting the Emperors of Rome. Except when they held the assassin's blade themselves.
    The Praetorians brought emperors low and raised them up; shaped the fate of the Empire and were eventually destroyed by it. This is their story.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

CharZhao ,

Refreshing Take on History!

I can't even begin to explain how entertaining these two are. History is always made better when education mixes with whimsical conversation. Jenny and Genn give a whole new take on discussing ancient history, filled with humour, cleverness, and wit.

Darth Agnan ,

Damn girls!

So the day has come, today I listened as all the senators got stabby with julius and then, cause that wasn’t enough to soothe my Monday morning spirits I proceeded with the last of Cleo and Mark Anthony and booooom just like that the day go join your patreon and leave the most positive review I could conjure was here!!

I’m afraid the review will not do you justice buuuut here’s to trying! You are the first patreon I joined and I couldn’t be happier! My super fangirling congrats, you girls have come a super long way and honestly your arc on Caesar and on Cleo and Mark has been just phenomenal! Not to mention Fulvia, boy that was brilliant! You keep setting the bar higher and higher and we’re here cheering you on!

Super admire all the hard work and all the care you take with interpreting the fonts, the way you go an extra-step to get us to relate and step into their sandals.

This is the ovation I throw you, you deserve a triumph but the best men (ughhhh) are dicks. Thank you and congrats!!

fran-c worleybird ,

My favourite podcast

This has quickly become my favourite podcast. The intro scenes especially are so engaging and the storytelling is unique and really brings the past to life. Big recommend!

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