A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!
Episode #140- What Became of the Great Library of Alexandria? (Part II)
There are three main culprits in the alleged burning of the Great Library of Alexandria. But weirdly they all lived roughly 300 years apart from one another. How is that even possible? It’s weird anomalies like this that complicate the history of the Great Library. Many have written poetically about the dramatic burning of this ancient institution, but is this cataclysm just an elaborate myth? Tune-in and find out how past life regression, The Great Gatsby, the Sandy Koufax of Roman Emperors all play a role in the story.
Episode #139- What Became of the Library of Alexandria? (Part I)
The Egyptian city of Alexandria was once the most magnificent city on the Mediterranean. It was a city of wonders, whose culture was the envy of the Greek world. Tragically many of Alexandria's ancient treasures have been lost to time. Of all of these lost wonders none has been more deeply mourned than the Great Library of Alexandria. For generations people have lamented the day that the Library was consumed by fire. But when was that day exactly? It turns out the time and circumstance of the Library's demise is surprisingly controversial. Tune-in and find out how stolen corpses, Cleopatra's marble head, and an old friend of the pod all play a role in the story.
OFH Throwback- Episode #37- Did Robert Johnson Sell His Soul to the Devil?
In this throwback episode Sebastian takes a look back at a show that explores one of the greatest legends in 20th century popular music. Did the legendary blues musician, Robert Johnson, really trade his immortal soul for superhuman musical talent? In the newly recorded intro, Sebastian shares one of the wildest pieces of listener mail he ever received--- a weird and spooky tale of a listener searching for the grave of the famous bluesman. This episode is a must for anyone obsessed with the blues, rock'n'roll, the guitar... or just great stories. Tune-in and find out how king snakes, hell hounds, and haunted paintings all play a role in the story.
OFH Throwback- Episode #83- Who Invented Your Favourite Food?
In this OFH Throwback episode Sebastian takes a look at one of the most fun and accessible episodes in the OFH catalog. The world of food and drink is filled with colourful mythology. How much should we believe about the origin stories of our favourite foods? Could this be the best episode to recommend to someone who thinks they don't like history shows? Tune-in and find out how all night gambling sessions, the taste of the stars, and guy named Gino Spaghetti all play a role in the story.
OFH Throwback- Episode #77- Was There a Real Pied Piper?
In this throwback episode we take a look at an episode Sebastian thinks may have been the best "one-off" show created over the podcast's six seasons. Take a listen to how the host thinks this one has held up. Is this oddball episode about a German fairy tale secretly the best place to start listening to OFH? Tune-in and find out how perfect band names, a breadcrumb trail, and non-stop boogying all play a role in the story.
OFH Throwback- Episode #10- Did the Aztecs Think Cortes Was a God? (Part II)
In this throwback episode Sebastian revisits "Part II" in the Season One series on the conquest of Mexico. In the freshly recorded introduction the host reflects on criticisms that this episode first received when it was originally published in 2015. Do you think Sebastian goes too hard on Cortes and the conquistadors? Tune-in and find out how far-out flute concerts, the Wizard of Oz, and a creep with an agenda all play a role in the story.
Fun, informative and generally wonderful
This is a wonderful podcast that I can’t recommend enough (trust me, my friends are bored of hearing about it).
Sebastian’s style as a host is enjoying and engaging. He doesn’t speak at you or down to you, be guides you easily through some very interesting and confusing parts of history.
The topics are varied and interesting while the main idea of the show, untangling myth from history, is a novel and interesting take on a factual historical podcast.
One of the best podcasts I have found this year, and with the constant lockdowns I’ve listened to a lot.
The one I’ve been looking for
Absolutely brilliant podcast, definitely now my favourite. The story telling and fun parts of history make it binge worthy.
Being English I totally believed the tale about the two finger salute being bow fingers it for so well!
Keep up the good work!
Love, love, love!
My new favourite podcast! I’ve completely binged this podcast since discovering it a few days ago! The information is so well presented, completely draws you in and is educational without being dry. The host, Sebastian is witty and has a lovely voice 😊 Whilst the show can be lighthearted, it’s not silly and the facts are delivered in a way that you stay completely engaged and focused on the stories rather than getting frustrated with presenter banter. A total gem of a show and would 100% recommend! Well done Sebastian, I look forward to listening to the rest of the series!