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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

The History of Rome Mike Duncan

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    • 4.8 • 1.7K Ratings

A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

    001- In the Beginning

    001- In the Beginning

    Welcome to The History of Rome, a weekly series tracing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Today we will hear the mythical origin story of Rome and compare it with modern historical and archaeological evidence. How much truth is wrapped up in the legend? We end this week with the death of Remus and the founding of Rome.

    • 11 min
    002- Youthful Indiscretions

    002- Youthful Indiscretions

    Last time we discussed the events that lead to the birth of Rome,
    covering the arrival of Aeneas in Italy and the story of the twins
    Romulus and Remus. Today we will cover the remainder of Romulus's life,
    his questionable morality and ultimate disappearance from the world of

    • 11 min
    003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

    003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

    This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to the
    throne: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who they
    were and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.

    • 16 min
    003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

    003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

    The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three members
    of the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius
    and Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that he
    was overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.

    • 18 min
    004- The Public Thing

    004- The Public Thing

    The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was now
    established. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, the
    Romans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatened
    the unity of the young State.

    • 14 min
    005- Trials and Tribunlations

    005- Trials and Tribunlations

    The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew into
    adolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly class
    divisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs that
    resulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

little welsh wiz ,

History of Rome

I came on this after listening to Revolutions and heard Mike talk about his first podcast, as a lover of all history and also reading especially fiction but set in real history events, I wanted to know about the Rome, soo I set about listening to it as I drove up and down the UK as a HGV driver, I have to say it has been brilliant, learning I’ve come to this nearly 15 years after he first made it made me a little sad missing out on the tours he did, but it increased my knowledge a lot I will come back to it as am sure I missed some stuff. Well done Mike it’s been great and I will look out for anything else you did, you brought a great sense off humour to it with your knowledge as well insights into what the people off Rome did. 👍

Luke Hochschild ,


Just finished The History of Rome and it is bitter sweet. I have spent the better part of the year listening to these episodes and it has felt like a real journey. Each episode is fascinating and it is hard not to binge. Mike Duncan’s presentation is excellent with some dry humour sprinkled in. I will likely listen to this podcast again in a few years as there is so much information I’m sure I could learn more.

Gregory-P-M ,

My favourite podcast ever

This is by far my favourite podcast, a very detailed and exciting podcast about the history of Rome. Mike Duncan’s presentation is excellent. I highly recommend it to anybody interested in ancient history.

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