25 episodes

Niall and Cathal here, we’re two Irish guys with an interest in history and a way with numbers. The idea for this podcast came from us having a lot of notions and a few historic ideas.

Our shared interest in military history led us to ask questions like:

"Which was the best army?"

"Who was the best commander?"

or "Can a good general redeem a bad army?"

But how can you answer those questions without doing extensive research and speculation into each army and individual general? Well, we created a neural network (the History Machine!) to work out the answers for us!

We'll use the History Machine to crunch a database of wins, losses, casualties and other variables in the history of warfare. This provides us with comparative results about armies, commanders and units that we can use to back up claims, discuss upsets and see who stands out from the crowd.

History Machine Podcast Niall & Cathal

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Niall and Cathal here, we’re two Irish guys with an interest in history and a way with numbers. The idea for this podcast came from us having a lot of notions and a few historic ideas.

Our shared interest in military history led us to ask questions like:

"Which was the best army?"

"Who was the best commander?"

or "Can a good general redeem a bad army?"

But how can you answer those questions without doing extensive research and speculation into each army and individual general? Well, we created a neural network (the History Machine!) to work out the answers for us!

We'll use the History Machine to crunch a database of wins, losses, casualties and other variables in the history of warfare. This provides us with comparative results about armies, commanders and units that we can use to back up claims, discuss upsets and see who stands out from the crowd.

    History Machine Podcast Episode 21: Pompey & Caesar

    History Machine Podcast Episode 21: Pompey & Caesar

    For the third and final Pompey episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall return to discuss Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. Tune in to learn about the love hate relationship between the two most powerful men in Rome with help from the neural network AI: History Machine.

    Tune in for the too strange for fiction ending of the one and only, Pompey the Great.

    • 2 hrs 35 min
    History Machine Podcast Episode 20: Pompey the Great

    History Machine Podcast Episode 20: Pompey the Great

    For the second Pompey episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall return to discuss the next stage of the titanic military career of Pompey the Great. Tune in to learn about the swashbuckling Mediterranean campaign and the Alexander the Great like conquering of Asia with help from the neural network AI: History Machine.

    Tune in for the second part of an in depth analysis of one of the most complex men in Roman history: Pompey the Great.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    History Machine Podcast Episode 19: Pompey

    History Machine Podcast Episode 19: Pompey

    For the first ever listener-voted episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall return to ancient Rome to discuss Pompey, the great rival of Julius Caesar. Tune in to learn about the larger than life personality and logistical genius of Pompey with help from the neural network AI: History Machine.

    Tune in for the first part of an in depth analysis of one of the most complex men in Roman history: Pompey the Great. 

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    History Machine Podcast Bonus Episode 3: Infantry

    History Machine Podcast Bonus Episode 3: Infantry

    For the third bonus episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall discuss ancient and classical infantry. They discuss exactly what it is, its developments, usages, changes over time and importance to an army.

    Tune in for an introduction to infantry in the classical world.

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    History Machine Podcast Episode 18: Constantine

    History Machine Podcast Episode 18: Constantine

    For this episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall return to discuss the life and times of Constantine the Great. After the death of Aurelian, the end of the third century brings radical changes to the Roman empire. There are political intrigues, military blunders, miraculous events and even more to learn with help from the neural network AI: History Machine.

    Tune in to learn about the next stage of the Roman Empire and the introduction of Christianity into the Roman world.

    • 2 hrs 35 min
    History Machine Podcast Episode 17: Late Rome

    History Machine Podcast Episode 17: Late Rome

    For the most ambitious episode of the History Machine Podcast to date, Cathal and Niall return to discuss the decline of the Roman Empire. After the end of the Julio Claudian dynasty, the vacuum of power is quickly filled by several candidates. Over the centuries, the Empire changes and with it various problems arise. As the crisis of the third century comes to it's climax, one extraordinary leader does what they can to pull it all back together. With new Caesars, Augustus, the rise of the Sassanids and the decline of the Roman Empire and more with help from the neural network AI: History Machine. Tune in to the first part of the end of an era.

    • 2 hrs 23 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

meabhmx ,

Best history podcast I have ever listened to!

This podcast is the perfect listen for any history nerd! With a brilliant breakdown of military general’s achievements and failings in an innovative unique way along with two highly knowledgeable and entertaining hosts this podcast is the perfect blend of past, present and future!

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