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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

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New episodes come out Thursdays for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

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    The Fall of Mycenaean Greece and the Trojan War

    The Fall of Mycenaean Greece and the Trojan War

    This episode comes out for free on 09/29, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    Mycenaean Greece was one of the glittering jewels of the late Bronze Age world, but it fell to pieces in dramatic fashion: burned palaces, abandoned settlements, and the end of a centuries-old political tradition. Nor was Greece the only place in the Aegean to suffer: On the Asian side of the sea, a city we know as Troy was among those destroyed at this time. Was this the context that, centuries later, gave rise to Homer's famous tale of the Trojan War?

    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge

    How Ancient Economies Fell Apart: Interview with Professor Sarah Murray

    How Ancient Economies Fell Apart: Interview with Professor Sarah Murray

    We're often told that trade was central to the interconnected world of the late Bronze Age, but what were people really trading? Why did trade matter so much? And what happened when that trade disappeared? Professor Sarah Murray is an archaeologist and an expert on the economy of Mycenaean Greece - and how and why it fell apart.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 57 min
    What was the Bronze Age Collapse?

    What was the Bronze Age Collapse?

    The term "Bronze Age Collapse" is by now common, but what do we actually mean when we talk about "collapse?" Is it a matter of political reorganization or something rather more drastic? In the case of the Bronze Age, we have a copious material and written record to help us understand what actually happened around 1200 BC, and how it affected the people who lived through it - and didn't.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 41 min
    Clashing Empires in the Late Bronze Age

    Clashing Empires in the Late Bronze Age

    The late Bronze Age was a time of powerful empires and intense competition between them. Never before had true states covered such a large area, or had such resources to devote to politicking and fighting with one another. The result was war on a scale never before seen in human history.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 42 min
    Living as a Regular Person in Ancient Egypt: Interview with Professor Anne Austin

    Living as a Regular Person in Ancient Egypt: Interview with Professor Anne Austin

    What was it like to be a regular person in ancient Egypt? What did people do when they got sick or injured? Professor Anne Austin is an Egyptologist and bioarchaeologist who studies health and disease using both texts and human remains, allowing us to answer questions about the bodily experience of ancient life in ways we never thought possible. 




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




    Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

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    • 48 min
    The Interconnected World of the Late Bronze Age

    The Interconnected World of the Late Bronze Age

    We know the late Bronze Age world eventually collapsed, but what made it a world in the first place? The answer lies in the intense connections - trade, politics, and culture - that tied together a vast area of the ancient world, from Mycenaean Greece to Elamite Iran and the Caucasus Mountains to the Upper Nile in Nubia.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

barlin60 ,

Great history

Thoughtfully presented, the host has clearly taken the time to research the topics in detail and then distills that information to make it accessible and engaging for the interested non-expert.

Jer_321 ,

Great format - really professional

It’s surprisingly hard to find very good history podcasts (mainly because they are such hard work). This is one of the best.

Marf1009 ,

Not a bad show but:

It has recently decided that it’s the most important podcast in my feed and by post dating episodes it ensures it’s always the first podcast I see. That’s an unsubscribing offence 👎🏻

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