LATEST SERIES: Thea (T Episodes) - tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire
The Ancient World - from the earliest human civilizations down through 500 BC
Rediscovery (R Episodes) - the stories of the modern scholars and adventurers who rediscovered the ancient world
Bloodline (B Episodes) - tracing the descendants of Mark Antony and Cleopatra over ten generations
Episode S5 – Ordeal by Fire
Synopsis: In the 4th century AD, the Ethiopian kingdom of Axum converted to Christianity even as the neighboring Himyarites of Yemen converted to Judaism. Centuries later, Axum’s invasion of Yemen to stop the persecution of Christians triggered a conflict with Persia. Map of the kingdoms […]
Episode S4 – Children of the Moon
Synopsis: The Sabaeans and Himyarites leveraged their control over south Arabian aromatics into a lucrative trade that spanned the ancient world. The region’s remoteness, wealth and active diplomacy afforded some protection from the powerful empires who frequently dominated the north. Map of the Arabian Peninsula:http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Yemen.jpg
Episode S3 – Queen Mavia
Synopsis: A century after Queen Zenobia, another Syrian Arab warrior queen rises to challenge the power or Rome – and succeeds. The story of Queen Mavia of the Tanukh. “Mavia, queen of the Saracens, had begun to convulse the villages and towns on the border […]
Episode T18 – Tigranes
Synopsis: The death of King Philip I marks the official end of the Seleucid line. Invited by the Antiochenes to rule them, King Tigranes II of Armenia proceeds to conquer all of Syria – including Cleopatra Selene’s stronghold of Ptolemais-Akko. But Tigranes’ refusal to abandon […]
Episode T17 – The Sons of Grypus
Synopsis: With Rome encroaching from the north and south, the sons of Grypus battle Parthians, usurpers and local powers to keep their hold on Syria. “As he lingered on the banks of the Euphrates, (Sulla) received a visit from Orobazus, a Parthian, who came as […]
Episode T16 – The Sons of Thea
Synopsis: While the Ptolemies intrigue in Coele Syria, Antiochus VIII Grypus and his half-brother Antiochus IX Cyzicenus struggle for seventeen years to win control of the north. After the rivals die in quick succession, the kingdom comes under control of Seleucus VI and Demetrius III, […]
Very nice podcast
Just enjoy the great stories from a era long gone...
Eindelijk weer een nieuwe leuke en interessante geschiedenis podcast. Een aanrader!
Good story, great style
Scott presents a story that is easy enough to understand for the novice, but detailled enough to remain interesting. As it is, the podcast is a great introduction to a period of history that a lot of people barely know anything about. Unfortunately, like a lot of older history there is an extreme focus on kings and wars while little attention is given to the lives of ordinary people.