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A podcast for all ancient history fans! The Ancients is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Featuring interviews with historians and archaeologists, each episode covers a specific theme from antiquity. From Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome. Hosted by Tristan Hughes. 

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A podcast for all ancient history fans! The Ancients is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Featuring interviews with historians and archaeologists, each episode covers a specific theme from antiquity. From Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome. Hosted by Tristan Hughes. 

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    The Ark of the Covenant

    The Ark of the Covenant

    The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most famous, yet mysterious, objects mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. This special box that held the sacred 10 Commandments, written by God himself.

    But what exactly was it? What stories are told about it? And, most intriguingly of all, what happened to it? Tristan Hughes visits the University of Cardiff and Dr Dylan Johnson to find out.

    Presented by Tristan Hughes. The producer is Joseph Knight, audio editor is Aidan Lonergan. The senior producer is Anne-Marie Luff.

    Origins of the Celts

    Origins of the Celts

    The Celts are an ancient people shrouded in mystery and intrigue. In the minds of most people the word ‘Celt’ refers to the people of Iron Age Britain, or the ferocious Galatians of central Turkey. But the original Celts were very different. They settled in places like southern France and northern Italy and came into direct contact with the Etruscans and the Greeks. So what do we know about these Iron Age Celts and their early Celtic world? 
    In today’s episode of The Ancients, Tristan Hughes is joined by Dr. Rachel Pope to decode and decipher the origins of the Celts. Together they explore how these early Iron Age Celts spread from their ancestral lands in central France and how their unique Celtic culture evolved down the centuries, culminating with their sacking of Rome in the early 4th century BC. 
    This episode was produced by Joseph Knight and edited by Aidan Lonergan.
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    • 49 min
    Moses & The Exodus

    Moses & The Exodus

    The story of Moses and the Exodus is one of the oldest and most well known in history. It is full of instantly recognisable episodes like the parting of the Red Sea, the ten plagues of Egypt, and the burning bush but it is also foundational to many modern-day faiths. So today we’re asking what does the historical and archaeological record reveal about this epic biblical narrative?
    In this episode of The Ancients - the second in our Old Testament mini-series - Tristan Hughes is joined by Dr. Dylan Johnson to delve deep into the history of the ancient Israelites, to explore whether Moses was a real historical figure and to discover what historical parallels may have inspired the Exodus origin story. 
    This episode was edited by Aidan Lonergan and produced by Joseph Knight
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    • 44 min
    The Parthians

    The Parthians

    The Parthians were heavyweights of ancient Mesopotamia. Hailing from what is now modern day Iran, they charged onto the scene by destroying the Seleucid Empire and became one of Rome’s most formidable enemies. They are perhaps most famous for capturing Crassus - Rome’s spider-like tycoon - at the Battle of Carrhae, and pouring gold down his throat. But what else do we know about them?
    In today’s episode of The Ancients, Tristan Hughes is joined by Dr Adrian Goldsworthy to explore who the Parthians really were, to delve into what the sources can tell us about them, and to discover how these horse-warriors managed to forge a superpower-like empire that stretched from the northern reaches of the Euphrates to the Hindu Kush. 
     This episode was produced by Joseph Knight and edited by Max Carrey.
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    • 54 min
    Noah's Ark and the Flood

    Noah's Ark and the Flood

    The Ancients launches a new miniseries exploring the stories, people, objects and kingdoms central to the Old Testament's narrative.
    There was only one place to start and it's not "In the beginning..."
    The story of the Flood in the Book of Genesis is well known, where God conjured up a great flood to kill off all of humanity for their wicked behaviour. Except for Noah, whom God ordered to construct a massive boat and fill it with 2 of every animal. When the flood came, Noah, his family and the animals survived on board the Ark.
    The story of Noah and the Ark is not only embedded in the Bible, however, but it's also central to parts of the Quran and central to Judaism. The origins of the story stretch way back beyond the Old Testament to Mesopotamia.
    Tristan Hughes heads to the British Museum to explore this Mesopotamian myth with Dr Irving Finkel who made a discovery which turned the world of Assyriology - and his life - on its head. They discuss who was Noah to the Mesopotamians? What did they do with the animals? And what was the shape and design of THIS great ark?
    This episode was presented by Tristan Hughes. The producer was Joseph Knight, edited by Peter Dennis and Aidan Lonergan. 
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    • 59 min
    The Fall of Mark Antony: From Caesar to Cleopatra

    The Fall of Mark Antony: From Caesar to Cleopatra

    After the death of his patron Julius Caesar, the Roman world was Mark Antony’s for the taking. His triumph over Caesar’s assassins at Phillipi in 42 BC only served to cement his legendary status as Rome’s most feared commander. But then came Octavian and Cleopatra…
    In this episode of The Ancients - the second, and final part of our special series on the life of Mark Antony - Tristan is once again joined by Professor Jeff Tatum to discuss how Antony filled the power vacuum left by Caesar’s assassination. They then retell and assess his fight for power with Rome’s latest young upstart, Octavian and the fateful events that led to his demise at the court of Cleopatra.
    This episode was produced by Joseph Knight and edited by Peter Dennis. 
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Kayjen99 ,

How to Survive in Rome

Fascinating details about daily life. I really enjoyed this episode and would love to hear a series about daily life in other civilisations where this level of detail is known. Thank you!

Anna Claire T ,

Loving the paleoanthropology and prehistory episodes!

I used to listen to the ancients as I was going to sleep as Roland’s voice is calm and easy on the ears. But lately have been getting absolutely hooked on the paleoanthropology episodes, and fascinated by the human pre-history topics from around the world. Well-measured storytelling, dealing in facts and evidence, and with interviews from the world-leading people involved in the discoveries and research of the topics.
Highly recommended

edders* ,

A new favourite

I stumbled across this podcast about 6 months ago while looking for something new to listen to. I was immediately taken in! It’s now on my favourite podcast rotation and I look forward to new episodes. I’ve learnt so much already! Thanks Tristan and the team!

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