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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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    Daily Life and Common People in Egypt's New Kingdom

    Daily Life and Common People in Egypt's New Kingdom

    This episode comes out for free on 08/18, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    When we think about ancient Egypt, the vast majority of our attention goes to its elite: pharaohs, queens, priests, and nobles. But the elite made up only the tiniest portion of the population. What about the people who built the pyramids, royal tombs, great temples, and palaces? What can we know about them? A great deal, as it turns out.

    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

    Why Did the Bronze Age World Collapse? Interview with Professor Eric Cline

    Why Did the Bronze Age World Collapse? Interview with Professor Eric Cline

    If we know one thing about the Bronze Age world, we know that it collapsed. But what made it a world? And why did it fall apart? There's nobody better to ask than Professor Eric Cline, who literally wrote the book - 1177 BC - on the end of the Bronze Age.




    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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    Kings, Images, and Violence in Ancient Egypt: Interview with Professor Laurel Bestock

    Kings, Images, and Violence in Ancient Egypt: Interview with Professor Laurel Bestock

    Kings are one of the constants of ancient Egypt's long history. But what, exactly, were kings supposed to do, and how did ancient Egyptians understand the role of their king? Professor Laurel Bestock is one of the world's leading experts on the institution of kingship in ancient Egypt, as well as an experienced archaeologist, and she brings several fascinating viewpoints to help us understand the central role of the pharaoh.




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    Egypt's New Kingdom: Empire, Religious Change, and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

    Egypt's New Kingdom: Empire, Religious Change, and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

    Egypt's New Kingdom lasted for more than 400 years. In that time, Egypt changed dramatically, weathering ups, downs, and turmoil of all kinds. Much of that turmoil centered around a religious visionary who also happened to be pharaoh: Akhenaten, father of the famous Tutankhamun, whose incredible tomb and less-than-impressive reign was a reflection of those unsettled times.

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    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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    The Rise of Egypt's New Kingdom

    The Rise of Egypt's New Kingdom

    Most of what we think we know about ancient Egypt is actually things we know about the New Kingdom, the last of Egypt's three classical golden ages: an empire stretching into the Near East and Nubia, warrior kings leading armies of chariots, the lavish tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and the well-preserved faces of royal mummies.




    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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    Lost Landscapes of the Ancient Pacific: Interview with Professor Mike Carson

    Lost Landscapes of the Ancient Pacific: Interview with Professor Mike Carson

    Sea levels rise, hills erode, and rivers change course over decades and centuries, dramatically affecting how people choose to live in their landscapes. Professor Mike Carson is an expert in the study of archaeological landscapes in the ancient Pacific, and his work has provided incredible insights into how the ancient speakers of the Austronesian languages saw and lived in their world.  




    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.7K Ratings

5.7K Ratings

e anthony b ,

Brilliant and endlessly fun

Tides of History brings enthusiasm, good humor, and patience to its listeners- don’t sleep on the interview episodes either where Patrick’s enthusiasm for the subject at hand is matched by top quality guests that he obviously has a blast talking to. His respect for the subjects and insistence on differing view points is also an asset, with careful explanations of new ways of thinking about history that at times challenge the conventional wisdom in the field- for the better.

delenda est Carthago ,

Excellent narrative history

Patrick does his research. Presents multiple angles and interpretation of events. And he does all this with really good narration. I would go so far as to say almost immersive. I can’t wait to see what he does after prehistory.

Melanie Hingle ,

Entertaining, educational, excellent

Great stories, narrator, and topics — thanks 👏🙌👊

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