232 episodes

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 Oracle of Delphi

    The Oracle of Delphi

    "If Croesus goes to war he will destroy a great empire." That was the prophecy the Oracle of Delphi delivered to the Lydian King - she just left out that fact it was his own empire that would be destroyed.
    Known as the Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi was the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Responsible for delivering divine prophecy to those that visited her - she was one of the most revered women in antiquity. In this episode, Tristan is joined by classicist and author Dr Garrett Ryan to talk all things prophecy. With fainting sheep, and godly intervention, was the Oracle really high on fumes - or is that a modern misconception?
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    • 44 min
    The Maya Calendar: Debunking the Apocalypse

    The Maya Calendar: Debunking the Apocalypse

    One of the most famous, and sophisticated, cultures of Mesoamerica, why are the Maya known only for predicting the end of the world?
    In the first episode of our new mini series 'The Ancient Americas', Tristan is joined by Professor Matthew Restall from Penn State University to help debunk the idea of a Maya Apocalypse. Together, Tristan and Matthew take a look at where this idea of an apocalypse originated from, and why our modern conceptions of the Maya calendar are incorrect. A civilisation known for it's mathematical advancements, beautifully coloured buildings, and with Maya peoples still alive today - there's more to the Maya than we know.
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    • 41 min
    Hannibal vs Rome: Hannibal's Greatest Victory

    Hannibal vs Rome: Hannibal's Greatest Victory

    One of the most studied military victories in history, and arguably one of the worst Roman defeats - what went wrong for the Romans at Cannae?
    In our final episode in the Hannibal mini-series, Dr Louis Rawlings explains just what happened at Cannae in 216BCE, and why that battle is still so important today.
    With 50,000 Romans dead, 20,000 captured, and only 10,000 managing to escape - Cannae is truly Hannibal's greatest victory. Using tactics that are still studied and used in modern military academies and in the field, Cannae demonstrates the importance of knowing your terrain, dividing forces - and never underestimating an enemy that's smaller than you.
    Previous Episodes
    Hannibal vs Rome: Terror at Trasimene (Episode 1)
    Hannibal vs Rome: The Road to Cannae (Episode 2)
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    • 31 min
    Hannibal vs Rome: The Road to Cannae

    Hannibal vs Rome: The Road to Cannae

    One of the greatest military commanders in history - it's no wonder Hannibal and Rome so frequently fought.
    In the second episode of our Hannibal mini-series, Tristan is once again joined by Dr Louis Rawlings from Cardiff University to examine Hannibal's movements and clashes post-Trasimene.
    Looking at the Roman reaction to their second defeat and what happened next, why are these 10 months so important? With horses bathing in vinegar, famed military strategies, and animals being sacrificed - what happened on the road to Cannae?
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    • 32 min
    Yorkshire's Roman Mystery: The Ryedale Hoard

    Yorkshire's Roman Mystery: The Ryedale Hoard

    In May 2020, four unique Roman artefacts were unearthed near Ampleforth, North Yorkshire by two amateur metal detectorists. A bronze bust that is thought to depict Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, a beautifully crafted horse, and a one of a kind figurine of the Roman god Mars, to name a few.
    But who buried these beautiful artefacts - and what can they tell us about life in Roman Britain? In this episode Tristan takes a special behind the scenes look at one of Roman Britain's greatest mysteries: the Ryedale Hoard - now on display in the Yorkshire Museum.
    To learn more about these mysterious objects, Tristan is joined by Yorkshire Museum curator Dr Lucy Creighton and metal detectorist Mark Didlick - who along with friend James Spark found the hoard buried in a field two years ago.
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    • 29 min
    Hannibal vs Rome: Terror at Trasimene

    Hannibal vs Rome: Terror at Trasimene

    Towards the beginning of the Second Punic War on 21 June 217 BC, a Carthaginian force under Hannibal launched a vicious ambush on a Roman army commanded by Gaius Flaminius.
    The resulting battle, at Lake Trasimene in Italy, saw a complete capitulation of the Roman forces - with thousands of legionaries meeting their end at the bottom of the blood-sopped waters.
    In this episode - part of our special miniseries on Hannibal's wars with Rome - Tristan is joined by Dr Louis Rawlings from Cardiff University to discover more about the terror of Trasimene.
    Produced by Annie Coloe. Edited by Aidan Lonergan.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
792 Ratings

792 Ratings

MegBla ,

Superlative Podcast

I love this series, awesome job! Keep up the excellent work. Tristan you’re wonderful host. The Hannibal episode was epic!! Thank you! I’m listening to The origins of civilizations and that was fantastic too, with Nam Kim. Thanks, the mini series on Caesar and Brutus were great narration and story telling. I learned a lot. Tristan your questions are poignant and spot on. I loved the Homo Sapien episode. It was magnificent, thank you. I really enjoyed the episodes with Dr. Rawlings too; it’s great story telling and interesting.

Sean O'Skea ,

Fantastic

I recently discovered the History Hit family and am so impressed with all thier programs. I came across the Ancients first as a lot of my BBC histroy shows went on summer breaks and one show led to another. They are all fantastic especilly for a small production company.

bteague0511 ,

Absolutely love it

I love the podcast. Everyone involved goes into extreme depth and provides the listener with more than enough knowledge about ancient events and historical figures.

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