A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!
The Storm Before The Storm: Chapter 1- The Beasts of Italy
Audio excerpt from The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. Forthcoming Oct. 24, 2017. Pre-order a copy today!
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Update- One Year Later
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179- The End
The history of The History of Rome...Why the Western Empire Fell when it did...Some thoughts on the future...Thank you, goodnight.
178- Not With A Bang But A Whimper
In the last few years of the Western Empire a series of Emperors came and went. The cycle finally ended in 476 with the exile of Romulus Augustulus.
177- The Burning Ships
In 468 the two halves of the Empire combined forces to dislodge the Vandals from North Africa.They failed spectacularly.
Best Roman History I have heard
I was totally turned on to Riman history by Dan Carlin's podcast, which I listend to after hiking Hadrian's Wall. This is the deep dive into the Insanity of Empire that I was looking for. Bonus! It's done, so you can binge it in it's completness. Currently waiting for the Russian Revolution to complete on his follow up podcast 'Revolutions' which I also highly recomend.
Do not recommend
I have only been using apple podcasts for about a month now, but I love it. This was one of the first podcasts I discovered, and I am so glad I did. I already love world history, and in particular the Romans, but there were several distinct time periods I knew nothing about, such as the Seven Kings period. The way that Mike Duncan explains it is easy to follow and easy to listen to and unless you deliberately skip an episode, you can pretty much follow exactly what is going on, particularly because he goes really in depth from many different angles, and in the beginning of almost every episode he explains what has happened briefly in the previous episode, making it practically impossible to become lost in the show. Each episode is also a good length, being generally 15-20 minutes in the earlier episodes, and 20-25 minutes in the later episodes. He also makes funny jokes from time to time, which can be a nice brain cleanser during a particularly serious or meaty part. On a last note, I absolutely love how Duncan finds to go in depth on the biography of a particular individual, which provides a lot of appreciated context in a situation where a certain individual is of particular importance. In conclusion, Mike Duncan writes a great script, and reads it so well that it makes listening to episode after episode an honest addiction.