54 episodes

Have you ever wondered about all the history we’ve missed? The amazing figures that are seemingly forgotten, incredible events passed over, or what a picture of true world history actually looks like? Or how history played out in the eyes of those who lived it and made it? The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history, in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; trying to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known, but in no way less significant aspects of history, A.D. History seeks to identify the many disparate threads that weave the fuller, richer tapestry of history from around the world.

A.D. History Podcast Paul K. DiCostanzo, Patrick Foote

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    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

Have you ever wondered about all the history we’ve missed? The amazing figures that are seemingly forgotten, incredible events passed over, or what a picture of true world history actually looks like? Or how history played out in the eyes of those who lived it and made it? The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history, in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; trying to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known, but in no way less significant aspects of history, A.D. History seeks to identify the many disparate threads that weave the fuller, richer tapestry of history from around the world.

    A History of Christian Persecutions in Rome & Founding San Marino | 301AD-310AD

    A History of Christian Persecutions in Rome & Founding San Marino | 301AD-310AD

    In this first episode of season four of the A.D. History Podcast, we begin laying the foundations for the monumental leap forward Christianity is about to experience under the rule of Constantine. However, Constantine is not in power yet... Indeed before Christianity is to enjoy the fruits of it's most powerful benefactor thus far in our show, much darker times are ahead. Namely in the form of an individual we have become very familiar with in our show, one Emperor Diocletian who undertakes perhaps the most systematic repression against Christianity throughout the history of Rome itself.

    We also have the opportunity to travel subject wise into a history of a country many of us at least know exists, but in general know very little about. In our final segment for this episode, Patrick discusses the history of the micro state San Marino, whose history in fact initially hails from this very decade in question.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Curious Case of Constantine and Christianity | 311AD-320AD

    The Curious Case of Constantine and Christianity | 311AD-320AD

    How Roman Emperor Constantine became Christian, and his experience at the Battle of Milvian Bridge is a historical enigma we seek to solve.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    The Council of Nicaea: Fact Vs. Fiction | 321AD-330AD

    The Council of Nicaea: Fact Vs. Fiction | 321AD-330AD

    The First Council of Nicaea in 325AD is perhaps the ecumenical council many people know best, however due to the work of Dan Brown many have strong misconceptions of what actually happened there. The First Council of Nicaea was a three month show down formally called by the newly converted Emperor Constantine. The most important question wrangled with during that meeting was determining the exact divine nature of Jesus. Was Jesus God? Or was he separate from God? It is a point not all of Christianity even agrees upon today.



    In our final segment, Patrick discusses with us the first major steps of founding the Gupta Empire on the Indian subcontinent. The Guptas would become an eminent power on the subcontinent for the next three centuries. Moreover, many people consider this Gupta period as the great golden age of Indian civilization. We learn more.



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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Why Was Constantine So Great? | 331AD-340AD

    Why Was Constantine So Great? | 331AD-340AD

    Emperor Constantine has long been called “The Great,” but why? How is it that a Roman Emperor who died 1,700 years ago still has his fingerprints all over our modern world?

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Day Santa Claus Died | 341AD-350AD

    The Day Santa Claus Died | 341AD-350AD

    Saint Nicholas is the main, real life individual upon which the figure of Santa Claus is based - who dies in 343AD. But who was he? What made Nicholas so special that we live with his legacy to this day within the fictional character of Santa Claus? Did he even exist? The real life Nicholas knew the beaches of the Eastern Mediterranean far better than the North Pole. He is credited with what we might call modern miracles, and was second to none when it came to his beard. We look to find the actual saint from the popular fictional character, and find the man in the saint.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Gladiator (2000): A Historical Fever Dream | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Gladiator (2000): A Historical Fever Dream | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator (2000) starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix is an era defining film, but as history goes it is totally off the rails. Is it historical fiction? Speculative history? Alternate History? Total bullocks? Does it even matter? As a popcorn epic, Gladiator is only concerned with one question: "Are you not entertained?!"

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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Zippy Greff ,

Wonderful!

One of my favorite podcasts.

Kuzenskif ,

Very ambitious history talk project

I just discovered this podcast while searching for “Wang Many” and so started at the very beginning. It’s a wonderful way to trip through time.
Ever click on a year entry in Wikipedia and keep clicking next - next - next watching the years flow by?
The two are good conversationalists and good researchers. “The past is a foreign country” - they have a philosophy of not judging too harshly the strangeness of previous cultures.
It is going to take a very long time, but it’s going to be a crazy experience to hear them flow from the Roman Empire (and plenty of other continent’s civilizations and people) to the modern world.

hackermanleo ,

Fascinating + Insightful

I just began listening after Patrick mentioned it on Name Explain and I was hooked! I’ve binged my way through season 1 and just started season 2. I had graduated college spring 2020 and finding this podcast has helped me scratch my learning itch that I’ve missed. PKD and Patrick have a great dynamic duo with similar yet different background and they provide an interesting way of storytelling. History and the past really is like a different country and them narrating the highlights enlightens me while I drive or while I’m at work. I want to support so this is my glowing 5 star review with the hopes this podcasts keeps succeeding! Can’t wait for season 3 and beyond!

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