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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 • 49 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.

    Brexit 1.0: Rome Abandons Britain | 401AD-410AD

    Brexit 1.0: Rome Abandons Britain | 401AD-410AD

    After nearly four centuries of Roman rule, the Roman Empire decides to abandon Britain in circa 410AD, initiating the near century long chaos of "Sub-Roman Britain." Sub-Roman Britain is known best for the vacuum of power it created, as well as the rise of the Anglo-Saxsons in Britain. We also meet a most singular figure, the notoriously charismatic Alaric I: The Scourge of Rome, that would go on to sacking the city of Rome itself!

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Alaric I Sacks Rome | 411AD-420AD

    Alaric I Sacks Rome | 411AD-420AD

    Alaric I – the first king of the Visigoths – is maneuvering for what is his impending sacking of Rome – the first time in over eight centuries! While Sub-Roman Britain is experiencing the chaos that the newest power vacuum creates with the Roman Empire no longer present to administer order.

    Alaric I & The Sacking of Rome

    In the apogee of Alaric I’s story, he is awaiting his moment to strike. For years now, this Roman trained Goth warrior has awaited what is long overdue to him, receiving his station of “Master of Soldiers.”

    Alaric I and his Goth army served the Roman military with tremendous battlefield distinction at tremendous cost. In doing so, Alaric was both promised this office and clearly earned it in spades.



    At every turn Alaric was denied his due – the product of Roman insider political squabbles. Alaric’s patience has run short, and the city of Rome will settle the outstanding debt.

    Alaric I in his quest to receive the title of “Master of Soldiers” is not a matter of individual glory. It is that billet’s benefit to his army that he holds so dear.

    Alaric becoming Master of Soldiers entitles him to receiving large quantities of grain and gold at the expense of the Roman government. This bounty both feeds and pays the forces under his command. It is no small prize. Alaric will achieve both ends – even if that requires invading and plundering the Eternal City itself.



    Alaric is biding his time in the Balkans, taking great care to choose his moment well. The city of Rome is clear in his crosshairs.

    The Western Roman Empire’s leadership, despite feeling the tip of the sword of Damocles just above their heads, is still seemingly more interested in fighting each other. In doing so, they’re throwing open the city gates of Rome to Alaric I.

    With this unfathomable state of affairs, Alaric is poised to do something that hasn’t been done in over eight centuries.



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    Meet the Huns: History’s Perfect Enigma | 351AD-360AD



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    How Did The Library of Alexandria Actually Burn Down? | 391AD-400AD



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    Why Did The Roman Economy Fail In The Third Century? | 251AD-260AD







    Sub-Roman Britain: Here Comes the Angles, Saxons & Jutes!

    In returning to Sub-Roman Britain, we are encountering the knowledge black hole that period represents for historians. Patrick explores the salient historical legends originating from that period, reflecting what historians know to be the paramount conflict in this newest chapter of Britain’s history. 



    The Angles, Saxons and Jutes are making their way from the continent. With the Romans having recently abandoned Britannia, the native Britons are not pleased to welcome these newcomers…

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    Attila the Hun: P.1 The Early Years | 421AD-430AD

    Attila the Hun: P.1 The Early Years | 421AD-430AD

    Attila the Hun, as infamous and mysterious as the Huns themselves, is now coming onto the historical scene. Though Attila certainly did not emerge out of nowhere. His youth and initial rearing playing a significant role for the figure history has come to know.



    Attila the Hun Formative Years & Emperor Honorius

    We also take a look at someone who went down as Rome’s worst emperor, one Emperor Honorius. Was Honorius truly deserving of this historical stigma? When you consider some of Honorius’ predecessors, that is one hell of a statement. We will explore if indeed he is deserving of that title.



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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Oppenheimer: Did Nolan Nail the History? | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Oppenheimer: Did Nolan Nail the History? | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Oppenheimer (2023) is one of the few exceptions of Hollywood getting the history right in a major blockbuster. How did Christopher Nolan do it, and what did he miss? We sit down to break down this mammoth cinematic experience, and the historical ground breaking events it seeks to depict.

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    Attila the Hun: P.2 In Power | 431AD-440AD

    Attila the Hun: P.2 In Power | 431AD-440AD

    Attila the Hun, for all of his known military prowess, little discussed is how he conducted himself as a political entity. What was he like as king? How did he present himself to his people and foreign envoys alike? What message was he trying to convey about himself as ruler? We also look at the tip of his military innovations in this episode.

    Saint Patrick, aside from Saint Nicholas, is perhaps the most widely recognized saints on the popular level in the Western world by Roman Catholics and non-Roman Catholics alike. Yet, what did he do in Ireland that has since won him such notoriety on such a wide scale? There is no question that the future of Ireland itself continues to be deeply influenced by Patrick all of these centuries later.

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    Napoleon (2023): Ridley Scott's Historical Hit Piece | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Napoleon (2023): Ridley Scott's Historical Hit Piece | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

    Napoleon (2023) is a historical epic biopic that despite its many failures, surely does not fail to provoke a reasonably strong reaction for even the casual observer or student of history. Ridley Scott - Napoleon's director and producer - is no stranger to this genre of film throughout the stretch of his legendary career. Napoleon may well be Scott's most controversial, and for those who desire a modicum of historical accuracy in their historical films, Scott's most disappointing. Indeed, Ridley Scott's depiction of Napoleon Bonaparte in this movie could in all fairness be deemed unambiguous character assassination.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 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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