Exploring the mysteries and myths of the ancient world.
Could an Ancient Fighter Defeat Jon Jones?
Would a fighter from the ancient Mediterranean world stand a chance against today's greatest champion in a no holds barred contest? I dive into the history of mixed martial arts in ancient Greece and examine the key factors to consider in this timeless debate.
Where is the Lost Ark of the Covenant?
The Ark of the Covenant, which allegedly held the stone tablets of the 10 Commandments, was among the holiest (and most feared) objects of ancient history. We look at the story of the Ark and what may have happened to it on the week of the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic Indiana Jones film "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The Unique Army that Defeated Sparta (w/ James Romm)
The Sacred Band was an elite fighting force responsible for the rise of Thebes as the Greek superpower in the 4th century BC. According to ancient sources, it was also formed of 150 pairs of adult male lovers. I talk to historian and author James Romm about the origins and eventual defeat of the Sacred Band of Thebes.
The Greatest Hero of All (w/ Emma Stafford)
Heracles (aka Hercules) was known as the greatest of all the Greek heroes. I talk to the world's leading expert in Heracles mythology Emma Stafford about who the hero was and what he meant to the people of the ancient world.
Wait...is Everything We Thought About Sparta a Lie? (w/ Myke Cole)
I talk to author and intelligence professional Myke Cole about his provocative upcoming book "The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy".
Why & How I Started Ancient Heroes
A lot of people have asked me about my background and how I got into studying ancient history, podcasting, etc. so I dive into all of that in the latest episode of the show.
I love this podcast! It’s so interesting and Patrick is well spoken and goes out of his way to have all the facts.
This is an excellent podcast. Each episode is thoroughly researched and typically supported by highly knowledgeable guests. Just as importantly, the presentation is thoughtful and balanced. Recommended!
Interesting new podcast
Very thorough discussion of different aspects of Alexander's adventures and personality; gets fresh input from a variety of experts, including Patrick himself. I feel as though my knowledge of Alexander has increased dramatically as a result of listening!