32 episodes

Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

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    • 5.0 • 65 Ratings

Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

    Underrated Overrated: The Gettysburg Address Part 2

    Underrated Overrated: The Gettysburg Address Part 2

    In Part 2, I cover the speech itself, line by line, why it’s remarkable all by itself and why its legacy is even more so. It is hard to understate the impact of Lincoln himself and this speech in particular on how America still remembers the war and why it was fought.
     

    • 58 min
    Remembering the 5th New York Infantry Regiment: "Duryee's Zouaves"

    Remembering the 5th New York Infantry Regiment: "Duryee's Zouaves"

    The 5th New York Infantry Regiment "Zouaves" were drawn, dressed, and drilled for success in the American Civil War. A volunteer company that drew as many college graduates and businessmen as it did dock and factory workers, it was destined to briefly show its greatness... and then disappear. On this Memorial Day, I tell their story to honor their service and ultimate sacrifice.

    • 56 min
    Underrated Overrated: The Gettysburg Address Part 1

    Underrated Overrated: The Gettysburg Address Part 1

    Many of us in America know a few phrases of it here and there because we all had to read it in
    high school. We know it was a good speech, totally reaffirming freedom while honoring war dead, yadda yadda. But lost in the cliches is how significant it was that Lincoln was able to make such a speech at such a time, and make it stick. He had a LOT riding against people even taking the speech seriously, let alone holding it up later as an example of everything America stands for. In part 1, I explain why.

    • 43 min
    Arminius and the Triumph of the Teutoburg Forest

    Arminius and the Triumph of the Teutoburg Forest

    All appeared well as the Romans had the “pacification” of modern-day Germany underway in A.D. 9. The early Principate Roman Army had driven the “barbarians” before it, as it had done many times before. Then revolt stirred and Rome relied on a charismatic German prince, raised as a hostage and then proven auxiliary commander in Roman civilization, to help reaffirm the Empire’s authority in his country…

    • 58 min
    Aterui: The Guerrilla Who Helped Create the Samurai

    Aterui: The Guerrilla Who Helped Create the Samurai

    The image of the samurai is almost synonymous with Japanese history for many people: the honor-bound, bow and sword wielding individual warrior on horseback. It could have been very different. When the early Japanese Court was trying hard to adopt the massed infantry tactics of China, a series of defeats to an impressive “barbarian” guerrilla warrior from the north changed the military culture of the country.

    • 55 min
    Underrated Overrated: Hannibal and the Battle of Cannae

    Underrated Overrated: Hannibal and the Battle of Cannae

    Part 3 of a series on historical events that are widely overrated in aspects of their impact and yet actually underrated and deeply misunderstood. The decisive victory Hannibal Barca won over the Roman Republic at Cannae in 216 BC was the crown jewel of his many achievements, and has been studied so often that perhaps it’s now cliché. I retell the story to focus on why it was so significant in that war and why it still has lessons for us, despite what modern scholars might think.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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Well done

Overall a pretty good podcast ,nice Narration,the chechen episodes are awesome I highly recommend them

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Informative and Entertaining!!

One of my favorite podcasts! Easy to listen to and very engaging!

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Love It!

Great pod, Centurion6246 makes great connections and tells one heck of a tale in the process. Give a listen!

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