11 episodes

A history podcast looking at the collapse of a different civilization each episode. What did they have in common? Why did they fall? And what did it feel like to watch it happen?

Fall of Civilizations Podcast Paul Cooper

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    • 4.9 • 967 Ratings

A history podcast looking at the collapse of a different civilization each episode. What did they have in common? Why did they fall? And what did it feel like to watch it happen?

    11. Byzantium - Last of the Romans

    11. Byzantium - Last of the Romans

    On the outskirts of modern Istanbul, a line of ancient walls lies crumbling into the earth...

    In this episode, we look at one of history’s most incredible stories of survival - the thousand-year epic of the Byzantine Empire. Find out how this civilization suffered the loss of its Western half, and continued the unbroken legacy of Rome right through the middle ages. Hear about how it formed a bridge between two continents, and two ages, and learn how the impregnable walls of Constantinople were finally brought crashing to the ground.

    This episode we're joined by members of the St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir in London, and a number of musicians playing traditional Byzantine instruments.

    Support Fall of Civilizations on Patreon: http://patreon.com/fallofcivilizations_podcast

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Nicolas Rixon
    Joey L
    Annie Kelly
    Cleo Madeleine

    Original Compositions and music supervision:

    Pavlos Kapralos

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgAonk4-uVhXXjKSF-Nz1A

    Chanters of The St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral:

    Michael Georgiou
    Alexandros Gikas
    Matthew Tomko
    Stephanos Thomaides
    Pavlos Kapralos

    Traditional Musicians:

    Monooka (Monica Lucia Madas), vocals
    Alexandros Koustas, Lyra (other names: Byzantine Lyra/ Lyra of Istanbul/ Kemence)
    Konstantinos Glynos, Kanonaki (other names: qanun; in Byzantine Greek: psaleterion)
    Theofilos Lais, Cretan Lyra
    Dario Papavassiliou, Santouri (other name: Greek Santur)
    Pavlos Kapralos, Oud

    Other music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: incompetech.com/

    Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann. https://johnbartmann.com/

    • 3 hr 27 min
    10. China's Han Dynasty - The First Empire in Flames

    10. China's Han Dynasty - The First Empire in Flames

    A city in ruins. A dynasty in tatters. An empire in ashes...

    This episode, we look at the remarkable story of the first empire of ancient China, the Han dynasty. With ancient Chinese poetry, songs and folk music, we look back at the first empire's rise, its remarkable technological advances, and its first, tentative attempts to make contact with the empires of the west. Finally, we look at all the reasons behind the first age of Imperial China's final, dramatic fall.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Claire Hynes
    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Shem Jacobs
    Alex Peattie

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Source: incompetech.com/

    • 2 hr 53 min
    9. The Aztecs - A Clash of Worlds

    9. The Aztecs - A Clash of Worlds

    Beneath the busy streets of Mexico City, a buried god lies waiting to be discovered...

    This episode, we look back at the age of the Aztecs. Learn how this society grew from nothing to create one of the world's largest cities in the middle of a lake. Discover Aztec riddles, poetry and songs, as well as the bloody ritual of the flower wars. And hear the remarkable story of how this thriving empire collapsed all at once, in a matter of days.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Shem Jacobs
    Annie Kelly
    Lou Millington

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 4 hr 14 min
    8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities

    8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities

    In the dusts of Iraq, the ruins of the world's first civilization lie buried.

    This episode, we travel into the extremely distant past to look at the Sumerians. These ancient people invented writing and mathematics, and built some of the largest cities that the world had ever seen. Find out about the mystery of their origins, and learn how they rose from humble beginnings to form the foundation of all our modern societies. With myths, proverbs and even some recreated Sumerian music, travel back to where it all began, and find out how humanity's first civilization fell.


    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Shem Jacobs
    Nick Bradley
    Emily Johnson

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    Sumerian Music kindly provided by Gayle and
    Philip Neuman, of Ensemble De Organographia. Their CD, "Music of the Ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks," is available from
    northpacificmusic.com.

    • 2 hr 29 min
    7. The Songhai Empire - Africa's Age of Gold

    7. The Songhai Empire - Africa's Age of Gold

    Today, the Songhai Empire is all but forgotten by history. But this medieval kingdom was once the most powerful force in Africa.

    Find out how this civilization grew up on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, among some of the most extreme conditions that nature can throw at us. Discover how it grew and flourished, passing through a process known as the imperial cycle, and learn about what ultimately caused its sudden and dramatic collapse.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Rhy Brignell
    Bryan Tshiobi
    Pip Willett

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 2 hr 16 min
    6. Easter Island - Where Giants Walked

    6. Easter Island - Where Giants Walked

    On one of the world’s most isolated islands, hundreds of vast stone statues lie mouldering in the grass.

    In this episode, we take a look at one of archaeology’s most enduring puzzles: the mystery of Easter Island. Find out how this unique community grew up in complete isolation, severed from the rest of the world by a vast expanse of ocean. Discover the incredible story of how it survived for so many centuries, and examine the evidence about what happened to finally bring this society, and its statues, crashing down.

    Credits:

    Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

    Voice Actors:

    Jake Barrett-Mills
    Jacob Rollinson
    Annie Kelly
    Shem Jacobs

    Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100209
    Artist: incompetech.com/

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
967 Ratings

967 Ratings

badbobbycase ,

This podcast is great

And you should take it wherever you think it needs to go, previous reviews notwithstanding. Thank you and keep up the excellent work.

Bill OB2 ,

Terrific, but stop with historiography

Great podcast, on so many different levels. The music. The writing. The sense of adventure you create. But please stop with the historiography (e.g, Easter Island) and cultural criticism. Takes you right out of the pleasure of the story and interferes with the incredible mood you are able to create.

Big Texas Mike ,

Fall of Civilizations Podcast

Well done, with a depth of insight into not only the history but the human condition along with it.

BTM

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