18 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 • 3.7K 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?

    18. Egypt - Fall of the Pharaohs

    18. Egypt - Fall of the Pharaohs

    Far in the distance, three colossal shapes tower over the desert horizon…

    In this episode, we travel to the Nile Valley, and tell the story of one of the most iconic cultures ever produced by humankind – the civilizations of ancient Egypt. I want to show how this series of related cultures grew up in the floodplains of their great river, and built some of the most enduring and recognizable structures in the world. And I want to tell the story of what happened to bring the age of the Pharaohs finally and cataclysmically to an end.

    Credits:

    Michael Hajiantonis
    Nick Denton
    Paul Casselle
    Alexandra Boulton
    Tom Marshall-Lee
    Rhy Brignell
    Peter Walters
    Lachlan Lucas

    Narrated and produced by Paul Cooper
    Sound engineering by Alexey Sibikin
    Readings in Arabic by Nassim El-Boujjoufi
    Readings in reconstructed ancient Egyptian by Seqnenra (Mohammad Habib) and Doha Abd Allah Amin

    • 3 hr 58 min
    17. Carthage - Empire Of The Phoenicians

    17. Carthage - Empire Of The Phoenicians

    Buried beneath the city streets of the Tunisian capital of Tunis, an ancient city lies forgotten...

    In this episode, we look at one of the most dramatic stories to come down to us from the ancient world: the rise and fall of the empire of Carthage. Find out how this city rose out of the Phoenician states of the Eastern Mediterranean, and set out on voyages of discovery and settlement that put them at the centre of the ancient world. And hear how the city of Carthage was destroyed, and its memory nearly wiped from the earth.

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    Credits:

    Written and produced by Paul Cooper
    Sound engineering by Alexey Sibikin

    Voice actors:

    Michael Hajiantonis
    Lachlan Lucas
    Alexandra Boulton
    Simon Jackson
    Tom Marshall-Lee
    Chris Harvey,
    Nick Denton
    Paul Casselle

    • 3 hr 38 min
    16. Bagan - City Of Temples

    16. Bagan - City Of Temples

    In the lowlands of Burma lie the remains of thousands of crumbling temples...

    In this episode, we tell one of the most colourful stories of civilizational survival: the story of the Bagan Empire of Myanmar. Find out how this kingdom rose up in the Irrawaddy river valley of central Myanmar, and built one of the most remarkable series of monuments to have survived from the medieval world. Discover what life was like for the people who lived there, and find out what happened to cause its sudden and complete collapse.

    • 2 hr 7 min
    15. The Nabataeans - The Final Days Of Petra

    15. The Nabataeans - The Final Days Of Petra

    In the deserts of Jordan, a city lies hidden for centuries in a valley of rose-red stone...

    In this episode, we look at one of the most peculiar stories of civilizational survival to come down to us from the ancient world, the story of the Nabataeans. Find out how these once humble traders rose to become masters of the desert sands, and to defy empires. And discover what happened to finally bring down the empire of Nabataea.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    14. Vijayanagara - The Last Emperors Of South India

    14. Vijayanagara - The Last Emperors Of South India

    On the rocky banks of South India's Tungabhadra River, an enormous ruined city lies crumbling...

    In this episode, we look at the Vijayanagara Empire of Southern India, a civilization that has all but faded from memory in many parts of the world.

    Find out how this remarkable society rose up out of an age of conflict and fragmentation, how it built one of the largest and most impressive medieval cities in the world, and developed an identity that was both South Indian in nature, and global in its outlook. With readings in Sanskrit, and the sounds of traditional Carnatic music, find out what happened to bring the great stone temples of Vijayanagara crashing down in fire and flame.

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    Credits:

    Voice actors:

    Peter Walters
    Michael Hajiantonis
    Kim Heron
    Nick Denton
    Paul Casselle

    Sound engineering by Alexey Sibikin

    Original music performed and composed by Aruna Sairam.

    • 3 hr 13 min
    13. The Assyrians - Empire of Iron

    13. The Assyrians - Empire of Iron

    In the lowlands of Northern Iraq, a series of enormous cities lies crumbling in ruins...

    In this episode, find out about one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations: the society known today as the neo-Assyrian Empire. Discover how the Assyrians built their empire out of the ashes of the Bronze Age, and built an empire of iron that lasted for centuries. Explore the extraordinary flourishing of art and technology that they fostered. And finally, discover what happened to cause their final, devastating collapse.

    • 3 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

varda_elentari ,

Love it.

Just binged the latest episode on the Egyptians and I’m hooked. I love the sound quality and music and voice actors, which really is cherry on top.

PinkyL'Amour ,

Love the arc of each civilization

Yes, Paul covers the fall of civilizations, of course, and he also covers the rise, which I really like. He also offers the most up to date theories about the fall, not relying on the easy, older theories. Love it!

MarkBacon ,

episodes are too long

Three hour episodes? Break them up into smaller pieces!

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