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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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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?

    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
    12. The Inca - Cities in the Cloud

    12. The Inca - Cities in the Cloud

    High up on the craggy peaks of the Urubamba Canyon, a lost city lies wreathed in cloud...

    In this episode, we explore the mountains of the Andes, and tell the story of the Inca Empire. Find out how these mountain people built the largest empire in the Western Hemipshere, in one of the toughest terrains on earth. With Inca poetry, Quechuan hymns and authentic Andean instruments, discover the unique culture of the Inca. And find out what happened to bring their society crashing down around them.

    Sound engineering: Thomas Ntinas & Alexey Sibikin

    Voice actors:

    Annie Kelly
    Jamie Tanner
    Gerald Condlin
    Lachlan Lucas
    Peter Walters
    Jimmy Lai

    Original music by Pavlos Kapralos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgAonk4-uVhXXjKSF-Nz1A

    Also heard: “Andean illusion” by Kanti Quena (Carlos Saldana) and
    "Ollantay" by Leandro Alviña.
    Kanti Quena (Carlos Saldana): Quena, Quenacho, Tarkas, Bombo, Charango
    Phaxsi Coca (Jeanettte Rojas): Siku Malta, Siku Zanka, Jach'a Siku, Bombo, Chajchas
    Ana Maria Ramirez Bautista: Quena
    Maya McCourt: Cello
    Pavlos Kapralos: Chajchas, Palo de Lluvia

    • 3 hr 20 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

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B E S T

Paul! We need more!

I listen to every history podcast I can find and this one is hands down my very favorite. Well written and beautifully narrated. I only wish there were more episodes, or maybe expansions of the existing episodes. Truly a lovely and engaging listen! Thank you!

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Trump is the first president to focus on oil

Pretty lame for a historian to use his platform for lame Trump comments. The Trump obsession is pathetic, he’s not the first president to care about oil. I’m not going to focus on the other comments but I’m wary now of the objectivity of the information here.

BeccaNewsome ,

Informative and entertaining

I love history podcasts. I actively look for new series to follow and was sad I found this one as late as I did. The episodes are thoroughly researched and effectively presented. I’d say Paul Cooper has the voice and cadence to get information across without putting the listener to sleep (an unfortunate characteristic of most historians). In this series you get an in-depth narrative with guests voicing certain figures in English and, where possible, the original language of the speaker/writer. I would say the only drawback for me is that the English voiceovers are superimposed over the original voiceovers in such a way to make it difficult to hear the the original language. Even though I do not understand ancient languages I do enjoy hearing them spoken. I would prefer an original block followed by the English so I can enjoy the original and then the translation. But that’s just me. I separate link to the originals would be a joy for me personally to access. The length of the episodes makes this even more enjoyable along with the use of YouTube and Patreon to give us looks at maps, items, archeological sites mentioned. I own up to googling as I listen to see just what he is talking about.

To sum up I recommend this podcast for anyone who enjoys a well thought out, put together and executed series of informational casts about the ancient world. The parallels to today are often mind boggling. I love a podcast that makes me think and even more makes me want to listen multiple times to absorb the information provided. I look forward to many, many more future episodes.

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