14 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 2.2K 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?

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Chris482 ,

Incredible podcast!

Incredible podcast! I just wish there were more episodes, I would listen to it all the time! It’s clear a ton of work goes into each one though, the best history podcast!

kristi history ,

Fantastic

Such an erudite podcast. Invaluable in this time of so much mindless noise. Thank you. If I had money I’d fund this show

allnigknamesarefuckingtaken ,

Fabulous, just fabulous

This is the perfect kind of history podcast I was looking for. The host is knowledgeable, the material is compact, the narration is professional and yet engaging. The topic covers diverse cultures and regions of the world and focus on the ancient political history. The occasional guest readers are always a treat. I really hope this podcast can continue. Constructive feedback: I would appreciate more humors and jokes if possible . And more (although there already are many) analogies to the modern world. Also as episodes increase, I also wouldn’t mind more detailed episodes on the empires already covered.

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