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    072: The Fourth Syrian War - The Battle of Raphia

    072: The Fourth Syrian War - The Battle of Raphia

    Only a few short years after his coronation, Antiochus III would invade the kingdom of Ptolemy IV in 219 B.C., intent on reclaiming the lands of Coele Syria as part of his birthright. To stem the tide, the Ptolemaic government tries to rejuvenate the now-rusty Egyptian army by ordering a massive recruitment drive and issuing reforms, and the two kings would come to blows at Raphia, where over 140,000 men would take part in one of the largest battles of the ancient world.

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    071: The Fourth Syrian War - A Tale of Two Kingdoms

    071: The Fourth Syrian War - A Tale of Two Kingdoms

    In 222 B.C., two of the world's most powerful kingdoms saw the coronation of two young monarchs: Antiochus III of the Seleucid Empire, and Ptolemy IV Philopator of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. As Antiochus tries to keep his realm from falling apart in the face of rebellions and the assassination of his older brother, the laziness of Ptolemy allows the court of Alexandria to fall into a whirlwind of conspiracies and corruption among his advisors, serving as a dramatic prelude to the Fourth Syrian War.

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    070: The Second Punic War - To the Victors...

    070: The Second Punic War - To the Victors...

    In this episode, we bring the Second Punic War to a close as Hannibal tries to conquer southern Italy, while the Scipio and Barcid families clash over control of the Iberian Peninsula. During the Spanish campaigns, Publius Scipio (the future Scipio Africanus) becomes the premier general of the Republic, bringing the fight to Africa itself as he clashes with Hannibal at the legendary confrontation at Zama.

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    069: The Second Punic War - Hannibal at the Gates

    069: The Second Punic War - Hannibal at the Gates

    After the losses at Trebia and Trasimene, the strategies of Fabius Maximus Cuncutator ("the Delayer") manages to give the Republic some valuable breathing room. Despite Fabius' best efforts, Hannibal manages to deliver Rome its most devastating defeat on the plains of Cannae in 216. Meanwhile, Marcus Claudius Marcellus leads a campaign in Sicily against the once-loyal city of Syracuse, contending with war machines devised by the likes of Archimedes in one of the great sieges of antiquity.

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    068: The Second Punic War - Over the Mountains

    068: The Second Punic War - Over the Mountains

    With the destruction of the Celtiberian city of Saguntum in 219, much of the Mediterranean world was plunged into a state of warfare for nearly two decades, as the Roman Republic would once again battle Carthage for dominance, and face their greatest foe to date: Hannibal Barca, son of Hamilcar. To the surprise and horror of the Senate, Hannibal would audaciously plan and execute a crossing of the Alps and bring the war to Italy, slaughtering the Roman armies thrown at him at the Trebia River and Lake Trasimene in 218/217.

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    Interview: "Alexander's Successors at War: The Perdiccas Years" w/ Tristan Hughes

    Interview: "Alexander's Successors at War: The Perdiccas Years" w/ Tristan Hughes

    Fellow history podcaster Tristan Hughes (The Ancients Podcast) joins the show to discuss his new book, "Alexander's Successors at War: The Perdiccas Years, 323-320 BC", which covers the first tumultuous years of the Wars of the Successors. Though framed around the career of Perdiccas, the standing regent of Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, the book itself dedicates to covering the wide-reaching events that gripped Europe and Asia as the Argead Empire began to struggle in its first death throes.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

VillainB ,

Accurate summaries of current historical understanding

I am currently writing a novel that takes place around the dissolving of the Yuezhi and the beginning of the Kushan. I look forward to any further expansion upon these entities in the future.

IceRulz ,

Great info, wish Derek would take a breath

Lots of well researched, detailed history is presented. It complements other historical info & podcasts while giving details others may skip over. I appreciate the academic approach, with one criticism. Please, wish Derek would slow down his speech- he almost always sounds like he’s rushing to get out his script and getting breathless. Personally I’m a fast talker but as someone who does a lot of presentations learned to better regulate my speech. His pace, sound is actually disturbing to my husband so I have to listen after he’s asleep! That said, the interview episodes are great, Derek asks good gyrations, guides the chat well and speaks at a well measured, understandable pace! Really good podcast, just wish he’d relax a bit so the presentation doesn’t feel so anxious.

DC3Amsterdam ,

Informative

I was captivated by the first series of episodes on the life of Alexander The Great and the events that followed his dealtje along with the associated historical questions. Other installments were well well researched and presented and the series on Rome and Carthage again has me hanging on every word. I’m up to about the 40th installment and looming forward to the almost 2 years worth of material ahead of me. The supplemental material on the website is also available along with a bibliography and reading recommendations. Enjoyable and informative about sums it up for me.

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