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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

The History of Rome Mike Duncan

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    • 4.8 • 11.2K Ratings

A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

    001- In the Beginning

    001- In the Beginning

    Welcome to The History of Rome, a weekly series tracing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Today we will hear the mythical origin story of Rome and compare it with modern historical and archaeological evidence. How much truth is wrapped up in the legend? We end this week with the death of Remus and the founding of Rome.

    • 11 min
    002- Youthful Indiscretions

    002- Youthful Indiscretions

    Last time we discussed the events that lead to the birth of Rome,
    covering the arrival of Aeneas in Italy and the story of the twins
    Romulus and Remus. Today we will cover the remainder of Romulus's life,
    his questionable morality and ultimate disappearance from the world of
    men.

    • 11 min
    003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

    003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

    This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to the
    throne: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who they
    were and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.

    • 16 min
    003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

    003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

    The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three members
    of the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius
    and Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that he
    was overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.

    • 18 min
    004- The Public Thing

    004- The Public Thing

    The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was now
    established. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, the
    Romans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatened
    the unity of the young State.

    • 14 min
    005- Trials and Tribunlations

    005- Trials and Tribunlations

    The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew into
    adolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly class
    divisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs that
    resulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11.2K Ratings

11.2K Ratings

SportyCalvin ,

Just finished this show again

Love this show, I push mow my lawn and literally listen to this show the entire time every time I do it. So this is like my 4th listen through in a decade. Great show. Going to revolutions next & got his books.
Great job Mike!

GForceHangover ,

Hits History Just Right

Most history is told in a cursory manner to keep it exciting, telling only the big picture events, but leaving out meaningful details. Historians tend to include all the details which makes history a slog.

The History of Rome gets it right. Details that fill you with the world of Rome, but not so many that you get bogged down. Excellent series.

Justannanow ,

Great but a little eerie

This is the second time I’m listening to this podcast. It is amazing and more than a little concerning how the end of the Roman Republic leading up to the Caesars is more than a little similar to the US since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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