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The Layman's Historian is a podcast about interesting periods of history that a layman would appreciate. My first series covers the history of Carthage including the three Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome.

The Layman's Historian William Hubbard

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The Layman's Historian is a podcast about interesting periods of history that a layman would appreciate. My first series covers the history of Carthage including the three Punic Wars between Carthage and Rome.

    Episode 44 - The Mediterranean on Fire: Spain

    Episode 44 - The Mediterranean on Fire: Spain

    With Hannibal immersed in the mire of Italian geopolitics, the Second Punic War shifts to theaters overseas. Keenly aware of the strategic importance of maintaining pressure on Carthage’s outposts in Spain, the Scipio brothers – Gnaeus and Publius Cornelius – grappled with Hannibal’s younger brother, Hasdrubal Barca for years, chipping away at the Barcid power base. When both Scipio brothers perished within days of each other in 211 BC, Publius Cornelius Scipio the Younger volunteered to take their place as senior commander of the Spanish war. Barely in his mid-twenties, Scipio rapidly showed that he was a new type of Roman commander, one well-versed in the tactics of Hannibalic warfare….


     


    Link to the Episode 44 page on the Layman's Historian website



    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


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    Episode 43 - Capua: Hannibal's Albatross

    Episode 43 - Capua: Hannibal's Albatross

    Following Cannae, Hannibal descended into the rich agricultural lands of Campania in Magna Graecia. Chafing under Roman rule and eager to reclaim her place as hegemon of southern Italy, the ancient Etruscan city of Capua quickly came to an agreement with Hannibal. In exchange for defecting to the Carthaginian side, Hannibal would allow Capua autonomy, secure her place as mistress of Italy, and allow her to be governed by her own rulers and marshal her own army. A stormy honeymoon followed, with Hannibal soon realizing that he had given too much and received far too little for his new southern Italian "ally"....


     


    Link to the Episode 43 page on the Layman's Historian website



    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


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    • 24 min
    Episode 42 - The Day After Cannae

    Episode 42 - The Day After Cannae

    In the stillness following the destruction of their greatest army at the Battle of Cannae, the Romans faced an awful choice. The triumphant Hannibal stood poised to march on Rome herself and besiege the capital, and there was little the surviving remnants of legionaries could do to stop him. The Italian allies had already begun to waiver in their resolve, and some even among Rome's patricians began to advocate for abandoning Italy entirely. In this hour of doubt, Hannibal's envoys arrived to discuss peace terms. However, Romans such as Publius Cornelius Scipio and Titus Manlius Torquatus would hear no talk of peace or flight. The Carthaginian delegate was coldly told to return home, and the Senate refused to ransom the Roman prisoners in Hannibal's hands despite their heart-rending pleas. There would be no admission of defeat - Rome would fight until the bitter end.


    Link to the Episode 42 page on the Layman's Historian website



    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


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    • 23 min
    Episode 41 - Cannae: Rome's Darkest Day

    Episode 41 - Cannae: Rome's Darkest Day

    Fabius the Delayer may have saved Minucius from disaster at Geronium, but he would not always be there to protect his impetuous colleagues from rushing into trouble. Following Fabius's relinquishment of the dictatorship, one of the newly-elected consuls, Gaius Terentius Varro, accused Fabius and the patricians of intentionally prolonging the war. Instead of continuing to follow Fabius’s delaying tactics, Varro urged the Romans to immediately engage Hannibal to obtain decisive victory. Despite the protests of his fellow consul, Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Varro's counsel won out. The Senate raised four new legions in addition to the four which typically served. Fielding the greatest army she had ever raised - 87,000 men total - Rome challenged Hannibal for the third time at the small Apulian town of Cannae.


    Link to the Episode 41 page on the Layman's Historian website which includes pictures and diagrams of the Battle of Cannae



    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


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    • 31 min
    Episode 40 - The Delayer: Part II

    Episode 40 - The Delayer: Part II

    Following Hannibal's daring escape from Campania, Fabius's reputation in Rome lay in shambles. Subsequent victories by the Scipios in Spain and the fierce rhetoric of Fabius's lieutenant Minucius at last succeeded in having Minucius appointed as co-equal commander of the Roman army. Undeterred by this humiliation, Fabius continued in his single-minded determination to preserve Rome's army. That selflessness would save Rome from another near disaster when Minucius predictably fell into Hannibal's cunning trap.


    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


    Link to the Episode 40 page on the Layman's Historian website


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    • 20 min
    Episode 39 - The Delayer: Part I

    Episode 39 - The Delayer: Part I

     


    Following the disaster at Lake Trasimene, the Roman Senate took the drastic step of appointing a dictator - a single man with full military powers - to meet the crisis. The man chosen - Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus - differed greatly from the typical Roman aristocrat of his day. Cool-headed and steady handed, Fabius implemented a strategy of delay and harassment against Hannibal, hoping to whittle down the Carthaginian forces without risking another devastating defeat in open battle. Although effective at stabilizing Roman morale, the dictator's strategy proved extremely unpopular among soldiers in his own camp. His second-in-command, Marcus Minucius Rufus, soon became the ringleader of a growing band of dissidents, and the tension between the dictator and his lieutenant would lead to an open breach which Hannibal would be quick to exploit.


    Recommended further reading:



    The Histories by Polybius


    Hannibal's War by Titus Livius


    A Companion to the Punic Wars (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) Edited by Dexter Hoyos


    Hannibal's Dynasty by Dexter Hoyos


    Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Richard Miles


    Implacable Enemies: The Barcid Armies at War by Karwansary Publishers


    Clash of the Colossi: The First Punic War by Karwansary Publishers


    Link to the Episode 39 page on the Layman's Historian website


    Subscribe or leave a review on iTunes


    Leave a like or comment on the Facebook page


    Follow on Twitter.


    Contact me directly through email


     

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Customer Reviews

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54 Ratings

54 Ratings

sberlinicke ,

The layman’s historian

You had me at war elephants! Highly enjoyable podcast

JJHinAsia ,

Finally!!!!

I have been waiting for a history podcast about Carthage and the Phoenicians! Really glad it was introduced on the History of Greece podcast. Helped me find it. Really like how the host points out how the history was written by the Romans/ Greeks who hated Carthage. Really intriguing story telling. Love being able to dive into this history that is often ignored during Greek/Roman rises to power. My heart will be broken in the second Punic war though ):

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Laymen’s History

A well researched history podcast. Will obviously loves history.

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