50 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

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 49 -Zama: Battle of Giants

    Episode 49 -Zama: Battle of Giants

    With Hannibal’s recall to Africa, we finally reach the final showdown of the Second Punic War. Scipio and his disgraced survivors of Cannae faced Hannibal’s veterans of Italy on the plains of Zama. The victor would decide the war – and the course of history.

    Link to the Episode 49 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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    • 22 min
    Episode 48 - End of the Road

    Episode 48 - End of the Road

    Following the disaster at the Metaurus, Hannibal retreated to southern Italy. Unable to defeat him openly yet fearful to leave him unopposed, the Roman Senate engaged in a fierce debate with the brilliant Publius Cornelius Scipio who had recently returned from Spain. In a tense showdown, Scipio convinced a grudging Senate to authorize an invasion of North Africa. While politicking with the turbulent Numidian kingdoms and establishing his ally Massinissa on the throne, Scipio also managed to crush the last Carthaginian field army between himself and Carthage. With no other cards left, the Carthaginian Senate recalled Hannibal for a final showdown with his Roman nemesis...

    Link to the Episode 48 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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    • 25 min
    Episode 47- Last Gasp at the Metaurus

    Episode 47- Last Gasp at the Metaurus

    In the bitter and bewildering struggle during the years after Cannae, Rome at last gained the upper hand. However, Hannibal would be afforded one last chance to turn the tide of the war. This was the arrival of his brother, Hasdrubal, with a great army of mercenaries in northern Italy in 207 BC. As the two brothers attempted to join forces, the Romans would execute an audacious plan to corner Hasdrubal by the banks of the Metaurus before he could unite with his elder brother....

    Link to the Episode 47 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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    Leave a like or comment on Facebook or Twitter


    Contact me directly through email

     

    • 22 min
    Episode 46 - No Easy Way Out

    Episode 46 - No Easy Way Out

    While the conflicts in Spain and Sicily raged, Hannibal still clung tenaciously to the gains he had made in Italy. In the years following Cannae, he would experience a dizzying array of successes and setbacks against the Romans ranging from failed alliances with Macedon to the capture and recapture of major Italian cities. Even so, as the years wore on, the scales of Fortune seemed ever more inclined towards Rome....

    Link to the Episode 46 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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    • 26 min
    Episode 45 - The Mediterranean on Fire: Sicily

    Episode 45 - The Mediterranean on Fire: Sicily

    Unlike Spain, Sicily had been relatively quiet during the opening years of the Second Punic War. That all changed in 216 BC with the death of Hiero II, King of Syracuse. Staunchly pro-Roman, Hiero had feared that his grandson and natural heir, Hieronymus, would lead Syracuse to disaster. His greatest fears were justified - shortly after the old king's death, Hieronymus broke with Rome and allied with Hannibal. When Hieronymus was assassinated, one of the most confused and confusing conflicts of the Second Punic War began, one which would ultimately culminate in the sacking of the greatest Greek city in Magna Graecia.

     

    Link to the Episode 45 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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    • 25 min
    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

    Subscribe or leave a review on iTunes or Spotify

    Leave a like or comment on Facebook or Twitter


    Contact me directly through email

     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 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 ):

Rimshot77! ,

Laymen’s History

A well researched history podcast. Will obviously loves history.

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