42 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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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 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
    Subscribe or leave a review on iTunes or Spotify
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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
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    • 31 min
    Episode 38 - The Dark Waters of Trasimene

    Episode 38 - The Dark Waters of Trasimene

    Following the Battle of the River Trebia, Hannibal descended upon the rich province of Etruria in his advance into Italy. The new Roman consul, Gaius Flaminius, set out to confront the invaders with a mixture of fresh recruits as well as the survivors from Trebia. Arrogant, brash, and reckless, Flaminius led his legionaries in hot pursuit of the marauding Carthaginians - just as Hannibal intended. Flaminius finally caught up with Hannibal near the shores of Lake Trasimene, a name which would soon be rendered hateful to Roman ears…
    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 38 page on the Layman's Historian website
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    • 27 min
    Episode 37 - First Blood

    Episode 37 - First Blood

    Having narrowly skirted disaster in the Alps, Hannibal and his army regrouped in the Po Valley of northern Italy while the Roman Consuls, Scipio and Sempronious, scrambled to intercept him. After thrashing the Romans under Scipio at the River Ticinus, Hannibal pursued Scipio’s retreating legions to the River Trebia. Here, Sempronious - proud, headstrong, and impetuous - would seek to meet the Carthaginians in decisive battle. In the December, 218 BC, the two armies would clash at the Battle of the River Trebia - the first major battle between Hannibal and the Roman legions.
    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 37 page on the Layman's Historian website
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    • 27 min
    Episode 36 - Making a Way

    Episode 36 - Making a Way

    In early October 218 BC, Hannibal performed his most famous - and controversial - feat: the crossing of the Alps. Fighting hostile tribes, freezing cold, blinding snow, treacherous paths, and even the solid rock which barred his way, Hannibal forged a path across Europe’s tallest mountain range, elephants in tow. When he emerged into Italy, his forces had been drastically reduced, but the men who remained formed the nucleus of what would become the Roman's worst nightmare.
    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 36 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

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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.

MVGirl 92691 ,

Good podcast

A detailed ancient history podcast. Very enjoyable to listen to. Website has maps and lots pictures to help you learn.

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