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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
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    Rome's Patrician Republic

    Rome's Patrician Republic

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    By 450 BC, the Roman Republic was beginning to take on the outlines of a form we recognize, with elected magistrates, a Senate, and written laws. But these were hard times for Rome, and there was no guarantee that the city would even dominate its immediate area, much less Italy and beyond.

    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge. And check out Patrick's new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness! It’s all about “Dad Culture,” and Patrick will interview some fascinating guests about everything from tall wooden ships to smoked meats to comfortable sneakers to history, sports, culture, and politics. https://bit.ly/PWtPoD

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    Listen Now: Wow in the World's Summer of Wow!

    Listen Now: Wow in the World's Summer of Wow!

    Wow in the World is the #1 science podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency and make us all say "WOW"!

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    The Birth of the Roman Republic

    The Birth of the Roman Republic

    In 509 BC, the last king of Rome - Tarquinius Superbus - was expelled from the city, and the Republic was born. But what do we actually know about the early years of the Republic? Not much, and what we do know is at odds with the much later traditions on which we tend to rely.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge. And check out Patrick's new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness! It’s all about “Dad Culture,” and Patrick will interview some fascinating guests about everything from tall wooden ships to smoked meats to comfortable sneakers to history, sports, culture, and politics. https://bit.ly/PWtPoD




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    • 41 min
    The Greatest Dynasty of Medieval France: Interview with Professor Justine Firnhaber-Baker

    The Greatest Dynasty of Medieval France: Interview with Professor Justine Firnhaber-Baker

    It's been a while since Tides of History has gone to the Middle Ages, and a wonderful new book - House of Lilies: The Dynasty that Made Medieval France - provides us with the opportunity to return. Professor Justine Firnhaber-Baker is one of the world's leading experts on medieval France, and she joins the show to talk about her new book, the Capetian dynasty, and how medieval politics actually worked.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge. And check out Patrick's new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness! It’s all about “Dad Culture,” and Patrick will interview some fascinating guests about everything from tall wooden ships to smoked meats to comfortable sneakers to history, sports, culture, and politics. https://bit.ly/PWtPoD




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    • 48 min
    Sicily, Defeat, and the End of the Athenian Empire

    Sicily, Defeat, and the End of the Athenian Empire

    The Peloponnesian War lasted for nearly 30 years, decades of ceaseless battles, sieges, and human misery that covered the whole of Greece. In the end, Athens' fate was decided not in Greece itself but in faraway Sicily, where the course of the war turned against Athens once and for all.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge. And check out Patrick's new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness! It’s all about “Dad Culture,” and Patrick will interview some fascinating guests about everything from tall wooden ships to smoked meats to comfortable sneakers to history, sports, culture, and politics. https://bit.ly/PWtPoD




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    • 45 min
    Understanding the Alien World of Ancient Greece: Interview with Professor Greg Anderson

    Understanding the Alien World of Ancient Greece: Interview with Professor Greg Anderson

    It's often said that the past is a foreign country, where our basic assumptions about how the world is supposed to work don't apply. But what does that mean for the practice of history? Professor Greg Anderson has fascinating ideas about how to actually understand the people of the past on their terms, with specific regard to ancient Greece.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge. And check out Patrick's new podcast The Pursuit of Dadliness! It’s all about “Dad Culture,” and Patrick will interview some fascinating guests about everything from tall wooden ships to smoked meats to comfortable sneakers to history, sports, culture, and politics. https://bit.ly/PWtPoD




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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K Ratings

GpacMa ,

Outstanding Podcaster

I love history and history podcasts when they are done well. Like, Dan Carlin good.

Patrick Wyman NAILS IT.

Example:
Interviews can be iffy or weird. Lot’s of interviewers can’t prop up a researcher who isn’t great on their feet, and when things go flat, struggle to save the moment; not Patrick. He’s right there to spot them and help the specialist get back on track. Done better than a standard journalist. Kuddos, as well, to an excellent audio editing team.

In addition to being a pro interviewer, he is not detached. Despite not necessarily having expertise in a topic, he cultivates a subject, and prepares to be an enthusiastic and interested contributor to the conversation. The interviewed people love talking to him. It’s like he has a relationship with them, and they’re having a beer on the patio and chatting deeply and meaningfully about a research topic.

He has significant academic credit, but that’s a jump point, not a lane. If he tackles a subject, buckle up. It’s going to be good. The only episodes I’m not crazy about are the occasional book minipods. There. That’s my only meh critique (and that’s just my preference. He does those well too).

Not Feckless. Totally OG. If I had to pay beyond my Amazon sub I would. HE’S THAT GOOD.

rafegoldberg ,

Pretty good!

The narrative history episodes are great: interesting, well researched and written, and well produced with a solid narrator. The guests are good too (though the discussion episodes do leave a lot to be desired from the host’s interviewing skills.)

If it weren’t for Wondery constantly pushing inane ads for their other shows in to the feed, this would be a five star review.

Nate88888888888 ,

Best history podcast?

I say yes. Patrick is a great host who really has a difficult job. He’s gotta make us relate to human being and civilizations thousands of years old, many before writing existed. Yet somehow he does it in such an enjoyable way.

He really makes you see the similarities between all humans over the millennia, while not losing what is unique to each culture place and time. Can’t recommend this show enough. Wondery better renew it!!

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