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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

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Great podcast, well research and it also features an enthusiastic speaker.

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Fantastic! One of my favorites!

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132 Ratings
Average Ratings
120
5
2
2
3

Awesome

By ehebhdjs - Nov 06 2019
Read more
Great podcast, well research and it also features an enthusiastic speaker.

Try it

By Stu Nims - Mar 22 2019
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Fantastic! One of my favorites!

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The Almost Forgotten

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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

Rank #1: Episode 5.1 - Ur-Nammu

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Ur-Nammu was the first king of the Sumerian Third Dynasty of Ur. He helped restore native dominance in Sumer after centuries of foreign rule, instituted reforms and rebuilt the Sumerian infrastructure, and helped usher in the final era of Sumerian rule in Mesopotamia under the Neo-Sumerian Empire.





Sources:

  • Henry Freeman, Sumerians: A History From Beginning to End

  • Paul Kriwazczek, Babylon – Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

  • Samuel Noah Kramer, “The Death of Ur-Nammu and His Descent to the Netherworld,” Journal of Cuneiform Studies

  • C. J. Gadd, The Cambridge Ancient History, CHAPTER XXII - BABYLONIA, c. 2120–1800 B.C.

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Feb 20 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 2.1 - The Diadochi Part 1 - Partitions and Alliances

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The Diadochi were the successors to Alexander the Great. Upon his early and surprising death, with no obvious heir, his leading generals fought over his empire.









Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)

  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives

  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Jan 04 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 5.5 - Matilda of Tuscany

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Matilda was the Margrave of Tuscany and for a time was the most powerful leader in northern Italy. She acted as an almost independent leader rather than a subject of the Holy Roman Empire, fighting with it over policy and supporting papal authority over imperial in an effort to reform and revitalize the church.

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Boniface of Tuscany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_of_Tuscany#/media/File:Beatrice_of_Bar.png

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Sources:

  • Nora Duff, Matilda of Tuscany

  • Giovanni Tabacco, New Cambridge Medieval History, Northern and Central Italy in the Eleventh Century

  • Francis M Gillis, “Matilda, Countess of Tuscany”, The Catholic Historical Review

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Apr 17 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 1.3 - Mithridates the Great

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Episode 1.3 is about Mithridates the Great, who created an empire to rival that of Rome itself, and was called by Cicero "The greatest king since the time of Alexander the Great"






Sources:

  • Adrienne Meyer, The Poison King, The Life and Legend of Mithridates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy

  • Cassius Dio, Roman History

  • Appian, Mithridatic Wars

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Feb 24 2016

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Rank #5: Episode 1.6 - Otto the Great

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Episode 1.6 is about Otto the Great. Otto I was the King of Saxony, King of East Francia, and eventually, the Holy Roman Emperor. His re-establishment of the Empire set it on a path to essentially be a continuous empire for the next 1,000 years.






Sources:

  • Timothy Reuter, Germany in the Middle Ages c. 800-1056

  • James Westfall Thompson, Feudal Germany

  • Karl Leyser, "The Battle of Lech. A Study in 10th Century Warfare", History

  • Karl Leyser, "Ottonian Government", The Journal of Historical Review

  • Gerhardt B Ladner, "The Holy Roman Empire of the Tenth Century and East Central Europe", The Polish Review

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Apr 06 2016

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Rank #6: Episode 3.5 - Normans in Italy Part 2: Roger II

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Roger the second consolidated all of the Norman holdings in Sicily and Southern Italy into one united and long lasting kingdom. His ability as an administrator and statesman helped propel him past the other Norman leaders to become the first king of the Normans in Italy.








Sources:

  • G.A. Loud, The New Cambridge Medieval History, “Norman Sicily in the Twelfth Century.” 2004

  • Robert C. L. Holmes, American International Journal of Social Science, “Men of the North Wind the Norman Knight in the 11th Century Mediterranean.” 2015

  • Hubert Houben, Roger II of Sicily: A Ruler Between East and West. 2002

  • Edmund Curtis, Roger of Sicily and the Normans in Lower Italy, 1016-1154. 1912

  • Karen C. Britt, Mediterranean Studies, “Roger II of Sicily: Rex, Basileus, and Khalif? Identity, Politics, and Propaganda in the Cappella Palatina” 2007

  • Helene Wieruszowski, Speculum, “ Roger II of Sicily, Rex-Tyrannus, In Twelfth-Century Political Thought” 1963

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Mar 14 2018

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Rank #7: Episode 2.5 - The Diadochi Part 5 - Seleucus, Ptolemy and the End

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The surviving diadochi, Ptolemy and Seleucus, continue to battle with their neighboring Hellenistic Kingdoms. Their empires, as well as the Kingdom of Macedon, continue on for more than a century, before decline and eventual destruction at the hands of the Romans






Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)

  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

  • Arrian, Events After Alexander

  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives

  • Polyaenus, Strategems

Names Mentioned

Mar 01 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 3.4 - Normans in Italy Part 1 - Robert Guiscard

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Robert Guiscard, entered at the dawn of the Norman conquest of Italy, defeated his enemies and pushed aside his competing family members to take the whole of southern Italy, much of Sicily, and parts of the Balkan Peninsula.







Sources:

  • G.A. Loud, The New Cambridge Medieval History, “Norman Sicily in the Twelfth Century.” 2004

  • Robert C. L. Holmes, American International Journal of Social Science, “Men of the North Wind the Norman Knight in the 11th Century Mediterranean.” 2015

  • Hubert Houben, Roger II of Sicily: A Ruler Between East and West. 2002

  • Edmund Curtis, Roger of Sicily and the Normans in Lower Italy, 1016-1154. 1912

  • Karen C. Britt, Mediterranean Studies, “Roger II of Sicily: Rex, Basileus, and Khalif? Identity, Politics, and Propaganda in the Cappella Palatina” 2007

  • Helene Wieruszowski, Speculum, “ Roger II of Sicily, Rex-Tyrannus, In Twelfth-Century Political Thought” 1963

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Feb 28 2018

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Rank #9: Episode 4.1 - Dutch Revolt Pt 1 - William the Silent

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William the Silent, Prince of Orange-Nassau, was a leading noble in the Habsburg Netherlands. King Charles V split his empire in two, and gave the low countries to Spain, despite its cultural and religious similarities to the Holy Roman Empire. William would find his new sovereign, King Philip II of Spain to be a harsh and uncompromising ruler who would help sow the seeds of revolt in the territory.







Sources:

  • John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic

  • John Lothrop Motley, The History of the United Netherlands

  • Geoffrey Parker, The Dutch Revolt

  • Geoffrey Parker, "Why Did the Dutch Revolt Last 80 Years?"

  • Geoffrey Parker, The Journal of Military History "Limits to Revolution in Military Affairs"

  • Oscar C Gelderbloom, "From Antwerp to Amsterdam"

  • JL Bolton, Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, “When Did Antwerp Replace Bruges as the commercial and financial centre of north-western Europe?”, The Economic History Review, 2008

  • James M Murray, "Bruges, Cradle of Capitalism"

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Mar 27 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 5.2 - Piye

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Piye was the King of Kush at a time when Egypt was weakened. He ruled over southern Egypt before trouble to his north brought him into conflict with the Egyptian kinglets in the Lower Nile region up North. He defeated them, and brought the Nubian Kingdom of Kish to it’s greatest heights


Victory Stele of Piye
Ancient Egypt and Kush
Kingdom of Kush
Napata from the Nile
Jebel Barkal
Temple of Amun
Shebitku (Piye's son)

Sources:

  • The Victory Stele of Piye

  • John Taylor, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, “The Third Intermediate Period”

  • Anthony Spalinger, “The Military Background of the Campaign of Piye”, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur

  • D.M. Dixon, “The Origin of the Kingdom of Kush (Napata-Meroë)” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology

  • T.G.H. James, “Egypt: The Twenty-Fifth and Twenty-Sixth Dynasties” Cambridge Ancient History

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Mar 06 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 3.1 - Suppiluliuma

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Suppiluliuma was the greatest king of the Hittites, and helped turn the Anatolian kingdom into perhaps the most powerful empire in the world for a time. 

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Sources:

  • Trevor Bryce, The Kingdom of the Hittites, 2005

  • Trevor Bryce, "Some Observations on the Chronology of Suppiluliuma's Reign", Anatolian Studies, 1989

  • W Richard Stephens, Jr, "The Rise of the Hittite Empire: A Comparison of Theories on the Origin of the State", Mid-American Review of Sociology, 1979

  • Gregory McMahon, “The History of the Hittites”, The Biblical Archaeologist

  • Claudia Glatz and Roger Matthews. “Anthropology of a Frontier Zone: Hittite-Kaska Relations in Late Bronze Age North-Central Anatolia”, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Aug 200

  • Hittites, 2003. Tolga Ornek. Documentary

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Jan 17 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 2.7 - Clovis

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Clovis united the Franks and helped solidify them as the dominant power in northwestern Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. He created the first Kingdom of France and also helped built out what would becomes Charlemagne's Empire.










Sources

  • Bernard Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization, 1972

  • Ralph Mathison, Clovis, Anastasius, and Political Status in 508 CE, 2012

  • Charles Oman, The Dark Ages, 476-918, 1898

  • Ian Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms 450-751, 1994

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Apr 12 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 1.10 - John III Sobieski

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John III Sobieski was a Polish general who became king, stopped the last great Ottoman push into Central Europe, and saved his country numerous times







Sources:

  • Miltiades Varvounis, Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe

  • The New Cambridge Medieval History, Ch 22 & 28

  • The New Cambridge Modern History, Ch 8 & 12

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Jul 06 2016

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Rank #14: Episode 1.4 - Zenobia

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Episode 1.4 is about Zenobia, a Syrian queen who helped defend Rome against Persian invaders, before declaring her own kingdom and pulling 1/3 of the Roman Empire away for a time.

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by
Herbert Gustave Schmalz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenobia

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Sources:

  • Historia Augusta

  • Gary K Young, Rome's Eastern Trade

  • Alaric Watson, Aurelian and Third Century

  • Appian, The Civil Wars

  • Mike Duncan, The History of Rome Podcast

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Mar 09 2016

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Rank #15: Episode 2.2 - The Diadochi Part 2 - Perdiccas and Eumenes

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Perdiccas uses his role as the regent to the Macedonian kings to try to consolidate power. But the other Diadochi - Ptolemy in Egypt, Antipater in Europe, and Antigonus in Anatolia -  have plans of their own




sometimes presumed to be Perdiccas from the "Alexander Sarcophagus" made for a Macedonian-allied king 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Alexander_sarcophagus_in_the_Istanbul_Archaeological_Museums

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Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)

  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

  • Arrian, Events After Alexander

  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives

  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Big thanks to listener Peter Rojas for adding us to his list of his favorite history podcasts!
https://medium.com/@peterrojas/my-favorite-history-podcasts-c60f3a3ce1ed#.9wx808jf1

Jan 18 2017

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Rank #16: Episode 5.3 - Cyaxares

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Cyaxares was the king of the Medes, who helped destroy the mighty and terrifying Neo-Assyrian Empire, create a massive empire based in the small region of Media, and laid the foundation of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.


Cyaxares
Cyaxares Tomb
Median Empire
Assyria

Sources:

  • T. Cuyler Young, Jr., Cambridge Ancient History, The Early History of the Medes and the Persians and the Achaemenid Empire to the Death of Cambyses

  • Cambridge History of Iran, The Medes and the Neighboring Countries

  • Kevin Lelous, The Battle of the Eclips (May 28, 585 BC): A Discusssion of the Lydo-Median Treaty and the Halys Border

  • Encyclopaedia Iranica, Cyaxares

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Mar 20 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 1.7 - Enrico Dandolo

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Enrico Dandolo was a Doge of Venice who helped usher in several centuries of Venetian dominance in the eastern Mediterranean, and the destruction of the Byzantine Empire.







Sources:

  • Thomas Madden, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice

  • Roger Crowley, City of Fortune

  • Jonathan Phillips, The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople

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Apr 20 2016

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Rank #18: Episode 2.4 - The Diadochi Part 4 - All Against Antigonus

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Antigonus rules all of Asia, but chasing out Seleucus giving Ptolemy and the others an opportunity to check his power









Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)

  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

  • Arrian, Events After Alexander

  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives

  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Feb 15 2017

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Rank #19: Episode 4.9 - Dutch Revolt Pt 9 - Frederick Henry

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The 30 Years War has helped rekindle the 80 Years War, and the Dutch are again fighting for their nation's survival. But now they do so as a burgeoning major power on the European stage, led by William the Silent's youngest son, the new Prince of Orange, Frederick Henry. The Dutch stave off conquest and are formerly recognized by Spain and the rest of the world as an independent power with the Peace of Munster, a constituent part of the Peace of Westphalia.









Sources:

  • John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic

  • John Lothrop Motley, The History of the United Netherlands

  • Geoffrey Parker, The Dutch Revolt

  • Geoffrey Parker, "Why Did the Dutch Revolt Last 80 Years?"

  • Geoffrey Parker, The Journal of Military History "Limits to Revolution in Military Affairs"

  • Oscar C Gelderbloom, "From Antwerp to Amsterdam"

  • JL Bolton, Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, “When Did Antwerp Replace Bruges as the commercial and financial centre of north-western Europe?”, The Economic History Review, 2008

  • George Edmuson, The English Historical Review, "Frederick Henry Parts I and II"

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Jul 18 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 2.3 - The Diadochi Part 3 - Eumenes and Antigonus

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After the death of Perdiccas, Antigonus chases Eumenes halfway across the empire. Meanwhile, in Greece and Macedon, a fight begins over Antipater's position after he dies







Sources:

  • Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotecha Historica (Library of History)

  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire

  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire

  • Arrian, Events After Alexander

  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives

  • Polyaenus, Strategems

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Feb 01 2017

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