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Episode 3 – “Wherever I Went, Let Him Go!”

“Now any king who wants to call himself my equal, wherever I went, let him go!” – Sargon the Great In 2,334 BC, Sargon of Akkad forged the world’s first empire and created a legend that would inspire Near Eastern rulers for millennia. The Third […]The post Episode 3 – “Wherever I Went, Let Him Go!” first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

31mins

24 Apr 2012

Rank #1

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Episode B44 – Edessa

Synopsis:  After his humiliating defeat at the hands of Shapur, Valerian joins tens of thousands of Roman captives deported to the heartland of Persia.  “Going without consideration to Shapur with a small retinue, to treat for a peace, (Valerian) was presently laid hold off by […]The post Episode B44 – Edessa first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

30mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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Episode R6 – The Heroic Age

“I should weary the reader, were I to describe, step by step, the progress of the work, and the discoveries gradually made in various part of the great mound.  The labours of one day resembled those of the preceding; but it would be difficult to […]The post Episode R6 – The Heroic Age first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

27mins

28 Jun 2014

Rank #3

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Episode B40 – Uranius

Synopsis:  After the death of Elagabalus, Uranius Antoninus served as High Priest of Elah Gabal in Emesa.  From this vantage, he witnessed the birth of Ardeshir’s Persia and the changing fortunes of the Palmyrenes. “Even the name of Tadmor, or Palmyra, by its signification in […]The post Episode B40 – Uranius first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

31mins

29 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 5 – Blind-sided

“I was asleep upon my bed, having become weary…like a snake of the necropolis. As I came to, I awoke to fighting, and found that it was an attack of the bodyguard. If I had quickly taken weapons in my hand, I would have made […]The post Episode 5 – Blind-sided first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

35mins

7 May 2012

Rank #5

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Episode 25 – The Voyage of Solon

“Ahmose became a lover of the Hellenes; and besides other proofs of friendship which he gave to several among them, he also granted the city of Naucratis for those of them who came to Egypt to dwell in; and to those who did not desire […]The post Episode 25 – The Voyage of Solon first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

33mins

6 Apr 2013

Rank #6

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Episode B16 – Burn

Synopsis:  The birth of Drusilla and Sohaemus’ son Gaius Julius Alexio.  The Empire confronts the revolt of Boudica, renewed warfare in Armenia, and the Great Fire of Rome. “Rome shall perish – write that word In the blood that she has spilt; Perish, hopeless and […]The post Episode B16 – Burn first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

27mins

12 Jun 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 6 – The New Kingdoms

After expelling the Hyksos, the rulers of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty led their New Kingdom in an unprecedented drive for territorial expansion.  In Syria and the Levant, they were forced to contend with powerful new states forged by the Hurrians and the Hittites.The post Episode 6 – The New Kingdoms first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

34mins

19 May 2012

Rank #8

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Episode B14 – The Just

Synopsis:  The divorce of Felix and Drusilla.  James and Paul struggle for the soul of early Christianity.  “And then it was that the sicarii, as they were called, who were robbers, grew numerous.  They made use of small swords, not much different in length from […]The post Episode B14 – The Just first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

25mins

15 May 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 33 – Democracy and Republic, Part 1

“He added the Athenian people, who had formally not been in the center of things, to his own party, changed the names of the tribes and increased their number.  He made ten tribal commanders instead of four and distributed demes into the tribes ten at […]The post Episode 33 – Democracy and Republic, Part 1 first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

34mins

10 Aug 2013

Rank #10

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Episode B22 – Optimus

Synopsis:  Silas guides Emesa in its transition to a pilgrimage site.  The death of King Tiridates I of Armenia brings Rome and Parthia into conflict. “(Parthomasiris) greeted him, took off his diadem from his head, and laid it at (Trajan’s) feet.  Then he stood there […]The post Episode B22 – Optimus first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

26mins

23 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Episode 9 – The Other 99 Percent

“Regarding what you wrote me before:  ‘Enemy ships were observed at sea!’  If it is true that ships were observed, reinforce yourself.  Where are your troops and chariots?  Are they not with you?  If not, who will deliver you from the enemy?  Surround your cities […]The post Episode 9 – The Other 99 Percent first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

38mins

12 Jun 2012

Rank #12

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Episode B23 – Parthicus

Synopsis:  At the far point of his campaign, Trajan’s Eastern conquests begin to slip from his fingers. “Thence he came to the (Persian Gulf) itself, and when he had learned its nature and seen a boat sailing to India, he said: ‘I should certainly have […]The post Episode B23 – Parthicus first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

26mins

7 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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Episode B6 – Eurus

Synopsis: Juba accompanies Gaius Caesar on his Eastern expedition.  “Tigranes…marched forth with an army of such huge proportions that he actually laughed heartily at the appearance of the Romans present there.  He is said to have remarked that, in cases where they came to make […]The post Episode B6 – Eurus first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

33mins

3 Jan 2015

Rank #14

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Episode 8 – Look Upon My Works

“…And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings, Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.”  – Shelley, […]The post Episode 8 – Look Upon My Works first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

33mins

5 Jun 2012

Rank #15

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Episode 20 – The House of Succession

In the mid-seventh century BC, Nubia and Assyria struggled for control over Egypt before the kingdom regained independence under the pharaoh Psamtik I.  King Gyges of Lydia drove the Cimmerians from western Anatolia and sent Greek mercenaries to reinforce the pharaoh’s armies.  Ashurbanipal spent decades […]The post Episode 20 – The House of Succession first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

30mins

21 Jan 2013

Rank #16

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Episode B24 – The Yona Kings

Synopsis:  The Macedonian kingdoms of Central Asia endured for centuries before being absorbed into the Kushan Empire.  Hadrian’s actions in Judea spark a third Jewish Revolt. “Has it ever happened to you, O king, that rival kings rose up against you as enemies and opponents? […]The post Episode B24 – The Yona Kings first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

31mins

19 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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Episode B15 – God of the Mountain

Synopsis:  Drusilla marries the Emesene Priest-King Gaius Julius Sohaemus.  Rome and Parthia go to war over Armenia.  “Our ancestors worshipped the Sun, and they were not that foolish. It makes sense to revere the Sun and the stars, for we are their children.” – Carl […]The post Episode B15 – God of the Mountain first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

27mins

29 May 2015

Rank #18

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Episode 24 – A Wolf Among Hounds

“I freed those here who suffered unseemly enslavement and feared the tempers of their masters.  I did this by harnessing force and justice together with power, and I carried through my promises.  I wrote statues alike for those of high and of low social status, […]The post Episode 24 – A Wolf Among Hounds first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

32mins

21 Mar 2013

Rank #19

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Episode 26 – The Last Kings of Babylon

“So it was that the Persians, who had once been the slaves of the Medes, became their masters.“ – Heroditus Nebuchadnezzar II turned Babylon into the most magnificent city of the ancient world, but the Chaldean line dissipated in his wake.  Nabonidus’ fervent devotion to […]The post Episode 26 – The Last Kings of Babylon first appeared on THE ANCIENT WORLD.

32mins

18 Apr 2013

Rank #20