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The History of Rome

A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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041a- The Gallic Wars

After beginning his proconsulship of Cisalpine Gaul in 58 BC Caesar wasasked to halt the advance of a migrating Celtic tribe. He managed toturn them around, but was immediately called to face an even deadlierthreat at the banks of the Rhine River.

20mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #1

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012- The First Samnite War

From 343-341 BC Rome fought a brief war against the Samnites, apowerful hill tribe who would plague the Romans for the rest of thecentury. The Romans won an inconclusive victory, but the war was onlythe opening salvo in a long running struggle between the two peoples.

18mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #2

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022- Prelude to the Second Punic War

14mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #3

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034- No Greater Friend, No Worse Enemy

Sulla returned from the east and after winning a short Civil War wasmade Dictator for Life. After purging his enemies and reorganizing theconsitution he inexplicably stepped down in 80 BC.

20mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #4

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020a- The First Punic War

22mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #5

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031b- Marius

15mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #6

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002- Youthful Indiscretions

Last time we discussed the events that lead to the birth of Rome,covering the arrival of Aeneas in Italy and the story of the twinsRomulus and Remus. Today we will cover the remainder of Romulus's life,his questionable morality and ultimate disappearance from the world ofmen.

11mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #7

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019- Prelude to the First Punic War

It was inevitable that the Romans and Cartheginians would run into each other one day.

16mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #8

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032- The Social War

14mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #9

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136- Let This Be Our Final Battle

War between Licinius and Constantine flared up again in 324 AD. This time Constantine would finish the job.

23mins

1 May 2011

Rank #10

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117- Aurelian's Walls

Aurelian became Emperor in 270 and immediatly faced an invasion of Italy by the Juthungi. After succesfully driving the Germans off, Aurelian turned his attention to building a new wall circuit around Rome to protect the capital in the future.

26mins

29 Nov 2010

Rank #11

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003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to thethrone: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who theywere and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.

16mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #12

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040- In the Consulship of Julius and Caesar

In 59 BC Julius Caesar served a controversial year in the consulship.He pressed for land and administrative reforms the conservative Senateopposed.

23mins

28 Feb 2010

Rank #13

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003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three membersof the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tulliusand Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that hewas overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.

18mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #14

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176- The Quote Unquote Emperor

From 461-465 the Western Empire was ruled by Ricimer through a puppet Emperor named Libius Severus. Not everyone in the west was supportive of the new regime. 

25mins

16 Apr 2012

Rank #15

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005- Trials and Tribunlations

The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew intoadolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly classdivisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs thatresulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.

15mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #16

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058- Partner of my Labors

After the death of Tiberius's son Drusus, Praetorian Prefect Lucius Sejanus's influence grew exponentially. Sejanus was the defacto ruler of Rome from 26 AD until his fall from power 5 years later.

27mins

1 Mar 2010

Rank #17

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061- What, me Claudius?

Claudius became Emperor after the assassination of Caligula in 41 AD. Far from a bumbling fool, Claudius turned out to be capable and dedicated ruler.

22mins

1 Mar 2010

Rank #18

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008- Decades of Gloom

The years after the creation of the Twelve Tables were hard. Politicaldiscord, grain shortages and famine all conspired to weaken the city,but the Romans soldiered on in the face of seemingly insurmountableadversity.

15mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #19

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004- The Public Thing

The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was nowestablished. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, theRomans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatenedthe unity of the young State.

14mins

25 Feb 2010

Rank #20