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True stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

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True stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

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So fun

By Joyntaylor - Feb 18 2020
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I love learning history I didnt know! This is so fun!

Dramatic and comic and fun!

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From the brief dramatic vignette that opens most episodes, through the cheerfully energetic tales of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Antony, incestuous and cultured Ptolemies, War elephants and more; Genn and Jenny entertain and inform.

iTunes Ratings

86 Ratings
Average Ratings
76
4
2
1
3

So fun

By Joyntaylor - Feb 18 2020
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I love learning history I didnt know! This is so fun!

Dramatic and comic and fun!

By Arthur909 - Feb 09 2020
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From the brief dramatic vignette that opens most episodes, through the cheerfully energetic tales of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Antony, incestuous and cultured Ptolemies, War elephants and more; Genn and Jenny entertain and inform.
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Ancient History Fangirl

Latest release on Feb 06, 2020

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Rank #1: Cleopatra x Marc Antony: Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Part 1)

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Shakespeare wrote about them. Hollywood glamorized them. For thousands of years, they've come down to us as the ultimate star-crossed lovers: the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra, and the Roman commander Marc Antony.

In the wake of Caesar's death, Cleopatra fled to Egypt--and began picking up the pieces. Meanwhile, Marc Antony defeated Caesar's assassins in battle, and then set his sights on invading Parthia.

But to invade Parthia, he needed the money and support of Rome's richest client ruler: Cleopatra. And Cleopatra had an agenda, too: she needed another Roman protector to shore up her power in Egypt.

Find out what happened when these two met on the banks of the River Tarsus.

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Oct 17 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #2: Amazons: Warrior Women of Greek Mythology

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Hippolyte and her golden belt. Penthesilea and the fall of Troy. The Daughters of Ares. Atalanta and the golden apples. They're everywhere in Greek mythology: fierce, deadly women warriors.

But in a society as male-dominated as ancient Greece, what did this obsession with strong warrior women mean? We take a look at some of the more well-known Amazon myths of ancient Greece--and the mystery of their meaning in context. http://www.ancienthistoryfangirl.com/

Sep 13 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Child Emperors Part 1: Sharks in the Womb

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In ancient Rome, being made Emperor could be a death sentence. Experienced generals and statesmen lasted weeks or months sometimes. In some cases, children were raised to the role. What became of them? Part 1 of our series looks at two very different kinds of child tyrant: Elagabalus and Caracalla.

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Apr 12 2018

30mins

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Rank #4: Fulvia: Original Gangster of Ancient Rome

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The romance between Mark Antony and Cleopatra has beguiled us for centuries. What most people don’t realize is that when Mark Antony met Cleopatra, he was already married—to someone just as epic. Her name was Fulvia.

Cleopatra had glamour and divinity and lots of money. But Fulvia had the gangs. She was a populist firebrand, military leader, and for a while, the undisputed power in Rome: both in the Senate and in the streets.

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Oct 03 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #5: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 1: Germanicus the Manicus

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Close your eyes and imagine a loving family. Devoted parents and six children: three happy brothers and three happy sisters. The father, Germanicus, is a war hero—beloved by the people, and next in line for the throne. Life is good. Life is perfect.

But nothing good can ever stay. It begins with a cough—a funny turn—and suddenly the family of Germanicus is torn apart, caught in the political riptides of Imperial Rome. This dynasty would give rise to two of Rome’s most infamous emperors and some of its most legendary women—before it ends in tragedy. It all begins here. https://www.patreon.com/ancienthistoryfangirl

Nov 22 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #6: How to Survive a Siege, Part 2: Gnaw Off Your Finger, Leave it On the Ground

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Did the Mongols really kill 1.3 million people in a single day? How does civilization devolve in a city under siege when the food runs out? What really went down during the sack of Troy--and what clues did ancient writers leave us? All of this--plus our best siege survival hacks from the ancient world.

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Mar 29 2018

37mins

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Rank #7: Ancient Vampires: They Only Knock Once

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Communities all over the ancient world had a problem: their dead wouldn't stay in the ground. They rose up as shambolic corpses, gusts of wind and evil spirits, draining human life force and devouring flesh and blood.

The vampire myth is an ancient one, found on every continent. Join us as we explore the oldest vampire myths we could find from Sumeria, Greece, Rome, and Germania--and discover the clues they leave us about those cultures.

Oct 25 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Little Boots

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With their parents and older brothers dead, the four remaining Germanicus children (Agrippina, Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla, and Caligula) face an uncertain future. Caligula falls into the clutches of his creepy uncle Tiberius. The sisters are married off in their teens to men more than twice their age—some with violent reputations.

But a family’s fortune can change in a heartbeat. Suddenly Caligula is thrust into power, and the sisters finally have a chance at determining their own lives. Now the family of Germanicus is in charge. They're the sharks. And the sharks have to keep swimming.

Find out how it all unraveled.

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Dec 06 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #9: Cleopatra x Marc Antony: Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Part 2)

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When Cleopatra and Marc Antony met by the River Tarsus, Antony was smitten. And when Cleopatra went back to Alexandria, he forgot about invading Parthia and followed her home.

The two then spent a magical few months in Alexandria, where they threw each other lavish banquets, made bets and compacts, played ridiculous practical jokes on each other and the public--and fell in love.

But nothing good can ever stay. The real world came knocking, and soon Marc Antony was forced to choose between his heart in Alexandria and his future in Rome.

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Nov 14 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: The Gauls: Everything Belongs to the Brave

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In 58 BC, Julius Caesar set his sights on conquering the Gauls. But who were the Gauls? They didn't write things down—and much of what we know about them comes from Caesar himself. An outsider, and a conqueror.

Before we tell you about the Gallic Wars, we want to let the Gauls speak for themselves—or come as close as they can, through archaeology, myth, and other writers who got to know them not as conquerors, but chroniclers.

Meet the Celtic warrior poets, artists, Druids, bards, and artisans who lived in Gaul for thousands of years before Caesar was born.

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Mar 28 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #11: Vampires II: Disease and the Engines of Myth (With Tiny Vampires Podcast)

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Last time we covered vampires, we were struck by the haunting connection between vampire myths and real disease. Between that and the many vampire myths from around the world that we didn’t have time to cover, you might say we had unfinished business with vampires.

This Halloween, Ancient History Fangirl teams up with Raven Forrest Fruscalzo from the Tiny Vampires podcast to explore the intriguing connection between vampires and disease. Join us as we discuss some fascinating vampire myths from regions outside the Greco-Roman world—and the real diseases that may have given rise to these myths.

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Oct 31 2019

59mins

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Rank #12: Julius Caesar and the Point of No Return

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Julius Caesar was in Gaul for eight years—and while he was gone, things in Rome didn’t just stop. His enemies were sharpening their knives, just salivating for him to come back so they could prosecute him. If they got their way, Caesar could lose his legions, his fortune, and his position—and see all his achievements undone.

Caesar was backed into a corner. His only chance to survive involved taking an extreme action that he'd never be able to take back. An action that would catapult him to the pinnacle of Roman power—even as it put a price on his head.

Find out how Caesar got away with it.

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Jun 06 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #13: Cleopatra x Marc Antony: Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Part 3)

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After four years of marriage with Octavia, Marc Antony followed Cleopatra to Alexandria—and settled into life there. He oversaw festivals and athletic contests, cheered Cleopatra on as she ruled Egypt, and showered her and their children with honors and territories.

For all intents and purposes, he was the consort of Egypt’s beloved Pharaoh, the father of her children—and he was home.

But the propaganda war between Antony and Octavian was building to a fever pitch in Rome, even as the Parthians loomed threateningly in the distance. Soon Antony would be called to war—and face the biggest battlefield test of his career.

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Nov 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #14: Vercingetorix: All You Love Must Burn (Part 1)

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This episode is a whole divided into three parts.

In Part 1, we send Julius Caesar and his army on a collision course toward the people of Gaul. This is an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object; the disciplined might of the Roman Republic coming up against an epic warrior culture that had existed in this place for centuries.

Find out how it all started.

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Apr 25 2019

47mins

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Rank #15: Cleopatra and the King of Rome

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When Julius Caesar arrived in Egypt, he walked into a civil war between the country’s new co-rulers: Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra.

The romance between Caesar and Cleopatra is one of the most epic of ancient times. But we can’t tell you that story until you understand who Cleopatra was. And to understand Cleopatra, you have to understand the political element in which she swam.

In this episode, we take you from the cutthroat intrigue of the Ptolemaic court to the volatile streets of Alexandria—and from Cleopatra’s early life to the events that led her to take an extreme gamble and team up with the man who’d just conquered Rome.

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Jul 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: You Don't Know Yule

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What do you know about Yule?

Maybe a lot. The holiday is widely celebrated in Scandinavian countries, and it's an important part of Wiccan and Pagan tradition. But for many of us, the version that's come down through history is strongly associated with Christmas--and heavily sanitized.

When we scratched the surface, however, we found that the origins of Yule were older and darker and weirder than we ever imagined.

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Dec 12 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #17: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 4: Dux Femina

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Of the six children of Germanicus, Agrippina the Younger is the last woman standing. Both savvier than her siblings and more ruthless, she quickly rises to stratospheric levels of power--using any and all means necessary.

But plenty of dangerous people in ancient Rome don't like seeing a woman in control, and they'll do anything to stop her. Agrippina will need all her wits and courage to keep her position--and keep herself alive.

Everything comes up Agrippina--until it doesn't.

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Jan 17 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #18: War Elephants Part 1: Alexander's Immortals

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Few sights terrorized ancient armies more than that of a wall of elephants, tusks drenched in blood, bearing down on them in a killing frenzy. From the mighty armies of ancient India to the crack troops of Alexander the Great, all of them faced down weaponized elephants—and used them to crush their enemies.

We call upon you now to bear witness to an epic story: that of the awesome and great-hearted elephant of war.

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Jun 07 2018

46mins

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Rank #19: Attila the Hun and the Rebel Princess

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In 450 AD, the Imperial Princess Honoria--daughter of Galla Placidia--was desperate to escape her arranged marriage. So she made an indecent proposal--to Attila the Hun.

On this single action, cities were torched. Saints were raised. Thousands died. And Venice was founded. Find out how it all went down.

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Aug 02 2018

29mins

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Rank #20: The Hound of Ulster

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What can a story from ancient Ireland tell us about the Gauls before Caesar?

Maybe a lot. The Hound of Ulster is synonymous with Irish history. But it also draws back the curtain on a world we see echoed in the archaeology of ancient Gaul: a world of epic feasts, the hero’s portion, cattle raiding, magical cauldrons, and chariot warfare.

Think of this episode as a sort of Cauldron of Rebirth. We’re going to go out on a limb and operate under the assumption that a tall tale from Celtic Ireland can help us make the Gauls live and breathe again.

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Apr 11 2019

1hr 34mins

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