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Hannibal and the Punic Wars

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A History Of: Hannibal and the Punic Wars is a biweekly biography of everybody's favourite Carthaginian general. We follow Hannibal throughout his campaigns as well as looking at the Punic Wars at large. This is done through a mixture of lecture style episodes as well as more relaxed Let's Talk episodes; in which I invite guests onto the show to talk about Hannibal, Rome, Carthage, the Punic Wars and the ancient world in general. Please note, I have recently upgraded my recording equipment and am updating the back-catalogue. Presently episodes 4 through 17 need to be re-recorded; so bear with me.

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A History Of: Hannibal and the Punic Wars is a biweekly biography of everybody's favourite Carthaginian general. We follow Hannibal throughout his campaigns as well as looking at the Punic Wars at large. This is done through a mixture of lecture style episodes as well as more relaxed Let's Talk episodes; in which I invite guests onto the show to talk about Hannibal, Rome, Carthage, the Punic Wars and the ancient world in general. Please note, I have recently upgraded my recording equipment and am updating the back-catalogue. Presently episodes 4 through 17 need to be re-recorded; so bear with me.

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58 Ratings
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Great Podcast

By OLE-S - May 11 2018
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Really enjoyed this podcast. Found myself hoping something would change & Hannibal would win.

Can you dig it!!!

By Harry Greenstuff - Feb 19 2018
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Well I do an example of how history can make for the most epic stories.

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
6
4
1
5

Great Podcast

By OLE-S - May 11 2018
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Really enjoyed this podcast. Found myself hoping something would change & Hannibal would win.

Can you dig it!!!

By Harry Greenstuff - Feb 19 2018
Read more
Well I do an example of how history can make for the most epic stories.
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Hannibal and the Punic Wars

Latest release on Aug 03, 2016

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A History Of: Hannibal and the Punic Wars is a biweekly biography of everybody's favourite Carthaginian general. We follow Hannibal throughout his campaigns as well as looking at the Punic Wars at large. This is done through a mixture of lecture style episodes as well as more relaxed Let's Talk episodes; in which I invite guests onto the show to talk about Hannibal, Rome, Carthage, the Punic Wars and the ancient world in general. Please note, I have recently upgraded my recording equipment and am updating the back-catalogue. Presently episodes 4 through 17 need to be re-recorded; so bear with me.

Rank #1: PSA - London Date Change and New Podcasts

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A PSA. London's date changes from 8th June to 23rd of June, and two new podcasts are announced. A History Of: Alexander the Great - Remastered - from Tuesday 11th June, and The Arab Spring: A History - from Thursday 6th June.

Jul 10 2015

3mins

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Rank #2: Episode 34 - Cannae

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This week we cover Cannae. Need I say more?

Jun 29 2015

15mins

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Rank #3: Episode 51 - The Battle of Rome

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This week we enter 211 covering three big events: Hannibal's March on Rome, the 'Battle' of Rome, and the Fall of Capua.

Jul 20 2015

20mins

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Rank #4: Episode 19 - The Journey Begins

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This week we begin Hannibal's journey to Italy. We assess his options in the winter of 219-218 and find out why he had to invade Italy by land. We then follow him as he travels to Gades, before heading north and crossing the Ebro.

Jun 18 2015

19mins

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Rank #5: Episode 20 - Gauls and Elephants

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This week we cover the Gallic revolt of 218 BC, as well as bringing Hannibal over the Rhone and introducing the elephants. But, this is not the most important thing. Also announced is the first ever TheHistoryOf Podcast meet up! We will be hanging out with Jamie Jeffers of the British History Podcast at 5PM on the 25th of November in the Black Swan Inn, York. It should be a ton of fun and I hope to see you there! Also announced is the 25th Episode Specular! I would love to have a bit of a Q and A, so if you want to know about the podcast, how it is made, the origin story, future projects, about me, about Manchester City, about Hannibal, about Rome, Carthage, the Punic Wars, Alexander the great, maybe you would want to guest introduce the show, maybe you have some ideas about something for the 25th episode, whether it be something to talk about or something to do, for all of the above and more, please let me know. Just nothing about the X factor, I cannot stand that rubbish. I am sure you know how to contact me, but, if you don not, you can contact me by sending me an email, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 18 2015

21mins

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Rank #6: Episode 26 - In the Bleak Midwinter

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This week we mostly go back to the norm. We have a round up of last week, going over future plans for 'Let's Talk' episodes and the book. After this we take a look at what happened after the Trebia, the sacking of Victumulae, Hannibal's use of wigs and his abortive attempt to cross the Apennines.

Jun 21 2015

17mins

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Rank #7: Episode 72 - Completing the Conquest

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This week the podcast returns to something resembling a normal schedule! We watch Scipio be victorious over Hasdrubal, who fled to Italy, and then over Gisco to win the Spanish theatre of the war.

Oct 05 2015

22mins

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Rank #8: Episode 63 - Back to Italy

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This week we finally return to Italy. We recap just where we were in the narrative in 211, look at the consular elections for 210, the siege of Tarentum and the battle for Salapia.

Aug 19 2015

12mins

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Rank #9: Episode 64 - The Prolonged Battle

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This week we bring the narrative into 209, looking at the eventful election of Fabius and Fulvius to the consulship and the three day battle of Canusium. Also features a tangent on Narnia.

Aug 23 2015

14mins

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Rank #10: Episode 71 - Scipio in Spain

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This week we continue Scipio's adventures in Spain, focusing much of the episode on his brilliant capture of New Carthage. We also include a brief discussion on how inaccurate ancient sources are, specifically when they say Gaul had a population of two hundred million people.

Sep 20 2015

11mins

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Rank #11: Episode 24 - Trebia

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This week I battle a cold, attempting to cover the battle of the Trebia. We look at the events leading up to the battle and Hannibal's ambush.

Jun 20 2015

18mins

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Rank #12: Episode 56 - Are We At War Yet?

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This week we continue to look at Syracuse, finding out what Epicydes and Hippocrates do once they become magistrates. Marcellus also rejoins the story.

Jul 25 2015

11mins

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Rank #13: Episode 67 - Disastrously Well

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This week we have the build up to the Metaurus.

Sep 02 2015

14mins

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Rank #14: Episode 23 - The First Line of Defence

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This week we cover Hannibal's actions after crossing the Alps and the first battle of the war, the Battle of the Ticinus, fought between Hannibal and Publius Cornelius Scipio. We also introduce his son, a certain Scipio Africanus.

Jun 20 2015

20mins

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Rank #15: Episode 68 - Metaurus

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This week we have the Metaurus.

Sep 06 2015

12mins

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Rank #16: Episode 22 - Treacherous

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This week we cover treacherous Gallic tribes, Hannibal's treacherous crossing of the Alps and the song Treacherous by Taylor Swift. Featuring special guest Robin Pierson of the podcast, The History of Byzantium.

Jun 19 2015

17mins

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Rank #17: Episode 52 - Knockout Punches

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This week we go back to Spain and cover the years 216 to 214.

Jul 21 2015

15mins

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Rank #18: Episode 21 - My Side of the Mountains

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This week we cover the first conflict between the Romans and Carthaginians in the war, as well as beginning Hannibal's journey over the Alps.

Jun 19 2015

15mins

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Rank #19: Episode 74 - The Debate

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This week we wrap up events in Sicily, but the main focus is the epic senate debate between Fabius and Scipio.

Oct 20 2015

33mins

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Rank #20: Episode 38 - My Generation

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This week is a departure from normality. For a week we mostly break out of the narrative, and go into historian mode. We take a look at the rise of the next generation, men like Scipio Africanus, in the days after Cannae, as well as looking at the situation at Rome.

Jul 03 2015

27mins

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Episode 79 - Epilogue

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The final episode. We analyse the Second Punic War, and why Carthage lost. We then look at what happened to Hannibal and Scipio after the war. We conclude by looking at the short Third Punic War, in which Carthage was destroyed.

Aug 03 2016

23mins

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Episode 78 - Zama

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In this week, our penultimate episode, we cover the battle of Zama. Scipio finally fights Hannibal. This brings to a close the Second Punic War.

Jul 28 2016

16mins

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Episode 77 - Great Plains

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This week we cover the Battle of the Great Plains, and close the Italian theatre of the war as Hannibal finally goes home.

Jul 26 2016

16mins

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Episode 76 - Utica

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This week the African war really gets underway. Scipio, Laelius and Masinissa duel with Hasdrubal and Syphax around Utica, while things go badly for Hannibal in Italy.

Feb 24 2016

18mins

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Episode 75 - Into Africa

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This week Scipio invades Africa and Mago invades Italy.

Nov 27 2015

15mins

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Episode 74 - The Debate

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This week we wrap up events in Sicily, but the main focus is the epic senate debate between Fabius and Scipio.

Oct 20 2015

33mins

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Episode 73 - Housework

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This week we watch Scipio tie up all the loose ends in Spain before moving back to Italy to take the consulship.

Oct 12 2015

23mins

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Episode 72 - Completing the Conquest

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This week the podcast returns to something resembling a normal schedule! We watch Scipio be victorious over Hasdrubal, who fled to Italy, and then over Gisco to win the Spanish theatre of the war.

Oct 05 2015

22mins

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Episode 71 - Scipio in Spain

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This week we continue Scipio's adventures in Spain, focusing much of the episode on his brilliant capture of New Carthage. We also include a brief discussion on how inaccurate ancient sources are, specifically when they say Gaul had a population of two hundred million people.

Sep 20 2015

11mins

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Episode 70 - Spain Again

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This week we travel back to Spain to look at an incident between Nero and Hasdrubal, a prelude to the Metaurus. We then introduce Scipio Africanus into the narrative and take him to Spain, where he plans an attack on New Carthage.

Sep 13 2015

14mins

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Episode 69 - The Beginning of the End

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This week we have the aftermath of the Metaurus.

Sep 09 2015

8mins

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Episode 68 - Metaurus

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This week we have the Metaurus.

Sep 06 2015

12mins

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Episode 67 - Disastrously Well

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This week we have the build up to the Metaurus.

Sep 02 2015

14mins

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Episode 66 - Looming Spectre

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This week we look at the aftermath of the death of Marcellus, before moving on to 207 and the looming menace in the north of Italy that was Hasdrubal.

Aug 30 2015

16mins

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Episode 65 - The Roman Milner

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This week we have a jam-packed episode. Fabius takes Tarentum, we have the consular elections of 208, the death of Marcellus and, most importantly, we examine just why Manchester City need to make sure that James Milner signs a new contract.

Aug 26 2015

13mins

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Episode 64 - The Prolonged Battle

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This week we bring the narrative into 209, looking at the eventful election of Fabius and Fulvius to the consulship and the three day battle of Canusium. Also features a tangent on Narnia.

Aug 23 2015

14mins

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Episode 63 - Back to Italy

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This week we finally return to Italy. We recap just where we were in the narrative in 211, look at the consular elections for 210, the siege of Tarentum and the battle for Salapia.

Aug 19 2015

12mins

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Episode 62 - War in Greece

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Hannibal is back! This week we cover the war in Greece, often called the First Macedonian War. We see just how things faired as the Romans, Macedonians, Achaeans and Aetolians duelled for control of the country.

Aug 16 2015

14mins

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Episode 61 - Greece 101

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This week we turn to the fifth theatre of the war, Greece. We have a high speed historical overview, before getting into the narrative with Philip V of Macedonia in 217. Featuring special guest Rob Monaco of The Podcast History of Our World.

Aug 12 2015

17mins

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Episode 60 - Let's Talk Teutoburgerwald

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This week we are joined by token Welshman Tom Vaudin for Let's Talk Number 4 - Teutoburgerwald. As my friend Tom is something of a specialist on the Teutoburgerwald we talk about the lead up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath, as well as the Roman army in the early imperial period. Now this is a Let's Talk, so we must have tangents. We talk about The Hobbit, Les Miserable, the geography of Mordor, Manchester City's excellent run of form, the disasters that have befallen Manchester United (YES!) and a very detailed analysis of the first Formula One test of 2014 at Jerez, with particular attention given to the problems that Red Bull are having.

Aug 09 2015

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iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
6
4
1
5

Great Podcast

By OLE-S - May 11 2018
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Really enjoyed this podcast. Found myself hoping something would change & Hannibal would win.

Can you dig it!!!

By Harry Greenstuff - Feb 19 2018
Read more
Well I do an example of how history can make for the most epic stories.