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The Rhine

Stories from the chaotic frontier between Rome and the "Barbarians" that became Europe's fault line. We chart the rise of the Roman Empire, it's fall in the West, and the reverberations that led to centuries of conflict between France and Germany.

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2 - Germanii Storm

Covering 146 to 100 BCE, we talk about Roman expansion and a huge Germanic invasion. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook.  Check it out!    https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts

31mins

16 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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3 - Caesar's Bloody Drills

We spend a year in Gaul with Julius Caesar and his Roman legions. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook.  Check it out!    https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts

31mins

23 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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4 - Caesar's 14 Cohorts

Caesar conquest of Gaul continues, but it's not smooth sailing. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook.  Check it out!    https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts

29mins

30 Nov 2015

Rank #3

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62 - The Retreat of the Conquerors

Covering the years 402 - 406, we discuss the changing nature of the Roman state, particularly in the west.

45mins

17 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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43 - Centurion

Covering the years 296 - 305, we continue continue through the somewhat controversial reign of Diocles / Diocletian.   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

51mins

19 Sep 2016

Rank #5

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44 - Constantine's Wild Ride

Finally, we tell our first story about Constantine, a man who re-shaped Europe.

35mins

26 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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45 - Constantine on the Rhine

Covering the years 306 - 311, we tell the story of Constantine's complicated relationship with the Germanii, then shift to a dramatic series of political events in Italy. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

44mins

3 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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24 - Diaspora (2/2)

After a brief legend from the 500s BCE, we cover the years 68 - 135 CE, following the compelling story of how first Jews came to France and Germany. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

1hr 25mins

11 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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11 - Things Always Come in Threes

Covering the years 12 BCE - 9 BCE, we meet a Germanic tribe and follow the first Roman explorer of Germania, Drusus Claudius Nero. Check us out on facebook!  Each week we release a new graphic to go along with the show:   https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=nf

40mins

11 Jan 2016

Rank #9

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5 - Caesar's Rival

Caesar takes his eye off the ball and the Gauls take advantage, led by a dynamic young war chief

32mins

7 Dec 2015

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58 - The Limits of Earthly Power

This week, we cover the war of words between the Bishop Ambrose of Milan and the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius "the Great."

33mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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48 - Constantine the Great

Great men are not always good. The Rhine is supported by you!  To help us out on the research and production of the show, click here Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

42mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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23 - Diaspora (1/2)

Covering the years 66 - 68, it's the first part of our series on the Roman-Jewish Wars and the Jewish Diaspora. Ways to get in touch with the show: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast or #TheRhinePodcast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

1hr 10mins

4 Apr 2016

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57 - After Adrianople

Covering 378-382, we cover the aftermath of the Battle of Adrianople.

31mins

13 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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59 - Caught in the Middle

Covering the years 382 - 395, the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire are set on a collision course, and the Goths are caught in the middle.

37mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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53 - Gothia in Retreat

The arrival of the Huns in 375 CE signals the beginning of a new European epoch.  First on the chopping block: the Goths.

32mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #16

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47 - Constantine's Battle for Rome

Constantine marches his army through the Alps to attack Maxentius. To support the show: www.rhinecast.com/donate Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

36mins

24 Oct 2016

Rank #17

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7 - Wild Cards

Players jostle for power in the aftermath of Julius Caesar's assassination.  Gaul becomes part of the Roman world. We upload a cool graphic for each episode on Facebook.  Check it out!    https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts

36mins

14 Dec 2015

Rank #18

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41 - Distortion (2/2)

We cover the rise of Diocletian, and dispel a few myths Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=ts Twitter: @rhinecast Email: rhinecast@gmail.com

41mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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12 - Is Anyone Really Free?

Covering the 18 years from 9 BCE - 9 CE, we examine the cracks in the Augustan Golden Age and spend some time with the under-appreciated Tiberius Claudius Nero, or as he was later known, Tiberius Caesar. Check us out on facebook!  Each week we release a new graphic to go along with the show:   https://www.facebook.com/rhinecast/?fref=nf

43mins

18 Jan 2016

Rank #20