Rank #1: 003 - Legacy of Prometheus
In case you can't tell from the title, our exciting third episode has something to do with Prometheus' gift to humanity! But that's not all, how about some scientific reasons about skin pigmentation, evidence of another human species on this Earth, and why I choose to use BC/AD. Check it out!
Aug 29 2012
Rank #2: 004 - The Stone Age
Are you ready to rock? Because we're heading into the workings of the prehistoric mind...where taming former enemies, drilling into skulls, stone age fetishes and art await!
Sep 06 2012
Rank #3: 047 - Alexander the Great
Was he so great? Well his mom certainly thought so, and so did he! And really, when it comes right down to it, he did more by 20 than pretty much everybody since then.
Featuring a guest introduction by the podcaster who has an ENTIRE series on Alex...Jamie Redfern! Be sure to listen to his extremely well made The History of: Alexander
Mar 06 2014
Rank #4: 056 - The Origins of China
We begin our tour of ancient China! Gonna throw it out there right now, I do my best with the pronunciations. I think they're decent but they're not perfect. If you want to hear fluent speakers there are two excellent Chinese History podcasts available for your listening pleasure. Check them out!
Sep 01 2014
Rank #5: 064 - Carthage
Carthage always seems to take a backseat in history to another big player in the Mediterranean. It could be because it's really tough to find solid writing on them...but hey, when has fact and evidence ever stopped this podcast! So we stretch things a bit and talk about events that may or may not have ever existed...whatever! Onwards to Carthage, with a very special guest introduction by Dominic Perry of the Egyptian History Podcast!
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Feb 24 2015
Rank #6: 005 - Neolithic Revolution
You say you want a revolution? Would you settle for the greatest invention of all time?
Sep 16 2012
Rank #7: 006 - Sumer: Cradle of Civilization
It's Sumer time and the livin's easy! Mesopotamia 6,000 years ago was a heady time to be alive! Sure the occasional rain storm might melt your city but who cares? Ninkasi, Goddess of Beer will help you through those difficult times!
Sep 20 2012
Rank #8: 036 - Sparta
THIS IS...an episode about Sparta! (and there are no 300 references in here too. Well, one, but it's about facial hair!) People just looove Sparta. Tough guys and gals who don't let anyone stand in their way! Grr! Kick a diplomat down a well!
Oh but let's just go ahead and ignore the whole brutally enslave your Greek brothers and sisters thing. Wouldn't want that to spoil our rosy image of them, eh?
May 15 2013
Rank #9: 007 - The Epic of Gilgamesh
In which we listen to a 5,000 year old epic story of true friendship, overcoming the whims of the gods, and a man's desperate quest for immortality. Plus I have way too much fun with Audacity, there's that too. Guest starring the ever so lovely Alexandra!
Sep 22 2012
Rank #10: 012 - Egypt
Time for a new chapter of TPHOOW as we head off to Egypt! I'll walk you through the top of the line mummification process and spend way too much time on a certain river! Plus poetry! Are we having fun yet?
Oct 18 2012
Rank #11: 020 - Moses
There's the Moses you know, and the Moses from all the various stories and traditions about him. Let me tell you, that version is far more interesting!
Dec 18 2012
Rank #12: 048 - Alexander the Great pt.2
Who says you can't condense the life and adventures of Western Civilization's most famous conqueror into two episodes? We wind up our travels with Alexander in this, our final episode with the ancient Greeks!
Oh who am I kidding. I'm sure we'll see them again at some point. But not for a while!
Mar 18 2014
Rank #13: 049 - The Indus Valley Civilization
Our first episode in India! Although really most of it takes place in Pakistan. Not that either exist at this point. And it's another episode based on no written information whatsoever! Hooray!
Apr 17 2014
Rank #14: 030 - Cyrus the Great
So many people throughout history get to have "The Great" as a moniker, but do they deserve it? Heck no! But Cyrus, here is the exception! From the curious mythology of his birth, to the massive empire he carved out in thirty years, to essentially penning the first human rights charter, who in the ancient world can compare to the luminosity of Cyrus the Achaemenid? Pfft! Go ahead! I challenge you to do so!
Mar 07 2013
Rank #15: 019 - The Ancient Israelites
Dec 11 2012
Rank #16: 033 - Prehistory in the Aegean
Welcome to our first episode with the Greeks! Although as you'll find out, there aren't many Greeks in this episode! We'll do as much as we can with the historical record on Crete, and then use mythological tradition to fill in the blanks. Opa!
Apr 11 2013
Rank #17: 037 - Athens
Did ya miss me? I'm back from a month long hiatus to bring you Athens! Part one! The city so nice it gets episodes...uh...twice. Well anyway in this one we cover it's earliest mythological days to it's first tyranny. BOOM.
Jun 27 2013
Rank #18: 039 - The Persian Wars: Invasion
The granddaddy of all ancient battles! Will the forces of long beards, extreme workout regimens and kicking people down wells win out against the folks who created the first human rights charter? Part one of our look at this fascinating time!
Jul 30 2013
Rank #19: 050 - The Vedic Age
An episode in which I try to mispronounce as many languages as possible, and then attempt to reconcile massive historical controversies in just under 20 minutes. Fun!
May 18 2014
Rank #20: 065 - Carthage vs. Syracuse
The confrontation between the Hellenic and the Punic world was inevitable, but the battleground would be Sicily, a land quite near and dear to me! It's here that the balance of power would sway back and forth in a seemingly futile struggle. Of course it'd be a shame if someone else were to burst in swinging...but that's for the next episode!
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Mar 05 2015