Rank #1: 001 - Let There Be History
The very first chapter of The Podcast History of Our World! Here I explain the purpose and intent of the program and begin our history tour...with some non-history! What's a good starting point for history? 10,000 BC? 10,000,000 BC? How about at the beginning of all things and some creation myths to pave our way!
And don't forget to follow me on twitter: @podcasthistory
Or the website: www.podcasthistoryofourworld.com
Rank #2: 070 - Legends of the Roman Kings
Why legends? Because the first four kings of Rome have no historical corroborating evidence! I mean, they probably existed...seems like an awful lot of detail for supposedly fictional people...but we'll most likely never know for sure. That won't stop us from learning about them anyway!
Rank #3: 069 - Rome
Ave Podcastorians! This is it - our first foray into the hallowed halls of Roman history, although in typical TPHOOW tradition...there's very little actual 'history' in this episode. Oh c'mon you know you missed it!
And HEY who's that introducing the episode? Why it's none other than guest introducer and fearsome corsair Cap'n Craig Buddy of the History of Pirates Podcast! Be sure to give his excellent show a listen and indulge your inner buccaneer!
Rank #4: 002 - The Dawn of Man
The second episode, more anthropology than history but c'mon, you want the full story right? So let's talk about climate change, evolution, and meat eating! There's something to upset everyone!
Rank #5: 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
Rank #6: 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!
Rank #7: 071 - Downfall of the Roman Kingdom
It's not a podcasting mirage - it really is a new episode! And it's a long'un to make up for all the time we've been apart.
So what do you say? Ready to come back to Rome? Sure you are!
Rank #8: 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!
Rank #9: 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!
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?
Rank #11: 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?
Rank #12: 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!
Rank #13: 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!
Rank #14: 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!
Rank #15: 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!
Rank #16: 019 - The Ancient Israelites
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.
Rank #18: 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!
Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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!