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The History of Rome

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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

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Fantastic show

By benschenker - Aug 06 2019
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The best bedtime story, but about Ancient Rome.

Best podcast ever

By smharm - Jul 21 2019
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I just finished listening to all 74 hours of this podcast and can’t wait to start on revolutions!

iTunes Ratings

6231 Ratings
Average Ratings
5650
289
138
76
78

Fantastic show

By benschenker - Aug 06 2019
Read more
The best bedtime story, but about Ancient Rome.

Best podcast ever

By smharm - Jul 21 2019
Read more
I just finished listening to all 74 hours of this podcast and can’t wait to start on revolutions!
Cover image of The History of Rome

The History of Rome

Updated 10 days ago

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A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 003a- The Seven Kings of Rome

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This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to the
throne: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who they
were and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.
Feb 25 2010
16 mins
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Rank #2: 003b- The Seven Kings of Rome

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The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three members
of the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius
and Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that he
was overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.
Feb 25 2010
18 mins
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Rank #3: 004- The Public Thing

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The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was now
established. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, the
Romans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatened
the unity of the young State.
Feb 25 2010
14 mins
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Rank #4: 164- The Sack of Rome

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After failing to secure a deal with Honorius, Alaric sacked Rome in August of 410. It was the first time the Eternal City had been sacked in 800 years. 

Jan 09 2012
25 mins
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Rank #5: 005- Trials and Tribunlations

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The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew into
adolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly class
divisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs that
resulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.
Feb 25 2010
15 mins
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Rank #6: 073- The Only Man Who Improved

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Vespasian served as Emperor from 69-79 AD, stabilizing the Empire after a year of Civil War.

Mar 01 2010
26 mins
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Rank #7: 154- The Gothic War

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Following Adrianople, Theodosius was brought in to salvage the situation. After determining that he could not beat the Goths in battle, the new Emperor was forced to sign a peace with the barbarians that treated them as, gasp, equals. 

Oct 10 2011
29 mins
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Rank #8: 089- Provincial Matters

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In which I talk for way too long about where the best tin deposits in the Roman Empire can be found.
Apr 05 2010
43 mins
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Rank #9: 039- The Young Julius Caesar Chronicles

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Julius Caesar had an eventful career on his way up the Cursus Honorum. He won the Civic Crown in Asia, was captured by pirates on his way to Rhodes, and served as Governor of Hispania Ulterior.

Feb 28 2010
22 mins
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Rank #10: 020a- The First Punic War

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Feb 28 2010
22 mins
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Rank #11: 082- Hadrian's Walls

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Hadrian's reign got off to a rough start following the political murders of four ex-consuls. The new Emperor would eventually settle in though and set out on his first grand tour of the Empire in 121.

Mar 01 2010
27 mins
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Rank #12: 120- Interregnum

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After Aurelian's death, an old Senator named Marcus Cluadius Tacitus briefly reigned before the throne fell to Probus, who ruled from 276-282.

Dec 20 2010
26 mins
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Rank #13: 061- What, me Claudius?

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Claudius became Emperor after the assassination of Caligula in 41 AD. Far from a bumbling fool, Claudius turned out to be capable and dedicated ruler.

Mar 01 2010
22 mins
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Rank #14: 066- 666

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Nero's popularity with the people began to wane in the early 60s AD. Things got so bad that after the Great Fire of Rome swept through the city, many held Nero responsible.

Mar 01 2010
24 mins
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Rank #15: 023a- The War With Hannibal

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Feb 28 2010
15 mins
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Rank #16: 019- Prelude to the First Punic War

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It was inevitable that the Romans and Cartheginians would run into each other one day.
Feb 28 2010
16 mins
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Rank #17: 170- Atilla Cometh

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In the 440s, the Huns began to direclty attack the Roman Empire. 

Feb 19 2012
24 mins
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Rank #18: 149- The Great Conspiracy

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In the winter of 367 Britannia was hit from all sides by a coordinated barbarian invasion. It would be more than a year before the Romans were able to reassert control over the island.

Aug 29 2011
26 mins
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Rank #19: 111- Phase One Complete

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After the Battle of Abrittus, Trebonianus Gallus was proclaimed Emperor. After reigning for two years he was ousted by Aemilianus, who lasted less than a month on the throne before being ousted by Valerian.

Oct 04 2010
28 mins
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Rank #20: 137- The Christian Emperor

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This episode brought to you live and direct from Constantinople! After defeating Licinius, Constantine found his dream of a united Christian Empire foiled by a very disunited Christian Church.

May 15 2011
23 mins
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