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True stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

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True stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

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Nothing but cussing

By fufupla - Oct 30 2019
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Kids are listening. Narrator sounds like she just discovered adult language. Why am I not surprised she’s Canadian?

What more can be written

By Lord Sir Lee - Jan 07 2019
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Incredibly sexy voices. ........Praise Saturn. James Lee

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69 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
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2
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3

Nothing but cussing

By fufupla - Oct 30 2019
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Kids are listening. Narrator sounds like she just discovered adult language. Why am I not surprised she’s Canadian?

What more can be written

By Lord Sir Lee - Jan 07 2019
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Incredibly sexy voices. ........Praise Saturn. James Lee
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Ancient History Fangirl

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True stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

Rank #1: Cleopatra and the King of Rome

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When Julius Caesar arrived in Egypt, he walked into a civil war between the country’s new co-rulers: Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra.

The romance between Caesar and Cleopatra is one of the most epic of ancient times. But we can’t tell you that story until you understand who Cleopatra was. And to understand Cleopatra, you have to understand the political element in which she swam.

In this episode, we take you from the cutthroat intrigue of the Ptolemaic court to the volatile streets of Alexandria—and from Cleopatra’s early life to the events that led her to take an extreme gamble and team up with the man who’d just conquered Rome.

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Jul 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 1: Germanicus the Manicus

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Close your eyes and imagine a loving family. Devoted parents and six children: three happy brothers and three happy sisters. The father, Germanicus, is a war hero—beloved by the people, and next in line for the throne. Life is good. Life is perfect.

But nothing good can ever stay. It begins with a cough—a funny turn—and suddenly the family of Germanicus is torn apart, caught in the political riptides of Imperial Rome. This dynasty would give rise to two of Rome’s most infamous emperors and some of its most legendary women—before it ends in tragedy. It all begins here. https://www.patreon.com/ancienthistoryfangirl

Nov 22 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #3: Child Emperors Part 1: Sharks in the Womb

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In ancient Rome, being made Emperor could be a death sentence. Experienced generals and statesmen lasted weeks or months sometimes. In some cases, children were raised to the role. What became of them? Part 1 of our series looks at two very different kinds of child tyrant: Elagabalus and Caracalla.

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Apr 12 2018

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Rank #4: Ancient Vampires: They Only Knock Once

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Communities all over the ancient world had a problem: their dead wouldn't stay in the ground. They rose up as shambolic corpses, gusts of wind and evil spirits, draining human life force and devouring flesh and blood.

The vampire myth is an ancient one, found on every continent. Join us as we explore the oldest vampire myths we could find from Sumeria, Greece, Rome, and Germania--and discover the clues they leave us about those cultures.

Oct 25 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #5: Praetorian Guard, Part 1: The Beast in Your House

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The Praetorian Guard was the elite military unit tasked with protecting the Emperors of Rome. Except when they held the assassin's blade themselves. The Praetorians brought emperors low and raised them up; shaped the fate of the Empire and were eventually destroyed by it. This is their story.

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May 10 2018

27mins

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Rank #6: The Gauls: Everything Belongs to the Brave

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In 58 BC, Julius Caesar set his sights on conquering the Gauls. But who were the Gauls? They didn't write things down—and much of what we know about them comes from Caesar himself. An outsider, and a conqueror.

Before we tell you about the Gallic Wars, we want to let the Gauls speak for themselves—or come as close as they can, through archaeology, myth, and other writers who got to know them not as conquerors, but chroniclers.

Meet the Celtic warrior poets, artists, Druids, bards, and artisans who lived in Gaul for thousands of years before Caesar was born.

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Mar 28 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Child Emperors Part 2: Lambs to the Slaughter

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Some child emperors became tyrants. Others were taken advantage of by stronger regents and family members--frequently with tragic results. In this episode, we'll take a look at weaker child emperors who struggled to overcome the influence of power-hungry adults around them.

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #8: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 3: Agrippina and the Wolf Girl

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With their brother Caligula dead, the two remaining Germanicus children--Julia Livilla and Agrippina--are called home from exile. The new emperor, their uncle Claudius, welcomes them with open arms. Life is good. Life...is perfect.

But in ancient Rome, the knives in the dark are still sharp. The sisters find themselves facing threats from all sides. Chief among those threats is the most powerful woman in Roman society--an enemy known as the Wolf Girl.

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Jan 03 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: How to Survive a Siege, Part 2: Gnaw Off Your Finger, Leave it On the Ground

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Did the Mongols really kill 1.3 million people in a single day? How does civilization devolve in a city under siege when the food runs out? What really went down during the sack of Troy--and what clues did ancient writers leave us? All of this--plus our best siege survival hacks from the ancient world.

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Mar 29 2018

37mins

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Rank #10: Locusta the Poisoner: Rome's Deadliest Assassin

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Ancient Rome was full of rich, ambitious social climbers in a cutthroat political environment—people who had enemies to get rid of, and deep pockets to pay for the service.

Poison assassins were in high demand—and one of the most notorious was a woman named Locusta the Poisoner. Learn her story--and get a crash course on poison and poisonings in the ancient world. https://www.patreon.com/ancienthistoryfangirl

Nov 08 2018

57mins

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Rank #11: The Hound of Ulster

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What can a story from ancient Ireland tell us about the Gauls before Caesar?

Maybe a lot. The Hound of Ulster is synonymous with Irish history. But it also draws back the curtain on a world we see echoed in the archaeology of ancient Gaul: a world of epic feasts, the hero’s portion, cattle raiding, magical cauldrons, and chariot warfare.

Think of this episode as a sort of Cauldron of Rebirth. We’re going to go out on a limb and operate under the assumption that a tall tale from Celtic Ireland can help us make the Gauls live and breathe again.

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Apr 11 2019

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Rank #12: Stuff Alaric Said

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On August 24, 410 AD, Alaric and the Visigoths sacked the city of Rome. Before he sacked it, he starved it. Before that, he went toe to toe with the Roman Empire for fifteen years—uniting disparate tribes, holding a people together, and achieving more against Rome than any barbarian leader before him.

This is his story.

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Jul 05 2018

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Rank #13: Amazons: Warrior Women of Greek Mythology

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Hippolyte and her golden belt. Penthesilea and the fall of Troy. The Daughters of Ares. Atalanta and the golden apples. They're everywhere in Greek mythology: fierce, deadly women warriors.

But in a society as male-dominated as ancient Greece, what did this obsession with strong warrior women mean? We take a look at some of the more well-known Amazon myths of ancient Greece--and the mystery of their meaning in context. http://www.ancienthistoryfangirl.com/

Sep 13 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: War Elephants Part 1: Alexander's Immortals

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Few sights terrorized ancient armies more than that of a wall of elephants, tusks drenched in blood, bearing down on them in a killing frenzy. From the mighty armies of ancient India to the crack troops of Alexander the Great, all of them faced down weaponized elephants—and used them to crush their enemies.

We call upon you now to bear witness to an epic story: that of the awesome and great-hearted elephant of war.

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Jun 07 2018

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Rank #15: Cleopatra and the Urban War

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When Cleopatra met Julius Caesar, sparks flew. The daring Egyptian queen beguiled the conquering Roman general—and then enlisted him to fight her battles.

Outnumbered five to one in a city full of ancient wonders, Cleopatra and Caesar spent the next ten months barricaded in a luxurious palace while outside, the enemy howled for their blood--fighting a deadly urban war for Cleopatra's throne and both of their survival.

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Jul 18 2019

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Rank #16: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 4: Dux Femina

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Of the six children of Germanicus, Agrippina the Younger is the last woman standing. Both savvier than her siblings and more ruthless, she quickly rises to stratospheric levels of power--using any and all means necessary.

But plenty of dangerous people in ancient Rome don't like seeing a woman in control, and they'll do anything to stop her. Agrippina will need all her wits and courage to keep her position--and keep herself alive.

Everything comes up Agrippina--until it doesn't.

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Jan 17 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #17: Julius Caesar and the 11-Day Parade

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After winning the Alexandrian War and restoring Cleopatra to her throne, Julius Caesar returned to Rome. And then—he kept busy. Settling an insurrection among his troops, getting himself declared dictator for another 10 years, cleaning up the resistance, packing the Senate with his friends, and throwing himself not one, not two, not three—but four epic Triumphs.

All Caesar's barriers to power had been removed. Now there was no one to stand in the way of doing exactly what he wanted with the Roman Empire.

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Aug 01 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #18: The Ancient-World Stark Family, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Little Boots

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With their parents and older brothers dead, the four remaining Germanicus children (Agrippina, Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla, and Caligula) face an uncertain future. Caligula falls into the clutches of his creepy uncle Tiberius. The sisters are married off in their teens to men more than twice their age—some with violent reputations.

But a family’s fortune can change in a heartbeat. Suddenly Caligula is thrust into power, and the sisters finally have a chance at determining their own lives. Now the family of Germanicus is in charge. They're the sharks. And the sharks have to keep swimming.

Find out how it all unraveled.

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Dec 06 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #19: Julius Caesar and the Point of No Return

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Julius Caesar was in Gaul for eight years—and while he was gone, things in Rome didn’t just stop. His enemies were sharpening their knives, just salivating for him to come back so they could prosecute him. If they got their way, Caesar could lose his legions, his fortune, and his position—and see all his achievements undone.

Caesar was backed into a corner. His only chance to survive involved taking an extreme action that he'd never be able to take back. An action that would catapult him to the pinnacle of Roman power—even as it put a price on his head.

Find out how Caesar got away with it.

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Jun 06 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #20: Saturnalia: So Much More than Roman Christmas

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Wish you had a holiday all about feasting, drinking, the upending of the social order, blood sacrifices, the harvest, pranks, novelty gifts, honouring a god who devoured his kids, and the returning sun? Don’t we all???

Welcome to Saturnalia.

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Dec 20 2018

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