The Maritime History Podcast
About This Show
The Maritime History Podcast is a chronological look at maritime history and its numerous facets. Beginning with ancient history, the podcast looks at trade, exploration, boat and ship-building, economics, and the relationship between the ocean and the development of society and culture throughout history. Learn more about the podcast at http://maritimehistorypodcast.com.
Most Recent Episode
033 - A 'Heraldless War' and a Man Named Themistocles
In today's episode the curtain rises on a young man named Themistocles. He's always recognized for the role that he played at Salamis and in the Greek navy's stand against Persia, but today we go back to the earliest we know about his life. We ended last episode in 493 BCE when the Ionian Revolt was effectively ended at Lade, but in that same year Themistocles was made eponymous archon of Athens. Today we look at the early stages of the naval reforms he tried to institute in Athens, with a particular focus on the Athenian port of Phaleron. It was a weak port despite being the only port Athens had used in her history, so after looking at why it was weak, we then look at the location Themistocles proposed as an alternative, the Piraeus. A story that runs through the episode and probably shaped the views of a young Themistocles is one that involves an island rival of Athens, the mercantile power of Aegina. She'd become a naval power before Athens had, so today we look at an undeclared war that simmered between them, the naval focus of their conflicts, and why Aegina actually played an interesting role in the shaping up of the greater conflict with Persia. There's also a bit in there somewhere about Persia's first attempt to invade Greece and the storm that caused one of the biggest naval disasters to that point in ancient history. A meandering but interesting episode, I hope.
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Maritime history is the key to all history!
70% of the earth's surface is covered with water. 99% of history podcasts focus mainly on events that take place on land. Brandon Huebner, with The Maritime History Podcast, is doing his part to solve this problem. Brandon has all the key skills of a great educational podcaster - careful research, good organization, a nice voice, and a strong instinct for pacing. But he's also a great teacher. He knows when to slow it way down while explaining something tricky. Anyone who likes history should give this show a try.
Date published: 2016-08-30