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38 minutes | 2 days ago
Vol 3 Ep 47 - Ancient Rome: Crisis and Collapse of the Principate
222 - 304 - The Roman Empire was on the verge of falling apart until some radical thinking by one particular Emperor looked like it could change the direction and save the future of the Empire.
56 minutes | 9 days ago
Vol 3 Ep 46 - Ancient Rome: The Severan Dynasty
193 - 222 - There were Five Good Emperors and then there seemed to be none. Just how did the quality of the Princeps decline so dramatically and what pressures were responsible for making it happen?
51 minutes | 16 days ago
Vol 3 Ep 45 - Ancient Rome: The Five Good Emperors
98 - 192 - The Pax Romana continues and tells a story of Roman stability through the second century. Gone are the egotistical megalomaniac emperors from the first century, or are they?
36 minutes | 23 days ago
Vol 3 Ep 44 - EVENT - The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius ( Pompeii )
79 - The Romans could not have ever known the catastrophe that suddenly destroyed all civilisation around the Gulf of Naples in less that 24 hours.
45 minutes | a month ago
Vol 3 Ep 43 - Ancient Rome: The Flavian Dynasty
68 - 98 - The Year of the Four Emperors came out of the chaos of the reign of Nero. Find out how Vespasian managed to steady the Roman ship and whether his two sons would be able to continue his good work in the aftermath.
55 minutes | a month ago
Vol 3 Ep 42 - Ancient Rome: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
14 - 68 - Although we covered the life and reign of Augustus in previous episodes, we can now explore the reigns of emperors 2, 3, 4 and 5 as we find out more about the unpredictability of Rome deciding to go back to a monarchical constitution in order to regulate the powerful Roman Senate.
42 minutes | a month ago
Vol 3 Ep 41 - Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire
509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 40 - PROFILE - Cleopatra
69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 39 - BATTLE - The Battle of Actium ( 31 BCE )
31 BCE - The Second Triumvirate had fallen apart and once again the place of conflict would be Greece. An incredible naval battle with an unusual ending as Mark Antony and Octavian come to blows about the legacy of Julius Caesar and who would be at the forefront of its promotion.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 38 - The Beginning of the Roman Empire ( Augustus )
44 BCE - 14 CE - Rome recovers after the death of Julius Caesar, and the constitution of Rome would change for good. One man emerges from all others to become the most trusted leader of the entire Roman Republic.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Unscripted (19) ( Trepanning )
We continue our short break from the narative by exploring the grim and sinister act of trepanation which explores the widely practised act of boring a hole in the human skull as we try to understand the reasons behind this high risk procedure.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Unscripted (18) ( The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World )
An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 37 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part Two
60 - 44 BCE - The continuation of Caesar's story covering the First Triumvirate, The Gallic Wars and Caesar's Civil War. Rome could never be the same again.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 36 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part One
100 - 60 BCE - The story of the chaotic Roman world that Caesar was born into, and what it would take for a charismatic and talented young man with connections to climb the political ladder of the Republic.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 35 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zela ( 47 BCE )
47 BCE - Veni, vidi, vici. Julius Caesar was short handed when he felt obliged to deal with the Pontic problem. Discover how Pontus still caused headaches for the Romans, even after the reign and lifetime of the great Mithridates VI.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 34 - BATTLE - The Battle of Alesia ( 52 BCE )
52 BCE - The Battle of Alesia is the story of a siege under siege. We meet Julius Caesar, who had the Gallic confederation in a precarious spot. The Gallic leader, Vercingetorix, was entrusted to defend Alesia. This battle was historically signifant as this was a pivotal part of the wider Gallic Wars between Rome and Gaul.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 33 - BATTLE - The Battle of Carrhae ( 53 BCE )
53 BCE - The first major encounter between the Romans and the Parthians involved the mighty Roman army taking on an extremely unusual army. It was an army with absolutely no infantry. Find out what Crassus would do to deal with this unique threat.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 32 - BATTLE - The Battle of Mount Vesuvius ( 73 BCE ) ( Spartacus )
73 BCE - The story of the first acts of rebellion by the group of slaves involving Spartacus. It would be one thing for a few dozen gladiators escaping captivity, but how did this become a problem of national significance?
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 31 - Ancient Rome: The Late Roman Republic ( The First Triumvirate )
146 - 44 BCE - The story of the Optimates and the Populares and the characters who witnessed Rome's gradual decline from its being the most powerful entity in the world to a republic fragmented by civil strife, and introducing the incredible life of Julius Caesar.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Vol 3 Ep 30 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zama ( 202 BCE )
202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us. Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.
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