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Very Old Money
30 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
3.9-(15) – The King is dead
Family issues resolved, the advance guard of Philip's army marched into Asia Minor. While the campaign began successfully, Philip would never make it there in person. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
3.8-(14) – A royal soap opera
With the Greek states forced into a union under his leadership, Philip was all set to declare war on the Great King of Persia. Then a spectacular family scandal put these plans on hold. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
3.7-(13) – The Hegemon who never was
We take a brief detour from the story to cover the short meteoric career of a figure touted by some as the man who could have united Greece before Philip, but whose career was unexpectedly cut short. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | May 28, 2020
3.6-(12) – Chaeronea
The Sacred War saw Philip hegemon of Greece in all but name. But the war party in Athens led by Demosthenes regretted the peace ending the Sacred War as soon as it was signed. A final showdown was inevitable and it led to the greatest victory in Philip's career. For the orations of Demosthenes including his Philippics click here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
3.5-(11) The Sacred War
An attempt by Thebes to use the Amphictyonic League as a cudgel to punish Phokis kicked off an exhausting decade long war that involved all of Greece. It also provided Philip II and Macedon the ability to interfere and confirmed Macedon as the dominant power in Greece. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
3.4-(10) The rise of Macedonia
After stabilizing the situation following the death of his brother Perdikkas III, Philip II engineered his rise to the throne. The next year he started a remarkable five year run that totally flipped Macedon's strategic situation - uniting his Kingdom, creating the new Macedonian military machine and emerging as the strongest power in Greece. The rest of Greece just did not know yet. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
3.3-(9) A Kingdom in peril
In 364 BC, Philip returned to the court of his brother Perdikkas III. Five years later came the great Illyrian disaster with the King killed along with 4,000 of his men. As regent for his nephew Amyntas IV it was up to Philip to prevent the total collapse of Macedonia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
3.2(8) - A Hostage in Thebes
The troubled aftermath following the death of King Amyntas III of Macedon saw one of his sons assassinated and another a hostage in Thebes. In Thebes the young Philip of Macedon would have the advantage of learning the arts of war and diplomacy from Epaminondas, the statesman who destroyed Spartan hegemony and in his lifetime raised Thebes to the supreme power in Greece. The young prince would implement these lessons after he returned home. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
3.1(7) The King is Dead
He was King for only 13 years and died aged just before he turned 33. However, in that short period Alexander the Great left an enduring mark in his life and in posterity. In June 323 BC, Alexander died in his palace in Babylon. He left no obvious successor and his death initiated 40 years of war. The coin in the cover art today is one of the seminal coin types of ancient coinage. These coins continued for centuries after his death and while it is debated whether they actually show a portrait of Alexander as Hercules, it is likely that later generations felt this was the case. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
2.5 (6) - The King's peace
With the conquest of Lydia, the Persians were introduced to coinage. The Lydians did not take to the shipment of their hard won treasure east meekly. After bringing the Lydians to heel Cyrus finished his last great conquest Babylon, before heading to his doom on the Steppes. By conquering Babylon and freeing the Jews from their Babylonian Captivity he earned himself a lot of good press for posterity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
2.4 (5) - I am the badge of Phanes
The Phanes coins are the first coins with Greek inscriptions. The Greek alphabet itself was adapted from the Phoenician Alphabet after the Greek Dark Ages. This episode takes a look at the emergence of the Greek script and the coins of Phanes. Five of the seven denominations of this coinage are depicted in the cover art. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
2.3 - (4) The first Ionian coins
It is almost a century since the disastrous end of the Greco-Turkish War ended the almost three millennia of Greek presence in Western Asia Minor. The Greek cities of the region played a pivotal role in shaping Greek culture and Western Philosophy. They were also along with the Lydians candidates for minting the first coins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
2.2-(3) He shall destroy a mighty empire
A new power rises in the Middle East. The Persians under Cyrus the great are on the move, taking Media and Babylonia. In Lydia, Croesus has succeeded his father Alyattes and issues the first gold and silver coinage. Comforted the advice of the Oracle of Delphi, he decides to crush the Persian upstart once and for all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
The first western coinage is generally attributed to the Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia. The Greek cities of Ionia are another contender and started minting coins at the same time or soon after. However, the electrum deposits used to make these first coins were within Lydia, making them the likely first issuers of coinage. The episode looks at the rise of the Lydian Kingdom after the fall of the Hittites and the Kingdom of Phrygia and ends with the balance of power on the death of Alyattes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12 minutes | Sep 28, 2019
An introductory episode to discuss the evolution of money, what this show will cover and what it will not. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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