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In 305 AD, Diocletian and Maximian voluntarily abdicated the throne, handing power over to Galerius and Constantius.
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Star Wars + zombies + shameless allusions to the movie Taken all thrown together in a dark Harry Potter-esq school setting that actually manages to be scary or at least highly disturbing. I mean really, what more do you need? Cannibalism, ents, a narrator that sounds disturbingly like Jared Harris. I can barely count the reasons why I love this book and it's well worth a read/listen.
March 06, 2011 at 09:18 PM
A great read of late roman history is "How Rome Fell" by Adrian Goldsworthy
Benjamin Giller |
March 06, 2011 at 09:27 PM
"The Big Short" By Michael Lewis. Great book, very informative, humorous, well written.
March 06, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Nothing at all to do with Roman History, but "Manhood for Amateurs" by Michael Chabon is a fantastic collection of short stories about life and stuff narrated by the author. I love his writing style, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
March 06, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I couldn't help but compare Diocletian to George Washington and his decision not to seek a third presidential term, especially when the issue of 20-year reigns came up. The American founders were by all accounts just as ambitious and jealous of each other as Galerius et al were. Hadn't the Romans read their Cicero and other Roman sages, as the Americans had?
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March 07, 2011 at 02:45 AM
One audiobook that I particularly enjoyed listening to recently was Ship of Ghosts, by James Hornfischer. Totally unrelated to Roman history, but a fascinating insight into a little-known action and its aftermath during WWII.
Rob Evans |
March 07, 2011 at 05:10 AM
I recently listened to:
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves and narrated by Derek Jacobi (who played Claudius in the brilliant TV series). Wonderfully written and superbly narrated, I loved listening to this (these) book(s).
March 07, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Hey Mike I'm a big fan. Here are some audiobook I enjoy.
Harry Sidebottom Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East, Warrior of Rome II: Kings of Kings, The gate of Rome by Conn Igguiden, and Caesar's Legion by Stephan Collins
March 07, 2011 at 08:38 AM
Hey Mike, another great episode :) A recomendation I have is The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, one of the ancient texts, and the best source we have on Alexander the Great. Alexander created the pre-roman mediterranean for some tangental link to the Romans =D Something that has nothing to do with the Romans is A History of China by Hilda Hookham, what I've heard (have it on the audible audiobook, so I have to put heard instead of read I guess) so far is very good. Hope anyone who gets these likes them if they're mentioned.
March 07, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Robert Harris did a good job capturing the political intriuges during late Republic politics in the Imperium and Conspirata.
On a totally unrelated subject. Does anyone know if the the fictional universe of Star Wars is based on the history of Roman Empire? Many people speculate that George Lucas used Roman history as the basis for creating an inter-galactic world in the future, but I cannont find any credible sources that support this theory.
March 07, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Issac Azimov's Foundation novels were based on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, an awful lot of Star Wars stems from those books.
March 07, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization by Lars Brownworth. It's a fairly decent chronological account from Diocletian to Constantine X.
March 07, 2011 at 02:16 PM
i liked these one found them before i found this podcast
A History of Rome
Cyril Edward Robinson (Author), Charlton Griffin (Performer)
March 07, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade: A great account of early humans and proto-history, based on the very latest findings. It's really good at explaining how genetics is allowing us to better understand our common past, among many other things.
Marc-Andre Caron |
March 07, 2011 at 03:40 PM
The coming of the late empire means a change of how we visualize events. I speak for myself but I believe I do so for the collectivity as well.
When I picture the military of the late republic and early empire, I see the lorica segmentata and square shields. You know, the classic Roman soldier look. When I picture the soldiers under Constantine however, I see chainmails and round shields.
Do you plan to address in coming episodes how the military transitioned from the square shield legionary to the later round shield version?
Was there a shortage of square trees?
Jokes aside, I'm sure plenty of history nerds like myself don't know how this came to happen and would like to better understand the logic behind this evolution.
Thanks, and yours is the first of many podcasts in my list. I like it so much that I feel a pinch when I think that we're slowly approaching the end of the western empire, at which point you may go offline.(sigh)
Marc-Andre Caron |
March 07, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Here are some Rome/Greece Audible books from my library that your listeners might dig:
1) The Jugurthine War & The Conspiracy of Cataline
2) The March of the Ten Thousand
3) Thucydides: The Reinvention of History
by Donald Kagan
March 07, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton.
or White Gold by Giles Milton.
March 07, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Philip Pullman's "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ".
Hume's Bastard |
March 07, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Huge fan of the show but this is the first time I've commented. I'm from Christchurch and I just wanted to thank you for the appeal it is greatly appreciated down here. Keep up the fantastic work it's a real boost getting to listen to your show, make things seem a lot less dour for half an hour. Thanks.
Scott Austin |
March 08, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Also listening to The Hisory of Philosophy (without any gaps)a podcast from iTunes. Have also purchased the books by S Dando-Collins. Yet to listen to these, saving them for my holidays comming up soon.
Luise (Tasmania,Australia) |
March 08, 2011 at 02:58 AM
For those who are interested in the Byzantine Empire, I would recommend The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire (http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V59XX2)
March 08, 2011 at 07:11 AM
I really liked "Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea". The book itself is a brick, and the audiobook is 33 discs, but it's really good.
Scott Kullberg |
March 08, 2011 at 08:03 AM
I will go for something diffrent than the non-fiction books that mike has recommend and I will dive into the two roman historical fiction series whic I have.
1st off all there is the warrior of rome series (3 so far and another 1 on the way this year)which I think someone mentioned on last weeks thread. This is more off a history book with fiction in and accurate to the history. It is based in the 3rd century crisis and all 3 books are on audible thou I read them.
2nd off all is the eagle series by Simon Scarrow. It's been out for a while but I've only just got into it but the 1st one is very good and I'm looking forward to the rest. It starts off in claudius's reign, with the invasion off britain. But not all the books are avaliable on audible, but not that really matters.
So if you want to see history through a diffrent glass then here you are. I hope someone else likes them as well.
Ben Nicholson |
March 08, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Nothing to do with Roman history either, but on the slim connection of good historical fiction, try the Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell. Pure genius. Or Belisarius by Robert Graves, my favourite Roman novel(well, Byzantine)after I,Claudius
The History of England |
March 08, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I enjoy Roman history and I enjoy detective novels, so I enjoy the Marcus Didius Falco books by Lindsey Davis.
Our hero, Didius Falco is a plebian gumshoe living on the Aventine during the reign of Vespasian. There are about twenty books, all on Audible, but not in all markets. Each one focuses on some aspect of Roman culture in addition to the plot. The first one is "The Silver Pigs".
They are all excellent reads.
Michael Stokes |
March 08, 2011 at 06:13 PM
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