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March 13, 2011


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Oh, my! Episode 130?

A long way to catch up for me. I just finished listening 20b, and will listen to Interbellum tonight as I go to sleep.

Wonderful series!


I would suggest librivox Robinson Crusoe, i`m just 9yrs old and like it it`s so awesome

Logan J Locke

Excellent work so far. Two notes, both a bit random:
-Was listening to Viva La Vida by Coldplay and I couldn't help but think of poor Diocletian.
-I'm currently doing my second listen of THOR and am just wondering why none of Rome's enemies seem to try and adopt the legionary (cohort) model of warfare. This may be a point to raise on episode 200 for a Q&A session, but I thought it worth mentioning.

Anyway, THOR is my favorite podcast, so thank you for the award-winning show.

Casey Jones

I can't believe the crisis of the third century is already in the rear-view mirror. We still have Constantine ahead of us, and a good deal more besides, but it is, none-the-less, sad to note that there is far more behind us than is left ahead. As we move inexorably towards the fall of the Western Empire you must be acutely aware of this. Are you looking forward to the completion of this gargantuan task you have set for yourself and have attacked with such skill and determination? To putting out that garage-band loop, 'Acoustic Picking 18' for the last time? Or is the idea of pressing on into the Bizantine era starting to tempt you? I know you are playing with the idea of releasing something on American Political History, and there is always the book! Enough then to keep you busy without Rome, but I will certainly miss it, as I'm sure will many others.


I began listening to the podcast last December and I've just this morning, with this episode, finally caught up.

As someone with a BA in Classics and a lifelong love of the ancient world, allow me to say: Great work, Mike. This podcast hits just the right tone between academic dryness and the often too-light tone of popular historical documentaries, etc.

Like the previous commenter, I'd be interested to hear whatever else you decide to do after this, whether it's a continuation of the empire in Byzantium or thehistoryofamerica.typepad.com (for example). Thanks in part to this podcast, I've cracked some of my old college textbooks for the first time in years, just to peruse a few pages on this or that topic. I've also started reading The Roman Revolution, by Ronald Syme, which I only read bits of in college, and which might make a good recommendation for your next Audible plug (I'm not sure if it's available as a podcast but it's good stuff either way).

Cheers, keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to the final collapse!


Dude, you need to let us know when you are going to skip weeks so I don't spend all Sunday night in front of my computer refreshing your page.

Obviously - love your show.


Mike does let us know when he's going to skip weeks in general and on this occasion - at the end of the previous episode.

Justin Miller

Mike- While I know this show must be a lot of hard work and your looking forward to moving on to other things, I think that it would be a disservice to the Empire if you concluded the show at the fall of the west. Rome, after all, was much more than a city. The people of the "Byzantine" empire thought of themselves as Roman, no matter that the actual city of Rome was not under their control (most of the time). I hope you would at least consider devoting a short series of shows (20 or 30) to the east, highlighting the major points of history and culture. I personally have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that in the east, the Empire lasted damn near into the modern era, falling in the 1400's (I think...) and I hope you'll help me and those like me out by going over the history of the east and It's impact on history.
Whatever you decide, THANK YOU for all of your hard work. Your show is the best historical podcast out there by far. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that every time a new show comes out, it is the highlight of my day. Thank you.


I'm actually quite depressed. I've only been listening to the podcast for about two months now, and I am on episode 105 (when there's not much to do at work, I tend to listen to about 10 episodes). Still, I take solace in the fact that you're continuing to make episodes. Thanks for renewing my love for all things Roman. Oh, and please tell me you're going to do another History of Rome tour of Rome? I just heard the episode where you announced the first one yesterday, so it's a bit late for me to gather the funds.

Thanks for a job well done

Ben Nicholson

@ Jeremy
Just to say a few episodes or so back Mike did say the was a few episodes left on the last tour. I don't know if that is still so but if you can get the time off it is worth checking the website www.historyofrometour.com and contacting the guys organising it.


Thanks Ben, I checked it out and saw that there were going to be more tours this year, and the hopes of even more in the future. That makes me feel much better. It has been my dream for a very long time to go to Rome, but not on a cheesy tour that just takes you to see the normal "touristy" sites. I trust that Mike will provide an excellent trip, so in the next round of tours, you can put mine and my wife's name on the list.

Belstaff outlets

Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

Ann Maxwell

I don't think I have the credentials of many of your other listeners, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this podcast. 131 and counting. I think the next project should be the development of political parties in the US. Whatever, I'll be listening.

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