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Shortly after Valentinian and Valens ascended to the throne, one of Julian the Apostate's maternal cousins seized control of Constantinople.
148- The Cousin's Cousin
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Love your recomendation, but that book is available
as a free podcast from the BBC so would be a waste of a free book off audible.
Love the podcast
August 22, 2011 at 02:23 AM
While the final "t" in the French expression "coup d'etat" is not pronounced, the "c" in "coup de grace" is. It makes the sound of an English "s," thus: Coo duh grahs.
What Mike said, Coo duh grah, is spelled "Coup de gras"-- in French, it means "blow of fat."
Scott Scheule |
August 22, 2011 at 02:04 PM
*Insert obscure nitpick here*
August 22, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Obscure nits will ne'er be picked unless some brave soul grips the obscure-nit-pick.
While we're at it, scheme is pronounced sk ee m, not shk eem, unless that's an in joke I don't get.
I should also mention the episode is, as usual, otherwise awesome, and the podcast remains, as it has for years, my favorite, and one of the best parts of my week.
Scott Scheule |
August 22, 2011 at 04:43 PM
The thing I love about this thread is that it attracts a better class of pedant. (Have I spelled that correctly?)
August 22, 2011 at 05:48 PM
haha, well scott.. In the west o' Ireland we'd pronounce it as a shkeme... besides, its makes me laugh everytime Mike says it, class podcast! thankyou so much!
August 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM
While we are nitpicking and talking about validity of history recommendations - I have one that is both:
Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals" is a little on the sketchy side, IMHO. She's a known plagiarist and has a clear current political bias that tends to color her interpretation of events.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts... I've kind of written her off (which may not be fair)... if y'all disagree - I'll give her another shot. Like Doris herself said, “Why, simpleton, do you mix your verses with mine? What have you to do, foolish man, with writings that convict you of theft? Why do you attempt to associate foxes with lions, and make owls pass for eagles? Though you had one of Ladas's legs, you would not be able, blockhead, to run with the other leg of wood.”
...at least i think it was Doris. ;)
Larry Odebrecht |
August 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Loved the "A History of the World in a 100 objects" as a redio program and podcast, recommend it highly. Downloaded The Meditations as previously recommended by Mike, looking forward to 9 hours of Marcus Aurelius as soon as I figure how to download it onto my iPod.
August 24, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Thanks! Good to know.
Scott Scheule |
August 24, 2011 at 02:12 PM
"... coupons to Olive Garden." Classic. For our non-American friends, you can probably guess it is a plain vanilla "Italian" restaurant chain here in the USA.
Seattle listener. |
August 24, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I thought the plagiarist thing was a few missed citations from a work she had already footnoted extensively in one book. Until she repeats it I just figured it was an error. 'Team of Rivals' is an excellent read IMO go ahead and check it out. I am not sure what her current political bias is but she was certainly pro-Republican in that book...but it was a Lincoln book so yeah.
John Poole |
August 24, 2011 at 08:45 PM
I always pronounce it "sk ee m" myself, but love the way Mike pronounces it. I just assumed it was a valid variant. If it's not, then it should be. Don't change Mike. Love you just the way you are.
August 25, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Neither Oxford or Webster's give anything but the basic ski:m pronunciation, but apparently they don't take account of occidental Eire.
Scott Scheule |
August 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Mike, I sense you're pacing this so everything wraps up around episode 200. If that's the case, I'd love to see (or hear) a sort of "finale" episode where you offer your summary and observations on the entire Roman enterprise, rather than just ending upon Augustus Romulus' disappearance into obscurity.
This podcast has been a really fun ride and I'm happy to have been a listener for so long.
August 28, 2011 at 02:23 PM
@Scott Scheule - coup de gras - blow of fat - love it - maybe those Olive Garden coupons would have been worth it after all!
Great podcast as always Mike! I
Neil Lee |
September 09, 2011 at 07:57 AM
I'm obviously late to the pedantry here - but I just can't help myself. I think that Mike misused the word "bemused" in describing the reaction of the citizenry to Procopius's coup. "Bemused" means "stupefied", "utterly confused", "transfixed" - not something like "only mildly concerned or interested", which is I think what was intended.
September 19, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I really love you the intense, listening, loyal fans and our interesting ways of sharing the love. As much as the podcast, I look forward to the feedback. All of it.
It's almost Thanksgiving and I'll include you next week in my thanks.
Thanks Mike for your genuine love of history and skill at adding it up with my daily look out. Thanks to all the THoR listeners and Mike for being great neighbours of the world.
Vancouver Val |
October 01, 2011 at 03:15 AM
So cute! I already like you on FB and also get your posts on Google Reader. :)
LV Purses |
March 29, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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