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In 375 the Huns exploded into Gothic territory, sending refugees fleeing for the saftey of the Roman Empire.
152- The Storm Before the Storm
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Audible rec.-- Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
The fascinating story behind the famous quotation, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Read by (sometimes voice-actor) John Lee, who does a great job w/ the accents for the quotations. Well written, easy listening.
p.s.-Thanks for giving the whole Valens & the Goths (*not a rock band*) story a fair hearing--we never seem to hear anything but the short-hand account in school.
September 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
At about the 9:40 mark, Mike Duncan gives a shout-out to the historian Peter Heather. By coincidence I just finished reading Heather's 'The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History'. (I can't find it on audible, unfortunately.) I don't know if anyone recommended it before, but it's a gripping and informative read.
James Boston |
September 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM
A Song of Ice and Fire, which is a fantasy series by George R.R. Martin (which has recently been adapted into a miniseries by HBO called "Game of Thrones," the title of the first book). It has nothing to do with Roman history per se, however the style of the books are semi historical in nature, and many of the themes draw clear influences from ancient Rome (for example, the fallen city of Valyria). A must read for any fantasy fan, and really any fan of literature in general.
Dylan Kornberg |
September 25, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Ah, the earthquake, storm and tidal wave generating Huns :). Talking about the Huns, I recommend Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August as read by Nadia May - excellent narration. There is another version also available on Audible but I have not heard it.
If I can make a second recommendation: 1776 by David McCullough (narrated by the author).
Not quite Ancient History in either case but still history.
Welcome back Mike. :)
Neil Lee |
September 25, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Oh anything by Barbara Tuchman is is great.
I see the also have "A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century", which I love. 100 Years War, feudalism, chivalry, Black Death. All the good stuff.
September 25, 2011 at 10:47 PM
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too) by David Goldman(AsiaTimes Columnist Spengler)
Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton
White Gold by Giles milton
All of these are really good
With the thoughts you’d be thinkin |
September 26, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Thanks Mike, awesome episode! worth waiting for
September 26, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Audible has an abridged version of Dante's Inferno narrated by the fantastic voice of John Cleese that's well worth a lesson.
The Aeneid narrated by Simon Callow is fantastic.
Greg Wise narrating The Picture of Dorian Gray is good.
Hellas by Cyril Robinson is a relatively brief history of ancient Greece I found pretty easy to get into and understand.
Thanks for a great episode!
September 26, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Thanks for alluding to Peter Heather's masterful work on the fall of the Roman Empire in your podcast - one of my favorite reads even though it still isn't in Audible's catalogue.
In keeping with the impending invasion of the Huns I'd highly recommend the following from Audible:
Attila: The Scourge of God by Ross Laidlaw
Jeffrey Larsen |
September 26, 2011 at 06:40 AM
How about the Warrior of Rome series by Harry Sidebottom, he's a Tutor in Ancient History in Oxford University so he knows his stuff. More to the point they're excellent stories set in the chaos of the 3rd centry
September 26, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Audible suggestion: Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
I'm about 18 hours in and I'm finding it facinating.
Josh Almas |
September 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM
If you haven't already suggested it, I would highly recommend "The Ghosts of Cannae" by Robert O'Connell. Much farther back in Roman history than we are now, but it is an incredibly engaging read on the Punic wars from the perspective of humanity - its strengths and frailties. O'Connell starts with the human impetus for waging war and unrolls the story of Barcids, the Scipiones, and the survivors of Republican Rome's greatest defeats with a depth of calrity that I have never read.
In other words...a good read!
And they have it on audible...
Regards from the Pacific NorthWET,
Dan Limb |
September 26, 2011 at 09:28 PM
*never read before I mean, sorry
Dan Limb |
September 26, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Can I 2nd David's suggestion about the warrior of Rome series. I havn't listened to it on audiobook but the "normal" book is very good. It hasn't got the latest on there yet but I'm sure it will come. I will also wanted to recommend the Simon Scarrow roman history series of books but only 3 are in english. So I will put that as a recommendations if you only want some as audio book or in english.
Ben Nicholson |
September 27, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Wow. FINALLY caught up! I started following this in March and it's now great to be "in real time." One of the great things I love about this series is Mike's ability to get into the psychology & underlying motivations of many of these "power plays" that dictate the ebb & flow of the Roman Empire. It also drives home the point that human nature has basically remained unchanged in 2,000 years. That being said, I have my audio book suggestion:
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
It's essentially a modern day "Art of War" and synthesizes the theories of Sun-tsu, Machiavelli, Carl von Clausewitz etc. For each "rule" it gives excellent historical examples of when the rule was observed to great effect and when when the rule was ignored to somebody's great peril. Examples include Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, and even PT Barnum.
Larry L. |
September 27, 2011 at 09:33 AM
Mike, THOR rules.
I would like to recommend two audio books by Simon Sebag Montefiore about Stalin:
Young Staling: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_3?asin=B002V5BPJ2&qid=1317155665&sr=1-3
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_4?asin=B0032N2SM0&qid=1317155843&sr=1-4
Really interesting stuff. Also used bij Mark Schauss in his Russian Rulers Podcast.
Johan Koning |
September 27, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I'll second the "Ghost of Cannae" suggestion. I started reading it last week and it is a great read. I can barely put it down!
September 27, 2011 at 01:45 PM
I 3rd David's suggestion because it was going to be my suggestion also lol. The warrior of Rome series is a great listen.
September 27, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Wow! Talk about mismanaging a refugee crisis...something Australia can identify with. Have we ever got it right? Don't answer that here! *rolls eyes*
Luise (Tasmania,Australia) |
September 27, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I'll join the fray here and recommend the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough. It's a series of books starting with the rise of Marius and Sulla and concluding with Antony of Cleopatra. I'm on book 4 now, Caesar's Women and they are wonderful. Historical fiction at it's best....Highly recommended. Great podcast this week Mike, as usual.
September 28, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Gods and Legions by Michael Curtis Ford, fun read
Gary Lipets |
September 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Audible rec.- "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. (Or "The Zimmerman Telegram" by the same author.) The former is perhaps THE book to read about the lead-up to WW1. (I was gonna recommend "Dreadnought" by Robert Massey, but it seems they don't have that.)
Rob Shinnick |
October 01, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Ghost of cannae was already suggested. I dont remember which episode it came out but i bought it when mike plugged it in.
October 02, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Oh my god after 6 months of listening to this great podcast I have finally caught up. Thanks Mike for all the great company on my commute from work over the past months. It suddenly hit me that now instead of 1-2 episodes a day I have 1 episode a week. This is what cold turkey must feel like. I will probably start sweating and get the shakes mid way home this evening.
Thanks again Mike.
October 03, 2011 at 01:02 AM
A new Monday and we are waiting for the new episodes :-)
Greeting from Croatia.
October 03, 2011 at 02:41 AM
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