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In 392 Valentinian II was found hanged in his bedchamber, paving the way for another Roman Civil War.
158- An Imperial Suicide
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Great job Mike. Its only now near the end I'm able to appreciate the sheer breadth of the work. Hope this week finds you well!
November 13, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I'm glad to see you're up and about. Take care and don't rush things...and thank you for your excellent work!
Liz Tracey |
November 13, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Glad that you're back. Cura ut valeas! Take care that your are well!
November 13, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Its good to hear that you are recovering, Inshallah (God Willing) you ll recover to 100% within days. Take care and Thanks for your valuable work; you should be classified as Polybius and Livy of contemporary times. :)Keeping alive the traditions of ancient story-telling. Love you. Take care and get well soon.
Aamir Aziz |
November 13, 2011 at 11:45 PM
It's a relief to have the podcast back. It's hard to picture Christians and pagans existing in a situation where Christians would placate pagans with their symbols returned to the Senate building. I think after you dispatch Arbogast that we need a cultural episodes to illustrate just what the western and eastern cultures looked like.
BTW, I thought Romans committed suicide by short sword. Is hanging a new custom, or just convenient for Valentinian II?
November 14, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I have a question on something you said in this week's podcast. You said that Arbogast knew he couldn't become emperor himself, due to the fact that he was a Frank. But why should that stop him? Everyone in the empire has been a citizen since 212, right? And emperors have come from all over the place, from Spain, Illyria, Africa, and beyond. Is there some sort of perhaps new institutionalized racism in the Roman empire at this point in history?
November 14, 2011 at 05:02 AM
It took me less than a year and now I'm completely caught up on your podcast! What a great stuff!
November 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM
See, you are back after all: perhaps incipient peritonitis and abdominal surgery isn't so bad after all?
Hope you're feeling well.
November 14, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Hope all is well! I'd just like to thank you for undertaking this project, I painted my entire house this summer with you as my soundtrack, it made it a much more enjoyable and educational experience!
November 14, 2011 at 02:47 PM
My sympathies, I had mine removed in February, kept falling over for a week before my core muscles recovered.
Great work in getting an episode out the circumstances!
November 14, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Welcome back! Fine episode, as ever.
Laurence Bachmann |
November 14, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Glad to hear your back Mike! Speedy recovery and thanks a million for making my numourous plane rides so much more enjoyable with your incredible podcast
November 15, 2011 at 08:15 AM
great podcast as usual.. take care mike.. and Niel has a point there.. even i was wondering about why Arbogast couldnt be an emperor if he had the army and most of the administrators of the western empire at his disposal? hope you are feeling much better now..cant wait for the next one but already sad now that tis coming to an end.. it's been a very pleasurable and wonderful journey for last 2 years.. thank you so much!
November 16, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Great work as always. I discovered your pod cast on iTunes and have been a fan since listening to the first episode. After three months I can say I have completely caught up.
Now I'll have to get used to waiting for the weekly episode like everyone else.
November 17, 2011 at 08:24 AM
i'm not ready for the fall of rome :(. I'm a 16yr old from pennsylvania been following your podcast since around the Aurelian's walls episode. Love your podcast, hope you feel alright without that appendix too.
Ryan Leonard |
November 17, 2011 at 03:35 PM
It is very good to have you back. Stay on the mend!
November 17, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Mike, I just discovered your wonderful podcast. I am only up to the time of Cicero, episode 39 or so. I have been listening for around 5-6 hours per day since finding it.
Thank you so much.
Michael Sheehan |
November 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM
I actually stumbled on this series shortly after returning from Rome. The next time I am there I will embrace it with much greater appreciation. I've thoroughly enjoyed the series,... hell, the epic, verbal monument. Thank you for this.
Ed Ford |
November 20, 2011 at 08:29 AM
Mike, hope you're back to full strength, we need your work! On a different note, I was wondering if you could say a few lines on what the linguistic map of the empire looked like during this time. Was it Latin west/Greek east? How deep were the divisions between what was spoken in Gaul/Hispania/Africa/etc?
Thanks for your hard work and saludos from Hispania!
Nathan Meyer |
November 20, 2011 at 05:10 PM
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