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170- Atilla Cometh
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To everyone going on the tour have a great time. Mike I will miss THOR while you are gone but you have earned a break so have fun and don't worry about us, we will still be here when you come back.
February 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
A pack of drunken Huns rampaging their way across the Empire. All the way to the Theodosian Walls.
February 19, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Simon C |
February 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Hi to Mike and all other THORers.
I have a quick question for any 'geeks' out there who may be able to help me. I am currently considering moving away from the iphone as their Tarrifs here in the UK are about double that of a comparible android. I currently use icatcher for my podcasts on the iphone which is not available on android. I tried out google listen on a friends phone which seems ok but I cant seem to find THOR on it. It sounds stupid but this has a serioue effect on my decision making. Does anyone know a good podcast client that can be used on android THOR appears on.
P.S. Mike - this is an excellent podcast thank you for making it.
Benn Chatt |
February 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Great episode as usual!
See you on Friday for nearly two weeks of intense 'History of Rome'.
Alison Morton |
February 20, 2012 at 04:47 AM
@Benn - try the Sticher app. Very slick and they love Mike. I have on iPhone, but available for Android:
A Seattle Listener |
February 20, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Benn listening for about 6 months and have been meaning to reach out. I love the podcast. My wife and friends roll their eyes when I discuss it much less suggest we listen "together, " but I am learning so much. As a pastor, I have also drawn many great illustrations from your work. Thank you for making my weekly sermons more interesting and historically informed. In particular, your Christmas episode about Sol Invictus was super-helpful. I must be a groupie now because whenever I listen, I say those opening words along with you, "Hello, and welcome to the history of Rome." Don't change a thing bro...you are really onto something here.
Wade Griffith |
February 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I'm a huge fan of the podcast! It's what got me interested in ancient history, and Roman history in general. It has been a few years since I first listened, and over time the podcasts have become better and better. I know that we are in the midst of the craziness of the 5th century, but if you ever come to a point where it seems appropriate, I think it would be really interesting to discuss immigration and how the amazing multi-ethnic empire functioned and dealt with various peoples. It seems about the right time to discuss it so we can get a handle on why various peoples are where. Thanks again for the great podcast and I look forward to listening to this episode!
February 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Benn, try Doggcatcher. It picks up and plays THOR just fine.
February 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hi Mike, just had a thought... While on the Rome Tour why not do a live recorded Q&A episode with everyone on the tour? would make for a great episode/s.
Steven Silvestro |
February 21, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I don't know if you will see this b4 u go mike but I think steven Silvestro's idea is very good. Or maybe do the questions and leave them to a 200th episode.
Ben Nicholson |
February 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Thanks Ben... Even if someone recorded it on there iphone & uploaded it to You Tube perhaps? I'm sure all the THoR fans out there would really enjoy viewing it - (I know I would hehehe)
Steven Silvestro |
February 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Thanks for sharing this post.
February 22, 2012 at 05:57 AM
This is a nice story in the past.
February 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM
At that time no civilisation yet in the mankind.
February 22, 2012 at 06:00 AM
When i was young i love to read history of every countries because i love to relate myself on the past.
Cheap Flights |
February 22, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Cool story breh
February 22, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Benn, I have used podkicker on Android which picked up all but the very first few episodes and now with my new Samsung galaxy, the kies cast app that came pre installed works fine and automatically downloads the new episodes for me.
Caroline Rees |
February 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Do not voilate the sanctity of the history of rome comments page! No internet memes! never!!!
Ryan Leonard |
February 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I enjoy THOR. The best sequence of pod casts was the late republic as it was new history to me without the confusion of multiple similarly named players that infest the time line from the crisis onwards. I didn't know how little I knew but I've enjoyed learning.
A Facebook User |
February 23, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I discovered this podcast in early 2009.
I was so intrigued with the way Mike Duncan brings the subject to life that I feverishly listened to all of the preceding episodes to catch up to where he was at the time. I've never missed an episode since then and download them to my Zune for listening in the car.
Now that we are within decades of the end of the western empire maybe we can persuade Mr. Duncan to continue the podcast into the Byzantine era of the empire or maybe the Holy Roman Empire; either way this would give him almost another thousand years of history to bring to life.
John Citron |
February 24, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I am a new fan of this podcast - currently on episode with Nero - and Mr Duncans marriage.
Didn't realise I was so far behind or that the series still continues.
Congratulations on a wonderful podcast
February 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Dear Mike and HOR community,
I discovered The HOR after visiting Rome for Christmas in 2011. Upon returning to the states, on a whim, i did a search for history of Rome on the app store. That was 1 month and 25 days ago. Since then I have been hooked and just this morning I finally caught up with the latest podcast.
45 days to listen to 170+ podcasts, I wonder if that is some kind of record:-)
I had to go to Istanbul in January for work so I was motivated to get to that part of the (his)story. That may explain the speed at which I consumed the material. (yes I do have a full time job:-) While in Istanbul I made sure to visit the Theodocian Walls. You should have seen the look on my client's face when that, of all things in Istanbul, was the first and most important thing I wanted to see on my day off. (What, no Haga Sophia?)
Absorbed by the HOR I have not taken you up on too many of your audible recommendations except for Monopoly by Mike Daisey. You gave it such a glowing recommendation I had to listen. It was good, and while I like Daisey, I like HOR much much better....
Mike- you make many mentions of the lifecycle of the Roman Empire in the recordings. I am unsure if you are familiar with the book "Managing Corporate Lifecycles" but the history of the roman republic fits the lifecycle path described in this book perfectly. I would be happy to send you a copy if you send me an address. I plan on writing a document paralleling the Roman republics' lifecycle and the USA lifecycle using the corporate lifecycle model for my internal organization. (But you have already done all the work for me, plain to see for anyone who has read the book and listened to your podcast)
I want to thank you - Mike - for providing this podcast, which I am sure will be a classic.
I also want to thank the HOR community for their interest. I have been talking up the HOR to everyone I know and no one has heard of it. So thank you HOR community, whom ever you are, for tuning in, creating a market and encouraging Mike to continue with this project. Without you I would be the only dork in town with nothing to listen to.
Finally, my question. I was told that Budda of Budda-pest, the two cities now one that make up the capital of Hungary, was named after the brother of Atilla. In episode 170 you use a different name for the brother of Atilla.... Can you clarify if the story I heard about Budda is correct?
With tremendous respect...
Shoham Adizes |
February 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Desperately catching up here - I get to listen to about one-and-a-half episodes a day on my commute to and from work, and I'm loving it.
However, I'm only at episode 104, so am frantically trying to catch up *before* you get to Romulus Augustulus :D
Mike Whitaker |
February 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I really like the podcast. Lately, however, I think it is getting a bit bogged down by dynastic succession stuff. Can you do an episode detailed the economic collapse of the empire, describing how far things had fallen? Were towns losing their aqueducts and grain doles?
Also, can you describe the strangeness of the Huns? I understand that they were very wierd people to the Romans, even more so than the Celts and Goths. For example, they rode horses so much that they were chronically stunted and bow-legged. They had tattoos and flesh mutilations and would keep body parts of enemies as trophies. I know this sounds ethnocentric, but I understand that the Huns, more so than these other barbarians, really seemed like the spawn of Satan to the Romans and not just for their military success.
Peyton Ferrier |
February 27, 2012 at 07:08 AM
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