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179- The End
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Thank you, Mike, for an incredible journey. Long airport waits won't be the same without your podcast. Good luck with the baby, it's an amazing experience.
All the best,
May 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks for all the hard work! It's been a fun ride.
May 06, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Thank you for this final wrap-up episode. Good luck and a suggestion -- sell a CD/DVD containing MP3's of the entire series with a nice picture of you and some Roman sights on the cover (maybe from one of your tours) -- I would buy it and I am sure many other fans would as well.
Todd Goldberg |
May 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Loved every minute of every episode!!! THANK YOU!
Brandi Noordmans |
May 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Thanks so much for this series; quite the accomplishment!
Mark Ballinger |
May 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thanks for everything, Mike. Good luck to you and your family.
Tony Petracci |
May 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Thank you Mike. In the History of Rome, I am like Vespasian, a man improved.
May 06, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I've been a listener since episode 8 (and even stuck it out through brief hiatus between episodes 33 and 34!) and wanted to briefly extend a heartfelt "thank you" for the time and effort you've put into making this a wonderful show. Best of luck with everything.
Steve F |
May 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Thanks for sticking with it all this time; this has been a really beautiful and well-done series, and I'm so grateful that The History of Rome has been a part of my life for so long. Thank you.
May 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thanks for the great series! Now that it's done, I'm going to have to listen to the whole thing over again from the beginning.
May 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
It's been a long, strange trip, Mike, and even though I wish you were continuing, I understand why you can't. Thank you so much for the time you've put into this and the enjoyment you've given me. It just won't be the same without your weekly commentary. Best of luck with the baby. I know it's going to be an even wilder ride with more twists and turns, successes and reverses than the history of Rome (and when the kid becomes a toddler, you'll know what the Romans felt like when they saw the Vandals approach the city). Anyway, best wishes, and as the Romans would have said, Vale et pax tecum.
May 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
From the very beginning, you have done an awesome job and have made many sacrifices in your personal life to educate us. Enjoy your new boy. He will grow to manhood knowing that he has a "giant" for a father.
May 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Awesome! I came upon your beautiful podcast a few months ago, downloaded the lot and been listening in the car non-stop and only just now caught up.
And now it's ended!! :(
(tear trickles down cheek)
I hear you won't continue with the Byzantine Empire :( but I understand. Priorities.
(I second the suggestion about the CD. I'll buy too)
Good luck with the baby.
And Thank you!
Yaacov Lazar |
May 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Thank you so much, Mike. Your series has enriched my life and is an amazing achievement. Folding laundry, walking to pick up the kids from school, jogging etc. won't be the same. I've shared THoR with some bright young people and gotten them hooked on Roman history--you've made a bigger impact than you might realize. Enjoy your baby!
May 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
May 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Merci pour ce podcast, Mike! It was a pleasure to follow it all these years.
May 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thank you very much mike. Hopefullly we'll meet in a future rome tour, money and kids permitting. You've been a lot a fun, and i will miss our weekly one-way discussions - outside of my wife, i don't know of anyone i've let talk to me without talking back for so long!
Marc-andre deschenes |
May 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Mike, been with you from the beginning. Found your podcast after you had posted only a few episodes. I can't believe its over. What a great journey. I'm going to feel like a friend is missing. Thank you for all the work you put into the podcast. It was an awesome series. Hope you'll do another in the future. I wish you and your family all the best. I agree with the comment about a CD.
May 06, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Thanks Mike for all your time and effort, it’s been greatly appreciated. Here’s wishing you the best in your future endeavours.
May 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thanks Mike, really really sad it's over! What will I listen to doing the washing-up now? I may have to work out how to download them all and listen through again! You've even managed to get my 12-year old interested in history ("even though he's American"). All the best.
May 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Many thanks Mike. You have accomplished one of the internet's greatest achievements with good humour and great erudition. Good luck with the baby. I hope that you will be back with another series one day in the future.
Stephen Lamb |
May 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
May 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
No other podcast and no other treatment of the subject matter compares to what you have done. There wasn't a single bad episode. Not one. Thank you. Though we've never met, I truly feel as though I am saying good bye to a friend.
Chris Fuller |
May 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thanks for a great podcast and all the best with the family
Stewart Ennew |
May 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I really can't thank you enough Mike for this wonderful podcast that has given me so many, many hours of entertainment.
This was one of the first podcasts that I started listening to several years ago, and is still by far the best on my now substantial list of podcasts.
I'm really not sure what I'm going to do now without my weekly fix of Roman history, except I guess go back and listen to them all again.
Thanks again, and best wishes for the future.
May 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I've been listening slowly to these for a long time. I'm behind on the podcast, I think the East/West split still hasn't happened. I wanted to drop you a note thanking you for the work. I've really enjoyed these podcasts and a bit disappointed the show is over, and great job.
Looking forward to whatever is next. I listened to this podcast out of order to catch up on the news :)
Jonathan Jesse |
May 06, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I've been busy teaching for the past couple of months, and was catching up on The History of Rome this weekend, so it came as a shock that I was getting back into it just in time for the final episode. I don't think I'll be able to find a history podcast with as much depth, and certainly not one that's as deadpan hilarious, as THoR to replace it.
It turns out this month marks a turning point in my life as well, since I'm moving from Michigan, where I've lived for the last eleven years, back to my home state of Colorado. It seems appropriate that THoR, which has been a semi-constant fixture in my life for nearly half of my time here in MI, is ending at the same time.
Good luck to you and Mrs. History of Rome on your own new chapter! (And should you ever think about starting another podcast on another historical era, and should I be once again gainfully employed, I'd pay more than just the pittance I'm donating now for the privilege of hearing it.)
Andrew Livingston |
May 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Merci beaucoup. Tout le bonheur du monde à vous et à votre petite famille.
May 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
You came, you spoke, you conquered.
May 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I just want to say thanks. I downloaded a hundred and twenty or so eps right before my navy deployment last year. This is one of the podcasts that helped me get through the 12 hour days. Good luck raising the kid and know your casts kept a sailor sane while away from his family.
May 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thank you Mike.
I have really enjoyed the series on my weekly long drive to the office. will miss it. Great job.
May 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Excellent podcast. Properly brilliant. Good luck with your boy! Psyched to hear about a new podcast as well.
May 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Salve, Mike. This podcast has been a regular part of my life for years - since probably episode 8 or 9. I can't thank you enough for all of your hard work, and all the learning, fascination, and amusement it has brought. I'm heartbroken this particular series is coming to an end, but I know we'll hear many great things from you in the future. All the best wishes for your new family!
May 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
All I can do is add to the thank yous. I honestly can't remember when I started listening, but it was after the 'hiatus' - as you mentioning it in this episode is the first I've heard of it.
It's become a daily routine for me to download the episode each week on a Monday morning (I live in the UK), and listen to it on the way to work. I've changed jobs twice since I started listening, so each episode will have it's own memory linked with it. It's a very strange and special thing to look back on.
In my opinion, you should keep this feed as a standalone body of work, and start a new one for the next podcast. The History of Rome should stay just that; after all, I still have people to tell about it!
A donation will be on the way soon. Good luck in the future, podcast or no podcast. Thanks again, Rob.
May 06, 2012 at 05:08 PM
This podcast has been part of my life for years. So sad to see it end.
I wish you all the best and thank you for putting in so much work to make this such an amazing podcast. It will be real strange to not hear you describe roman history each week.
I'm really looking forward to your next project. Good Luck!
May 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Monday mornings will never be the same. Thank you for all the work you did these last 4 years. As a Latin teacher, this is a great resource to point my kids towards. Gratias!
May 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I have been silently following your podcast for about 8 or 9 months now. It was the first (and thus far only) podcast I downloaded and since I didn't get in on the ground floor, I had the pleasure of catching up on dozens of episodes without having to wait for new releases. I only really sort of caught up a few weeks ago. I'm sad that it is the end. I'm up to Attila Cometh right now, but after typing this, I'm going to skip to The End, for the bittersweet sign off.
You have produced a work of immense erudition and entertainment. My father, after hearing a few episodes with me while driving, described you as a latter-day Gibbon. I agree. I really hope that you do publish a book, one that preserves the little jokes and asides that made this podcast great. Also, I too would buy the CD.
You have gone above and beyond in every way with this series. I am sure there are many, many thousands more like me who have hitherto been silent in the comments but have enjoyed your work. I've recommended it to random people on the train who I have spotted with books on Roman history.
Like everyone else, I hope that one day you will be able to return and see the Eastern Empire through to 1453 (if only for Justinian, Theodora and Bellisarius). I also look forward to any other project of yours.
All the very best to you and Mrs The History of Rome in raising the heir to the Duncan Dynasty.
Ave! I think we all here would hail you as Augustus.
May 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
First time listener, first time commenter.
First, thank you Mike for the wonderful podcast.
I found THoR about 2.5 years ago at a time I was just starting to get interested in learning more about Rome. I downloaded and listened to the first episode and was hooked.
You did a great job of of being very informative and teaching a subject to people who may have not known anything about it, while at the same time keeping things very light and funny. There were days at work when I was doing mindless monkey-work where I would listen to THoR for 7-8 hours straight for multiple days in a row, there aren't many people whose voice I could stand to have in my head for that period of time.
Thank you again and good luck with the family and everything else in your future.
Steve Rhine |
May 06, 2012 at 05:28 PM
谢谢 and danke schön and thanks. Also thanks for using my line "the history of the history of Rome" even if you didn't actually get it from me in the comments last year but rather made it up yourself. Now I would like to offer some wild speculation on your next project:
* The history of China
* ... of India
* ... of Germany
* ... of science and technology
* ... of England
* The dark ages: not so dark after all
* The middle ages: wow, a lot of stuff happened
* kittens: are they not cute?
Ok, the last one is somewhat unlikely.
David Auerbach |
May 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I started listening since around the time of the Punic Wars and listening to THoR has been a staple in my life ever since. I've followed you since you went through the hiatus, death of your grandfather, marriage and move to Austin, the Tour (which I went on), removal of your appendix, and finally the birth of your child. The podcast, which covered 448,663 days of ancient history, I will always cherish. I will buy the collectors edition CD set if you make it available. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
May 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Thanks Mike! It's been fun. I wish you would have reconsidered Byzantium but I understand with Lars Brownworth's finished series out there. Have you considered covering Alaska? "The History of Nome" has a nice ring to it. ;-) Good luck and take care of that new family.
May 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Goodbye Mike!!! You have been great at explaining all the nitty gritty of the Roman Empire. You have proven key in my classical studies, so I would like to say thank you. I am quite sure you have heard this a thousand times.But you've been a pleasure to listen to :D
P.S. Best wishes for the child. Oh and "Ut diis cum vobis" (may the gods be with you)
Devan Nathvani |
May 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thank you Mike for this wonderful podcast. Mira and I wish you and Mrs History of Rome all the best for the future with the baby. We've made it through long days of university by listening to this podcast and will simply go back to the beginning and do it all over again. 189 episodes have gotten us through our daughters' being born, our wedding and honeymoon, graduating from Paris University and starting at Leeds University and we've enjoyed every second.
All the best once again and we hope to hear you with the new project in the future.
Dominic and Mira Wade |
May 06, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Thanks Mike for a great podcast series. Superb quality, enjoyable narration. I agree with the CD idea too. All the best for the future to you and your family.
Neil Lee |
May 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Thank you Mike
May 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thank you for five years of dedicated and brilliant podcasting. You have produced a magnificent and accessible monument to the grandeur that was Rome that I excitedly looked forward to each week. I don't know how I'm going to fill the void.
Best of luck with your family and all your future endeavours.
Alex Huth |
May 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Just dropped in a donation. Have you thought of editing the tHoR onto CD's and selling them? or maybe setting up a convenience address for your fans to ship Roman themed baby clothes, like T-shirts reading, "What is this? I was supposed to be born to a Roman emperor. . .not a Roman historian. . ."
May 06, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Well well well, three holes in the desert. I feel so happy to have been listening to this fantastic series. It has really sparked an interest in history that I never new existed. Mike can I say you have such an easy listening voice, coupled with a good sense of humour that I like so many others are going to miss. Good luck to you, your family and I hope you next adventures do you well.
allan billington |
May 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Thanks for a great podcast. My Monday morning commute won't be the same without it. Your work and wit have been greatly appreciated. Best wishes on the new chapter in your life.
May 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Thank you Mike. Best of luck.
Scott Shapiro |
May 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I had mentioned before that I finally understand, but I will say again "I finally understand." Thank you for your project.
May 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thank you, Mike. It's been a blast :)
Also, yay! New show! :D
May 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thank your this podcast. I look forward to your future project, and I hope there's a book project in the future. I'm excited also about future THOR tours!
Account Deleted |
May 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I want to echo the thanks. I've really enjoyed the podcast over the years. When you relocated to Austin, I immediately began thinking of THoR as a "hometown podcast." After you announced you were leaving, I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to Audible through your page's offer. For those who haven't, it's a good way to show appreciation, and a great replacement fix now that the podcast is over.
David Doty |
May 06, 2012 at 08:11 PM
mike t |
May 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
ok. now i've composed myself. mike, thank you!!! this has been an amazing journey.
I'm still holding out hope for the history of us, that you mentioned in the 100th episode.
Mike, I'm happy for you and your wife. we had our son this january, sileo! i hope that you enjoy being a dad as much as i do.
mike t |
May 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Thanks for all the work and wonderful history lessons. I have been listening almost from the beginning and was quite envious of your move to Austin (ex-Austinite, wishing for an excuse to move back to raise my toddler in one of the best cities in the world).
Your podcast helped inspire me to take up an online history masters course. I chose the American Revolution, so quite selfishly suggest that as your next podcast theme, should you ever do another one.
I now have one less to look forward to Monday mornings! Actually your podcast might have the only thing I enjoyed about Mondays.
Best of luck for you and your family in whatever you end up doing.
May 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Congratulations on your great achievement! Thanks for 5 years of wonderful listening and learning.
William Bares |
May 06, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Congratulations Mike, this was an amazing podcast, thank you for your many sacrifices that made this podcast possible. Many happy tidings to your family.
Chris Pall |
May 06, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Thank you for the wonderful podcast. It brought great joy to me. God bless you and your new family!
May 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Thank you Duncan.
I have really enjoyed this podcast. I look forward to whatevery you decide to do next.
Hmm, now I need to find a new podcast to follow....
Finlay Thompson |
May 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thank you, Mike. This has been a wonderful podcast and I will miss it and you greatly. Your podcast is why I've found a love of history at mid life that I didn't know I had. Your abilities, especially your humor, made your History of Rome podcast really come alive. Good luck with the family and your next great adventure!
David Burdeaux |
May 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Thank you so much for this podcast. I can't wait to hear about what you are doing next. Perhaps the rise and fall of the Soviet Union?
Bob Erics |
May 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I have been listening to your podcast every week for...at least 3 years. I loved it, and appreciate all of your hard work. I have downloaded and kept of all of the old episodes and listen to the old ones all of the time. Like you, I prefer early Roman history. Incidentally, I am a UT alum, and lived in Austin for 20 years, moving to D.C. only a few months after you moved there.
All the best.
Philip Ford |
May 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thank you for this last episode. Having things summed up this way is great, though we would have all understood if you had had to skip it.
One of the great things is that this is ending on a huge note; the birth of your son. Rome ended for a host of reasons, but in the end it came down to the people no longer wanting the Empire. It was too fraught with danger in the West. The History of Rome Podcast ends on a note of hope and promise. All happiness to your family.
Best wishes to you and your family. I look forward to hearing about your next podcast soon.
May 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It went with a bang and a whimper. Thank you so much Mike.
May 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Reasons why Rome fell.....
It's been interesting hearing about Rome's attitudes towards border security. It has such strong parallels to current day issues. You could use the Roman example to either show that you should shut the borders tight and don't let the barbarians in, only to pillage our lands and take our jobs and ruin our cultural purity. (insert smiley, if that's needed) Or that a nation needs to be flexible and accommodating and figure out how to work with these Others.
One could make the case either way.
Anyway, see you around whenever you are around.
Enjoy the sleepless nights and projectile liquid poop.
Trust me, whatever the environmental impact may be, disposable nappies make baby maintenance far less gooey.
May 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Thanks for the podcost. I have recommended it to many people and they all love it. Good luck.
May 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I will have a hole in my Sunday evening schedule. Thank you for a wonderful podcast. All the best.
May 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Thank you. Just thank you. You are the second most important reason for me choosing to study Classics and Classical Civilization at university, and if I had the money, I'd happily donate $100. I can't wait to hear your next podcast, and I wish you the best of luck in becoming a father. He/she is going to have an awesome dad.
You Rock Mike |
May 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Mike - Thank you so, so much for all of your thoughtful research, your dedication to the podcast, your witty and clever commentary, and your sheer force of will that has driven the History of Rome podcast.
I began listening January 2010, and within a span of four months became caught up with all the past episodes, and eagerly awaited every Sunday evening / Monday commute home to listen to your newest release. It was practically a highlight of my week.
In the year 2011, my wife and I traveled around the world (literally) for our honeymoon. We spent a pretty good deal of time in Italy, and also Turkey. We happened to be there right around the time you were giving your tours, but our travel budget didn't allow us to actually join in on the fun. We did, however, pay attention to the itinerary, and went to many of the places you suggested on your tour. Sorry if you feel like we might have crashed your party, but we definitely enjoyed our time and talked about you a lot.
I'm just about to start a great new job tomorrow, and after I get my first paycheck, I plan on donating to THOR mightily. You've provided so much entertainment, education, food for thought, topics for discussion, points to ponder, opinions to discuss, and pure delight for the past two and a half years, and I'm sad to see the History of Rome podcast come to and end. I wait with great anticipation for your next big project.
And congratulations on becoming a father! Hooray for you!
Joseph Hren |
May 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Thank you so much for a fantastic series Mike! I loved ePvery minute of it and learned a lot. Gonna miss the weekly episodes. All the best
May 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I have downloaded the last HoR podcast to listen to on my Monday walk, as I have been doing for so many episodes. Thank you for so many hours of entrtainment and education. Best of luck on becoming a new parent. Rome was not built in a day, and neither is becoming a Dad. Constantine changed the nature of the Empire, and becoming a Dad will forever change your life. May the gods/God hold you and your family close. Should you decide to continue the Roman saga, I will again be your faithful listener.
Alan S. Berlin
Alan s. Berlin |
May 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Just thanks so much, Mike. I listened from about episode 3 or 4, and will miss Sunday nights greatly. But now I've got my chance to go back and re-listen, opening multiple Wikipedia pages and multiple maps, to try to really absorb what happened.
I hope you realize how much good will you've got out in the world. If I were emperor I would have you wear a toga that said "I made The History of Rome Podcast" and you would never have to pay for your own beer ever again.
P.S. Congrats to you and Mrs. H.o.R. on the baby.
May 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Best. Podcast. Ever! I stumbled across THoR when you were up to Julius Caesar and the end of the republic. I was hooked immediately, and your podcast has been without a doubt my favourite. I will be listening to them all again from the beginning. Thankyou so much for vastly increasing my knowledge of the Ancient world, and giving me the thirst to learn even more about the Roman Empire. Your podcast will be sorely missed each week. Congratulations to you and your wife, you will no doubt be a Dad who tells the best stories.
Stephen McMillan |
May 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for all the effort you've put into this podcast over the years.
May 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I have been listening since Octavian, and i'd like to thank you for what you've done. Your podcasts (oddly) helped me through a pretty bad period of my life right after my parents divorced and we had to sell the house. Getting lost in the story of rome was a great reprieve from the stress of modern life.
I wish you all the best, and even though the old Roman honor and spirit kinda died off after Diocletian, i still am going to miss the weekly history podcast.
Ryan Leonard |
May 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Was so happy when I found this podcast after listening to the 12 Byzantine Emperors back in 2007-08, and have loved every minute of the journey with you. Have listened to the show all the way through twice over now, and will be starting over again soon!
Thank you so much for all of your hard work, congrats with the family, and good luck in all your future endevors!
May 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
You've given me and many other some wonderful years of learning and entertainment. Thankyou very much and all the very best for your future endeavours.
Russell Davis |
May 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thanks so much, Mike! You did an excellent job in producing The History of Rome podcast. I am very excited about your upcoming history podcast and am looking forward to future listening. If it's not ancient history or American history, then perhaps it will be about medieval European history. I wish you much success regardless of what you do. Congrats to you and Mrs. The History of Rome on the baby boy! BTW, what area are you studying at the University of Texas?
Greg Webb |
May 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
BTW, I hope to make the next THoR tour. My wife (recently married) does not share my passion for Roman history, but I'm pretty sure that she would like to go to Rome.
Greg Webb |
May 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I've listened to all 179 episodes, though I believe this is the first time I've posted a comment. Kudos to you for the wonderful service you've offered the listening public over the past five years, Mike. And blessings on the next stage of your life's journey. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Andrew C. Thompson |
May 06, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Thanks for the great podcast. I hope the next one is on the History of The British Empire.
May 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thanks for the amazingly detailed and understandable podcast! I first discovered your podcast earlier this year, and by some coincidence caught up just in time to listen to this episode today.
May 07, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Thanks Mike. Your podcast has been a part of my life during grad school. It has helped keep me sane. And to go along with your "omens" decision to end the show now, I find it very fitting that you posted the final episode the same night I finished my dissertation. It's nice to bring to major parts of my life to close on the same evening.
Good luck, and we better hear from you again in the future, after some well deserved time off.
Jon Willits |
May 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM
thank you very much for your time & dedication.
as you mentioned in the final episode, i'd also listened to the byzantine empire podcast & then searched for a history of rome one. options were limited and yours was the only one with high quality.
hopefully you consider upgrading the sound & then selling dvds, as well as mp3's. 9.99 or even 29.99 to purchase/download the entire series via itunes with sharper sound would be well worth it for me.
thank you for sealing the deal with this episode.
all the best.
May 07, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Wonderful series. Thank you so much!
Conrad Robinson |
May 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Thank you so much! I started with THOR a couploe of years ago and finally got up just as you reached the end. The last episode was bitterweet, but excellent. You went out a winner at the highest level of quality. I suppose all I can do now is start again at episode # 1, and also eagerly awiat your next production.
Bill Cohn |
May 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Thank you for a wonderful podcast. My Sundays simply wont be the same anymore! Good luck with the baby and all the rest. Can't wait for the next podcast! JB
J.B. Le Pichon |
May 07, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Truly an end of an era. Thanks for the great podcast! Res secundae! or Bona fortuna! ...conflicting translations... anyway good luck! ;)
May 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Thanks Mike and Mrs History of Rome,
Fantastic ride and compulsive listening every week. The trips to work will be so much duller going forward. My bet for your next podcast is "The Italian wars, or Italian middle ages until unification".
Best podcast on the net.
Best wishes to your new boy, Gaius perhaps?
May 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Wow. What a journey.
Without a doubt, this has been a wonderful investment of time and I wish it weren’t ending. Your accomplishment with this pod cast has expanded my horizons and those of many others, I’m sure.
I wish you and Mrs. THoR the best with your new addition. Life shall be even more wonderful with this new investment of time.
I can’t wait for your next work…not ancient history and not American History…I wonder. My family and I live in Europe where I work on a temporary assignment from the U.S., so perhaps we will see you on the next tour!
Brian Marple |
May 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Thanks for the wonderful podcasts! I mostly listen to them while falling asleep at night: with two young kids of my own I have few other opportunities to listen these days. This means that I can listen to them all over again and catch things I missed the first time -- lucky me.
To repeat what an earlier commenter said, there are few voices that I could listen to for such a long time without the experience becoming either grating or monotonous, but yours is one of them.
Best of luck with your baby. Your whole life is about to be turned upside down - mostly in a good way. Donation sent, and I look forward to your next project :)
May 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I've never posted here before, though I have been a fan since finding this podcast in late 2009. Like many others here, I can't say enough about how great this podcast has been. If 12 Byzantine Rulers - a podcast I found based on your work here - was your inspiration, let me say that you surpassed it with ease. I have enjoyed every episode in the little over 2 years I've been listening, and your efforts are a shining example for how powerful the internet is.
I'm grateful for all your work, and hope my very young daughters will sit through every episode when they're old enough to be covering the Roman Empire in school. I look forward to your next project, and have fun becoming a dad!
Cheers, and until next time...
May 07, 2012 at 01:51 AM
One word ::: > Perfect !
(the THoR cyber family will be awaiting for your return)
May 07, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Thanks for a great podcast. And I've already downloaded every episode for what will probably the first of many re-listenings
May 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I especially love the Julio-Claudian emperors. This was all rather fantastic. Thank Mike! Much respect. Robert, from New Zealand.
May 07, 2012 at 02:46 AM
What a fantastic achievement! Mike, you have every reason to feel extremely proud of yourself for completing this immense project. I will donate again when I return home from the heart of the Carthaginian empire (Tunisia), a trip partly inspired by your episodes on the Punic Wars.
May 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Thank you so much for all your work Mike. My father recommended this podcast a couple of years ago, and I really couldn't imagine that I would listen to dozens of episodes of history, but I gave it a go and I was blown away by the quality of the show, your storytelling, your humour and most of all your infectious interest in the subject. It's a wonderful podcast, I have enjoyed learning so much, and I hope you (and I) have a ball with your next project. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Michael Hides |
May 07, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Thank you very much for all your work and your enthusiasm, and your perseverance. I have enjoyed listening, learning and daydreaming about Rome for four years thanks to your podcast.
I am not a native English speaker, but the way you talk has made it much easier for me to keep listening. You are a talented speaker. I didn't just learn roman History, I improved my English too.
Finally, as a student of history, I want to thank for the quality of your research, your criticism of the sources, and the distinction you always make between your guesses, the documented facts, and the untrustworthy sources.
Your podcast is one of my favourite. There had to be and end, though. I will definitely start listening again from the beginning so I won't miss so much the new episodes.
Thank you very much, congratulations about your Baby, and a big hug from Hispania.
May 07, 2012 at 04:20 AM
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