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179- The End
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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 02:47 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 02:51 PM
Merci beaucoup. Tout le bonheur du monde à vous et à votre petite famille.
May 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You came, you spoke, you conquered.
May 06, 2012 at 02:56 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 02:57 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 03:02 PM
Excellent podcast. Properly brilliant. Good luck with your boy! Psyched to hear about a new podcast as well.
May 06, 2012 at 03:03 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 03:06 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 03:08 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 03:15 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 03:18 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 03:20 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 03:28 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 04:12 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 04:13 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 04:24 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 04:30 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 04:31 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 04:54 PM
Thank you Mike
May 06, 2012 at 04:58 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 05:18 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 05:21 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 05:25 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 05:28 PM
Thank you Mike. Best of luck.
Scott Shapiro |
May 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
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