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December 21, 2008


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"The careless plotters forgot the first and second rule of Fight Club." Priceless! ;-)


You are so on the ball lately, I love it! Yay for THOR!


I'm really having trouble hearing your voice on this one. I listen to podcasts in the car using an FM transmitter, and sometimes I get static. Your podcast has always been lower in volume than most of the ones I listen to, but this week I couldn't even listen to until I got home. Can you record the next one a little louder?

Thanks again for putting this podcast out... I'm a huge fan.


Great podcast! I discovered it about a week ago and I am already caught up. Thanks for doing it each week. I have one request though. Would it be possible for you to do an episode that explains what life was like for an average Roman living in Rome? I'm sure its not that simple. Even if you can just take a portion of an episode shed a bit of light on life in Rome. That would be great! Thanks, again for a great podcast!



I'm very happy that THoR is back - it's wonderful to have my favourite history subject come to life like this. I also appreciate the background bits, such as the origins of the pontiff etc...


@Zack, agreed, the volume was too low on this one, I tried to listen to it while commuting but it was kind of impossible, and I had to wait till I got home.

Please keep up the great work!


I agree with jrbooth. I love the biographical and military stuff, but a little bit on daily life and what Rome was physically like would allow us to picture it all. Stone buildings or wood? Central-heating? What were the banquets like at this point?
It's also important as we and the Romans themselves kept coming back to the idea of decadence and how increasing luxury destroyed the moral life of Rome.


This is the best podcast out there.


Nice pot boiler, cheers


Meh, historians concentrate on military and political history because that's the interesting stuff. You can find historians specializing in the lifestyle of people in certain times, however, I find it extremely difficult to pay attention to such subjects.

"Stone buildings or wood?"

Well, Augustus is reported to have said "I found Rome a city of wood and left her a city of marble.", so that would indicate that Rome of the Republican period was largely made of wood. However, that's kind of shaky evidence.



"What were the banquets like at this point? "


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