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July 12, 2009


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Noooooo! D:


What Wes said! No No No this cannot be happening!
There goes my Sunday night...........


Too bad it still isn't working. Enjpy your day.



Oh no! These technical difficulties have ruined my whole Monday morning!


It was a long trip into work this morning :( Hopefully the servers will be more friendly tonight!

Ian Perkins

Gah!! Server maintenance is not allowed to hinder The History of Rome!!!

Scott M. DeBruycker

Now whose grill am I going to buckle my shoe with!?


Great title. I'll wait as patiently as I can.

Teresa neal

Ha Ha Ha, great title. Can't wait.


Owww I am getting on a plane in the morning and would love to hear how the Claudius sage ended , fiddlesticks


No sweat, man!


A Monday drive home without The History of Rome?

So ... cold ...


And it's up! I might feel bad about how hopelessly addicted I am to these, but it really is a great show.

Downloading now!

Scott M. DeBruycker

Your more dependable than Paul from Houston. Now if only I could have the same expectation from the professors that I pay to learn from.

Michael In Houston

So far, I have:
Epsd Title Best Guess of Dates
01 - Birth of a Nation ?? BC - April 21, 753 BC
02 - Youthful Indiscretions 753 BC - 673 BC / 673 BC – 641 BC / 640 BC – 616 BC
03a- The Seven Kings of Rome 717 BC - 673 BC / 673 BC - 616 BC
03b- The Seven Kings of Rome 616 BC - 578 BC / 534 BC - 510 BC
04 - The Public Thing 510 BC - 509 BC
05 - Trials and Tribulations 509 BC - 450 BC
06 - The Twelve Tables 450 BC - 519 BC
07 - The Roman Washington 519 BC – 430 BC
08 - Decades of Gloom 450 BC - 446 BC
09 - A Trojan War 446 BC - 387 BC
10 - Barbarians at the Gates 387 BC - 386 BC
11 - The Morning After 386 BC - 343 BC
12 - The First Samnite War 343 BC - 341 BC
13 - The Latin War 340 BC – 338 BC
14a- A Phalanx With Joints 338 BC -
14b- A Phalanx With Joints - 326 BC
15a- The Second Samnite War 326 BC -
15b- The Second Samnite War - 298 BC
16 - The Third Samnite War 298 BC - 290 BC
17 - Pyrrhic Victories 290 BC - 272 BC
18 - A History of Rome Christmas * 2007 Christmas Special *
19 - Prelude to the First Punic War 272 BC - 264 BC
20a- The First Punic War 264 BC -
20b- The First Punic War - 241 BC
21 - Interbellum 241 BC -
22 - Prelude to the Second Punic War - 218 BC
23a- The War with Hannibal 218 BC -
23b- The War With Hannibal - 216 BC
23c- The War With Hannibal 216 BC - 212 BC
23d- The War With Hannibal 212 BC - 209 BC
23e- The War With Hannibal 209 BC - 201 BC
24 - The Second Macedonian War 200 BC - 196 BC
25 - The Syrian War 196 BC - 188 BC
26 - The Third Macedonian War 188 BC - 168 BC
27 - Mopping Up 168 BC ~
28 - Taking Stock ~ 100 BC
29 - Tiberius Gracchus 168 BC - 154 BC
30 - Gaius Gracchus 160 BC - 121 BC
31a- Marius 157 BC – 109 BC
31b- Marius 109 BC - 100 BC
32 - The Social War 100 BC - 91 BC
33 - Marius and Sulla 91 BC - 84 BC
34 - No Greater Friend, No Worse Enemy 85 BC - 78 BC
35 - Crassus and Pompey 78 BC - 71 BC
36 - I Am Spartacus! 73 BC - 71 BC
37 - Go East Young Man 74 BC - 62 BC
38 - The Catiline Conspiracy 63 BC - 62 BC
39 - The Young Julius Caesar Chronicles 62 BC - 59 BC
40 - In the Consulship of Julius and Caesar 59 BC - 58 BC
41a- The Gallic Wars 58 BC
41b- The Gallic Wars 58 BC - 52 BC
42 - Meanwhile, Back in Rome 58 BC - 49 BC
43 - Insert Well Known Idiom Here 50 BC - 48 BC
44 - Caesar Triumphant 48 BC - 47 BC
45 - The End Of The War 47 BC - 46 BC
46 - Sic Semper Tyrannis 46 BC - 44 BC
47 - Octavius-Octavian 44 BC - 43 BC
48 - The Second Triumvirate 43 BC - 42 BC
49 - Apollo and Dionysus 42 BC - 37 BC
50 - The Donations of Alexandria 37 BC - 31 BC
51 - Actium 31 BC - 30 BC
52 - Caesar Augustus 30 BC - 23 BC
53 - Reigning Supreme 23 BC - 17 BC
54 - All in the Family 17 BC - 6 BC
55 - Teutoburg Nightmares 6 BC - 9 AD
56 - The King is Dead, Long Live the King 9 AD - 14 AD
57 - Germanicus 14 AD - 19 AD
58 - Partner of my Labors 19 AD - 37 AD
59 - To the Tiber with Tiberius 31 AD - 37 AD
60 - No Better Slave, No Worse Master 37 AD - 41 AD
61 - What, me Claudius? 10 AD - 50 AD
62 - Take My Wife...Please ~41 AD - 48 AD

I found this weeks episode interesting in the fact, that Mike found the Claudius affairs shocking, as apparently did all of Rome. But, like the Romans historians, all historians tend to be young men, and do not necessarily understand Marriages of Convenience. That is to say, that men having had their children, might marry more for comfort than the illusion of fidelity. Claudius was 48 years old when he married Messalina, who was at best, what? 18?? And, having born two children ostensibly by Claudius, we can thereby understand a bit more of their relationship through their Age differences.
I'd bet he was understanding of her needs, and was loath to condemn her, and only through pressure became convinced as to the necessity of her demise. The question becomes: Who was instrumental in deciding her fate. Claudius would not have deliberately made such a decision. He was much older, more tolerant, and I think...dare I say? A 'relatively normal human being' as we know men today. In a final analysis? I think Claudius did ok. I just wonder what happened to the Guard that murdered her? And, I'd bet 'Sestertius' that that big-mouthed Narcissus won't last very long. ;)

Another great epsiode, Mike! Thanks!

Don in Australia

Thanks for that Michael.
I wonder if Mike or anyone else can verify those dates. I've been hanging out every week for the new episodes since I first stumbled across the series around week 30 and love the lighthearted commentary. It's amazing to think that western society as we know it is largely what it is because of the Roman Empire, wierdos and all. Come to think of it, when I look at the nightly news broadcasts, it's not so hard to believe at all.


Mike (from Houston), isn't that a little cynical? Suetonius and others describe the stupor and confusion that Messalina's execution brought upon Claudius. Where as Suetonius deduces a lack of feeling, it appears to me to be shock and depression. I think Claudius' depth of feeling and subsequent disillusionment were as genuine as Augustus' with his daughter Julia.

I really feel for Claudius. These lines from Graves' Claudius the God, uttered by the broken Claudius after he learns the truth about Messalina have always haunted me:

"At the first Games I ever saw (I was acting as joint-President with my brother Germanicus)- Games in honor of my father, you know - I saw a Spanish sword-fighter have his shield-arm lopped off at the shoulder. He was close to me and I saw his face clearly. Such a stupid look when he saw what had happened. And the amphitheatre roared with laughter at him. I thought it was funny too, God forgive me."

Bruce in Atlanta

My interest in Ancient Rome was originally kindled by "I Claudius" many years ago. I really enjoy this podcast series, and I've been looking forward to the Claudius episodes. Great work, Mike.

Scott M. DeBruycker

Vital the lasting vision
To lay our passing upon a page,
Or better yet a dancing wave.
Still, the everlasting
Will as ever crave,
Insatiably, the mortal wage.
You'll find me long after
The bridge fails to draw,
Long after the castle walls
And monuments, into rubble, fall.
And government, baring the sword,
Falls victim to the burden
Of a worldwide horde.
Now when the skyscrapers
Glass fails to shine
When the three rivers run dry
You'll find me slowly sipping
A fine glass of wine
In salute to captivating all time.
While religion ends in discord
In who's word is truly of the lord.
Just: Akasha has it written
On tablets, no stone chisel bitten,
But by the passion of humanity
Is the mallet driven
In stone tablets of evermore...

Thank You Mr. Duncan

Matt in Japan

I have been listening from the very beginning, and every episode is fantastic. Does it really need to be so family friendly though? Oh well, I am just lucky you keep doing it.


Mike D. - Great job on the podcast! Ever consider starting one on the History of the Greek world?


Great podcast. Is there anyway you can expand the RSS feed to include all episodes? Currently, it is cutting off everything from before episode 15 or so.


Excellent episode. Made me wonder, had they met what notes on young women Claudius and Henry VIII would have made.

On a more general point. Of the four Claudian Emperors - Tiberius, Giaus, Claudius & Nero - was there one amongst them that did not suffer significant mental health impairment? Both Tiberius and Claudius clearly lost the plot in middle age, whereas Caligula and Nero didn't need half so much time. I'm sure it's been stated before but my conclusion can only be this: the Claudii - totally nuts, all of them.

Mike in Phoenix

Great episode Mike! And a very nice use of a classic 'Bush-ism'! Very entertaining! Claudius is an absolutley fascinating figure in history. I wonder though, is there anything to the idea that Claudius, like his father Drusus, held any republican sympathies? Also you said that Claudius having mistresses was uummm 'different', is that because he had them or because he didn't just take whomever he wanted like the two princeps before him? Keep up the good work! This Sunday won't be the same without a new THoR but I'll be waiting anxiously next Sunday.


If anyone is interested, I came across a great PBS special 4 part series on the Roman Empire in the first century. Good stuff.



Thank goodness I only just stumbled across this podcast series--I can use your brief hiatus to catch up on episodes 1-60. I LOVE what I've heard so far, it's terrifically well done (laughed out loud at the Bush-ism). I second Corey's suggestion for a History of Greece when this one *sniff* is over.

(Also, read the "About" page and was delighted to discover a fellow WWU-er. Hurrah!)


How do I get episodes before #15? they don't appear in the feed.


Enjoy the podcast very much. Tried to visit audiblepodcast.com/rome to show support but couldn't because I'm already an audible subscriber.


Is there no episode this week?


Thank you for answering my question!


Why are you stoping at Romlusus Augustus? Why not go one to the end of the easteren roman empire?

And is there anyway to get the first 10 or so podcast?

Keep up the good work.


I had a random question about something that's come up a couple of times in these podcasts. Its often been mentioned that the victims of the various purges faced "Exile or Execution". But how did exile work in those days ?

Were you just exiled from Rome ? From Italy ? From the whole empire ?

What were the logistics of it ? Do we have any accounts of who exiles managed to flee the empire, and how they got on in foreign lands (other than high ranking celebrities like Cicero who presumably could fall back on their reputation to ensure they fared well).

Bosch's Poodle

I am a rank amateur but thought i'd pop in to say, holy mother of God, what an epic podcast. I've been working my way through these for months, finally check out the blog, and the fricking guy has handdrawn maps to boot! These are incredibly entertaining and informative, perfect balance between information and informal color. When I get caught up I'm going to go back through them at least one more time from the beginning. I'll be hitting the tip jar too. You have my admiration and gratitude. You have a real talent for teaching. Btw I'm also rewatching HBO's Rome at the same time.


this must be the contemporary political boneheaded quotes episode... at least two of em... kinda takes me out of the 1st century though.

Gus from Australia

I´m on episode 48... need to catch up!


Your show is awesome. If there isn't a new episode I'm listening to the old ones, until the next one comes out. Could you list a Bibliography of the books you are reading? Or at least what you are recommending on Audible. I'm driving to work when I listen so writing the information down is kind of inconvenient. Thanks for making my drive awesome though, and I agree that you should do this with Greece when you are done with Rome.


I LOVE this series and playing catchup. My daughter loves history and we home school her forcing me to relearn about Rome and Greece and this is an entertaining and informative to do it. You're much more relaxed and witty as time goes on. Thank you for your hard work. I mean it.


I realize I'm a year behind (although I just found the podcast two weeks ago, and I've already gone through 800 years of Roman history!) but I had a question on this podcast. What language did Caratacus speak to the Senate when his gave is famous speech? Presumably his native language was some ancient British language, but would he have spoken Latin as well? Or was there likely a translator present in the Senate?

Thanks Mike, I've learned more in the last few weeks than I ever did in several Ancient History classes in school.

New Jordans

Excellent post. It makes me realize the energy of words and pictures. I learn a lot, thank you! Wish you make a further progress in the future.

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