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August 16, 2009


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Dear Mike, I think you may have crossed your wires for a second when describing how the Parthians forced a Roman army to retreat under the yoke just as the Samnites forced the Romans to do after the battle of the Colline Gate. I think you were referring to the Battle of Caudine Forks which actually did take place during the Samnite Wars and not Sulla’s Civil War. If I’m wrong then I’m sorry but I think that’s what you were trying to say since the Samnites lost the battle of the Colline Gate. Don’t worry I know you just put these in to see if we are paying attention.

Oh, and by the way, “Slaughter mode”… Priceless.

Brian Scott, Glasgow, Scotland

Just to say thank you for such a wonderful podcast. You make Rome come alive through your wonderful narration style. I have found your podcasts a fantastic educational aid, much more approachable some text books I have encountered in the past.

On a personal note, you my condolences on the sad loss of your grandfather. I am sure that he must have been very proud of you, and his part in sparking your interest in history, particularly the roman era.

Thank you again for such a wonderful podcast series.

Jan Hochbruck

I'm sorry I only react now, late, of course, two episodes, but ep. 63 features a Roman Colony named "Agrippinanisium" – I think what you mean is my home town, Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensis (today's Cologne), so called after the local Ubians decided to apply to the empress to become her clients, leading to lots of Claudii in the region and Agrippina to get her own colony named after her.

Brian in Oakland, CA

"under the yolk"? that's good....(see your italicized note for #65)
I didn't know the Romans were susceptible to egging.
All those centuries and the Germans had the perfect weapon in the coops all the time!
Thanks for the great story! I tell anyone who will listen to listen!

James, UK

Great addition again Mike..



Great episode Mike! I look forward to your podcast every week. Out of curiosity, is that you on the guitar at the beginning of each episode? I've wondered ever since the first History of Rome I listened to. It sounds nice, I was just wondering.


HI Mike,

I love your narration style. I have listened to other historical podcasts and audiobooks and yours is the best by far. maybe at the end, you could turn this series into an audiobook!!!

You have a way of keeping it interesting. My only issue is that the episodes are too short and not posted often enough!!!! That's not really a criticism, just an example of my desire to hear more!



Hi Mike

I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I love this podcast. Whilst I've always this was an interesting topic, you make the subject matter come alive!

Thanks, Hayley


Just wanted to say that this was the first episode that I listened to and that I have spent the last month catching up all the way from episode one- finally got back here this evening- great podcast, thanks for doing this.


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