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November 08, 2009


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All in the Family

Congratulations on the new marriage, new job (with full benefits!), and new episode, Mike. Well done.




Woohoo! Monday - THoRday (I'm in Australia, half a day ahead of the U.S.A.).


Good episode.


I can't get over how fascinating this idea of a tax on urine collection is. It's utterly mind boggling. I'm a regular listener although I rarely comment but this piece of information has pushed me over the edge.

I don't even like taxes but I think I'd come around to the idea if we could think up progressively bizarre things to tax. But of course there is surely no possible tax more bizarre than one on urine collection.

Keep up the good work.

Tye Power

Just picking the podcast up after fasting from my iPod for a few months. Thoroughly enjoyed the wedding episode. Like you I grew up in Washington and moved to Texas when I got married and still remain a Mariners fan. Though you have moved to Austin which is more like Seattle than Seattle. Keep up the good work. Everything really is bigger in Texas.

Tye Power

And I graduated from WWU in 1998.


Just great. I love these things.

Flavian Fan

Great episode of my joint favourite Emperor. Well done! And good timing, as Vespasian 2000th birthday is next week (we're having a party to celebrate). But can I say that Domitian is not bad, he is very misunderstood and the victim of Trajanic propaganda. Ok, he wasn't the best and he did loads wrong but he was not the monster he's made out to be. I know loads of excellent books on the topic.

John McGee


I just discovered your series and have switched my iPod listening to your History exclusively. Thanks heaps for doing this; I will be forever in your debt. The more I listen episode by episode, the more I see eerie parallels to our own U.S. history and current international geopolitics. Your concise, well-researched series has been engaging and instructive, and I only wish every high-placed politician and/or bureaucrat in the U.S. was required to listen to this series.

I spent 11 years as an officer in the Navy, and I was always amazed and disheartened by a general disinterest in history among my fellow junior (and some senior) officers. Your series would fill a very large gap in officer education and would provide much-needed perspective on military service and policy making. Staff colleges are designed mostly to fill this gap, but your series would make a hugely-important bit of history (the 1,000 years of the Roman kingdom/republic/empire) acessbile to those who weren't destined for staff colleges in the near future (i.e. those junior officers). Your podcast format makes the series easily accessible and would offer the versatility/portability needed by many military members with tight schedules and not a lot of time to sit still on one place, undisturbed, for several hours.

Thanks for helping a young ex-warrior like me place myself in a larger spectrum. Keep up the excellent work, Mike. Though I'm only just through the Gracchi brothers in the late Republic, I am looking forward to the rest of the series with much anticipation. This also gives me a great side motivator for going to the gym for several hours. I figure since I'm unemployed I might as well get in better shape and learn something. So I'm killing two birds with one stone these days, thanks to you.

John McGee,
ex-Lieutenant Commander, USN

John McGee

P.S. I was stationed up at NAS Whidbey Island for the majority of my Naval service. I love it up that way. I wish I was still in the Seattle area as well.


Can someone point me in the right direction to be able to have episode 1 to 24 on iTunes ? It starts at 25 and it really aggravates me... I don't want to have to listen on my computer!


Re: first 24 episodes

I downloaded them manually from the old site:

Then I imported them into iTunes using "Add to Library". They show up under Music, but it works.


Did Vespasian's disaster relief efforts extend to the eruption of Vesuvius or was that during Titus's reign? Was there any response from the empire?


I've been looking at that. Vesuvius, I think, erupted a month after Vespasian died.
Google time...
Vespasian died 23rd June, 79AD.
Vesuvius erupts 24th of August.

That must have surely caused a major round of portents and prophesies.

Interesting to hear about how Emperors would be reputed to perform miracles and fulfill prophesies. Ancient world PR campaigns.

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