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August 08, 2010


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Matthew Mooney

Hey long time fan...just have a question about this episode..

Everything I have heard about Elagabalus dwells about the more bizarre aspects of his behavior. The gender identity issue, his stab at prostituiton etc. How come you didn't at least mention that? I don't mean in graphic detail, but every other source on the boy emperor writes more about that than anything else. Was it to keep "Clean" status?


i was wondering what all of the non-soldier citizens thought of macrinus and his reign


I can't see this episode on iTunes. Does this happen to anyone else?


hey Agustin, yeah that happens to me a bunch, i just hit F5(refresh) from my library where I have it subscribed. For some reason I always have troubles downloading specific files directly from the store. Anyways, going to listen to it right now! The one thing I really look forward to on Mondays, THoR!!


I hope to se an episode about the roman army and its development.


I have to say, this was one of my favorite episodes. Probably because all the others are kinda blurring together, but this was just a entertaining little tidbit from Rome. Another great episode!


Is there a way to subscribe to this entire podcast, all the way back to the first episode? I've heard great things and I'd like to start from the beginning. When I subscribe via iTunes I only get the most recent episode. I changed the setting to "download all episodes" but no luck.

Todd Horowitz

It would be interesting to hear more about the cultural influence of the "East" on the empire as a whole, aside from Elagabalus' antics.


I still had it in my craw about Mike recommending Howard Zinn's book "A People's History of the United States" a while back. I said my piece at the time, but just found new information . His recently released FBI and KGB file shows him to have been a long-time communist, a supporter of Stalin and of Hitler. Zinn was man with an agenda with nothing good to say about the USA. Here is the link, which is more proof than he ever gave in his so-called history book: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/08/howard_zinns_dupes.html

Brent  P

Roy, See Eric's comments on last weeks episode. Zinn is like a THoR turd that wont flush. I don't think I am alone when I say I don't care for Zinn but I really don't care for how he has become affiliated with this wonderful podcast. (No offense to Roy and the many others)

Roy a.

Brent, no offense taken, this is a wonderful podcast, I agree. If I had read Eric's comments from last week I may not have made mine, as he made my points very well. I too lament that Zinn is mentioned, and have not mentioned him for a long time, having moved on. But the new info is quite explosive and needs to be anywhere that there are those who would defend him.


Roy, we get it. You don't like Zinn. Lay off that already.

But something I don't get, how could he be a hardcore Communist and support Hitler??
Communist =/= Fascist. They're actually mutually exclusive.

Roy a.

Zinn was in the communist party, which took it's lead from Stalin. When Stalin was allied with Hitler, so was the party in America. When Hitler stabbed the soviets in the back, the CPUSA turned against him. It is laid out well in the article I linked to above.


Wow, your interpretation of history is just amazing.....


Dear Mike,

Congratulations. I have no idea who Zinn is (also don't care) but from one little recommendation you have extracted so many comments.

You work hard. You deserve your fun.

PS. still looking for that Roman zombie documentary flick you recommended in the 100th episode.


Hi Mike
My name is Jamie from Newcastle I really like your podcast. I'm making my own and it's called 12 rulers of 12 civilizations. I was just wondering if you had any tips.

Thanks Jamie
P.S It should be on Itunes sometime nekt week!

Rob Carignan

Ah... now I understand Alma-Tadema's "The Roses of Heliogabalus" refers to Elagabalus.

Rob in Maine


Hey I am a new subscriber to the podcast. I am loving it! However iTunes only shows me episode 60 or so onwards. Where can I download the first 60 or so episodes I'm missing a lot of great stuff ! Thanks and keep up the good work.

Luise (Tasmania,Australia)

All episodes available at the following address...


Steve Gad

I chuckled to myself on the bus, about the painting of the weirdo new Emperor, hanging on the Senate wall. I got some strangle looks.
The History of Rome is so much a part of my leisure time now, that its end will be a very sad time for me.
Mike should be very highly praised for this most entertaining and informative series.


I love the series, thank you for this fascinating new episode, just as Steve comments above, your podcast is now hugely part of my liesure time. I've included a lot of books from your podcast into my reading list as well, and I am currently reading The Decline and Fall by Gibbon as well as Del paganismo al cristianismo about the change in the late empire from paganismo to christianity.

Keep up the good work!


Just found this wonderful podcast, amazing that as i am driving through the outback in NW Australia building a railway line i can listen to this!!

Oh and for all those that want to listen to the older episodes that are not on itunes simply right click on the episodes on this site, save as (where you want to put it). Open Itunes, file, import. Find HOR file downloaded in itunes library (music), right click, get info, options, media kind: change to podcast, okay. Should now appear in your itunes podcast folder. Sync device, should now be on your device!


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If past is prologue, by October, Sink and her Republican opponent (McCollum or Scott) will be eviscerating each other in television commercials and engaging in some of the very negative politicking her ad seems to decry. The reason: negative campaigning works. Just ask McCollum and Scott.

Like McCollum and Scott, Sink will be demanding that she and her opponent "debate the issues" and talk about what's really important to Florida. But, as the Republicans did in this primary, chances are high that Sink and her Republican opponent will only agree to a paltry number of debates (4 or fewer), which will leave little time to fully discuss and vet the issues because the forums (fora?) will be structured around television rules. What probably won't happen: A meaningful exchange on a topic that lasts more than five minutes, a back-and-forth where the candidateasdfs will actually have to debate each other and defend their positions under questioning.


Hello Mike,
I would just like to thank you soooo much for doing the history of Rome. Up until now all I ever knew of Rome were just basic stories and little fact. Now I know so much more. Your time and effort into making this clearly shows. Thank you very much.
P.S. Yes that is my real name, no joke.

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