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August 22, 2010


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Simon C

Hey mike, how many episodes are left?


I am so excited about this tour. I'm 90% on board...though I will have to ask the tour guide about leaving from Vancouver instead of NYC. If this tour is a success (and it will), perhaps the second tour will include Ephesus and Jerash, Ravenna and Nimes, and dare I dream of Lepcis Magna?

Thanks for all your efforts!


hi Mike!

I'm also very excited to get the details on the tour. I will be going to Rome 8th September as well, but will gladly join in May 2011!

I've already posted some questions, specifically on what to do when not living in NY and what the aimed at groupsize is.


Ah me, checking with my husband to see what his work schedule might be and if the tour is possible. By the time I get him to decide I bet your tour is full, but it's worth a try.

Ben Nicholson

Hi Mike
The tour looks great and I really want to go. You look like you put a lot of effort into it and I don't want to take anything away from that. But Is there anything that can be done if you don't live in the US, or at least North America. Aka the UK (or for those in other parts of europe and the world), like not paying for the flight for New York or (but this is a bit of a dream) but a flight from the UK (maybe having your plane stop in the UK and pick us up :)an even bigger dream). Anyway what ever happens I'm going to looking around that situation so I can go. Thanks for the organisation of this trip and a brilliant podcast

To @Simon C
I don't think Mike know's, cause from what he's said (especally in the 100th episode) he dosn't make predictions anymore.


I love the trip itinerary! Unfortunately, school seems to be in the way :(

But one important think I learned from visiting the travel site is this: Mike has an awesome goatee.


Warren B

Would LOVE to come along but , I have toured Italy in the 90s. However, I will keep an eye on this site in case I change my mind. I sure wish these podcast would have came out then because I didn't have a clue what I was looking at.

A couple things....Pompeii was great and, be prepared for HOT!!! weather.

Great podcast Mike! I was never interested in Rome history until I listened to your podcast.


How does the tour work for people living in Europe??


This trip sounds amazing, and I'm definitely interested. I doubt I can drag any of my friends along for the ride though, and I'd rather not pay the single supplement if I can help it on a student's salary, so hopefully there's a likeminded THoR fanatic out there to travel with.

You guys have probably already thought of this but it would be great if the yet-unveiled forum had a thread for fellow fans to coordinate travelling plans.

Thanks for putting in the tremendous effort into both the trip and the weekly podcast!

Johan Koning, Zwolle, The Netherlands


Thank you for all your work: THOR podcast. They should rise a statue for you in Rome. The "history of rome tour" is super but i think it is to much in such a little time. I'v been three times in Rome for holiday and still haven't seen enough. There is to much to see. The same for Pompei.

For the the "history of rome tour" part II in 2012 I can advise a visit to the former town Colonia Ulpia Traiana, modern day Xanten in Germany, at the border of the roman empire. Visit http://xanten.afg.hs-anhalt.de/desk30.html to get information about this site.

Ciao, Johan Koning


is there a list somewhere of all the books Mike has recommended during his commercials for audible.com?


@ Matt

I doubt you and I will be the only ones going solo. I hope the guide will manage to work some sort of arrangment!


hey vera

hes a list updated until episode 101



Hey guys, here's the sub-forum for the Tour if you want to get a jump start on the discussions:


Matt the Second

Damn! This tour would be like my dream vacation. Sadly, together with airfare, it's out of reach right now. Maybe next time.


I don't know if this is the appropriate spot to place this comment, but I am wildly appreciative of this podcast. My nephew put me onto it about a month ago and I am already to episode 72.
Mike, thank you so much for your efforts here: what a blessing. As a Roman Catholic priest, I have not found a better historical source than yours.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and, for whatever this is worth to you, I ask God to bless and keep you and your family in His care...


I love the history of Rome!

I hope you can do more "a day in the life of a Roman" and "Provincial Tour" style episodes sometime.

That is all.

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I am so happy to came across this post, the tour looks fantastic! Always wanted to visit Rome. Mike your podcast is just what i needed for preparing the vacation.

David Blackford

I just got to the episode where you have announced "The Tour". Great idea and I'm working on my wife to let me join the second tour.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Podcasts on such a fascinating topic, but as an engineer I am struck by something that has always puzzled me. Where were the great schools of engineering (the MITs and Cal Techs) in ancient Rome? Where did the engineers and architects acquire such astonishing knowledge? Why did Filippo Brunelleschi in the 14th century, spend years studying the remains of Roman buildings (by now Rome was a ghost town of 30,000 people and basically had become a gigantic builders supply yard) in order to figure out how to build the Duomo in Florence?

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I don't know if this will even be seen, but I've only just gotten to this episode. I didn't discover the podcast til about June of this year, and have been listening to at least 1 a day, sometimes up to 5 or 6. I love this podcast, and it has shown me how much of Ancient Roman history gets thrown to the wayside by teachers. Thankyou so much for this podcast!

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Of course, Saudi Arabia is an anachronism, as it is creation of the British Empire in the early 20th century.

The proper geographical term might have been the Arabian Peninsula.

Maybe you can upload a map or put a link to show the region of origin of the Sassanids?

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