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June 26, 2011


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Felipe Azucares

Love this podcast. Really is the highlight of my listening week. Don't know if Mike is familiar with the BBC kids TV programme Horrible Histories which seeks to engage children with history through comedy sketches and musical numbers that focus on such youthful concerns as um ...poo and death, but this number on Rome's worst emperors (a pastiche of MJs B.A.D.) made me laugh. Also how often do you get to hear someone sing "Heliogabalus": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Nh-zSMzqo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Ian McQuinn

I seem to be having a problem downloading it...It says its an HTML document, as opposed to an Mp3 file...


Nothing to download

Matt, Netherlanders

Yes there is: just right click on the link and open in new window.. there you can find the episode, just 'save as'



excellent recommendation. Those music vidoes are very humorous and well-done.


Thank you for the recommendation of the Falco series. I have been a fan for years and have read all 20 books which I lend out to everyone I know. Glad that I am not the only proselytiser Lindsay Davies.


Ha. Mike made a funny. :)


i love the podcast, but can´t stand the Falco series... :)
Lindsay Davies in my opinion doesn´t understand how an ancient roman thought. The sub rosas series by Steven Saylor is *much* better!!!


I didn't like the Silver Pigs either and so never got around to any other of the Falco series. Either as crime or historial fiction, it failed to be credible.


I read The Silver Pigs and thought it was a light, fun read. I couldn't get through the second one in the series though so I've given up on Falco for now.

I will second the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor; they're very good for the most part, though they do fall off a bit in quality towards the end. I've reviewed a bunch of them here.


I would interested to hear what anyone else thinks of Edward Gibbon and The Decline and Fall. What exactly were the Romans declining from and why did it take 1200 years? There seems to have been corruption, civil war and carnage at all stages of the Empire and even the Republic as well. Also, he tries too hard to inject hyperbole and other rhetorical devices in every one of his sentences.

shabber chowdhury

hi mike nice work, thank you. do you think you will say a liitle more about roman culture more like their eating habit.


About 5 months ago I got into this podcast, and am trying to catch up. I'm at Episode 60. (I expect it will take me until the end of the year to catch up.) But I wanted to say at this point that I am enjoying this series very much. I didn't know that I could be so captivated by this time-consuming (but wonderfully so) history of ancient Rome. Thank you. Well done!

Another Mike

I went on the second tour in May. It was great. They are well organised and Mike is a charming host/travel companion. Our group was a good mix of people (including, amazingly, a couple of people who hadn't heard the podcast at all!) You should all sign up and go, you won't regret it.


This is a great podcast


I'm a lot closer to Italy/Greece/Turkey than a lot of people, but I've got no time for going on the tours. I'll settle for the podcast.

Jo-Anne Gissing

Just love this podcast! I've been a big fan since Tiberius hit the Tiber. If you read this, Mike, I'd like you to know that you've inspired quite a history revival on one little farm in Tasmania. I've downloaded literally dozens of audiobooks, and I plug my ears in while I'm working around our place. Your weekly piece is the the clear standout though. And Mike, I will be in Europe in late May to early June. Great time for another tour, don't you think?

Cheers, Jo-Anne


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