All Episodes

All Podcast Episodes:

  • Real Life Romance from the Fall of Rome: Ataulf x Galla Placidia

    He was a fierce barbarian warlord—a man who had stood between his people and the Roman Empire since the sack of Rome. She was his prisoner and later his queen—a Roman Imperial princess with a core of iron strength. Born enemies, the love of Ataulf and Galla Placidia is marked by tragedy—but in its time, it burned hot enough to reshape an Empire. This is their story.

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  • Stuff Alaric Said

    On August 24, 410 AD, Alaric and the Visigoths sacked the city of Rome. Before he sacked it, he starved it. Before that, he went toe to toe with the Roman Empire for fifteen years—uniting disparate tribes, holding a people together, and achieving more against Rome than any barbarian leader before him. This is his story.

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  • War Elephants Part 2: Land Pirates of the Ancient World

    In this episode, the epic story of the elephant of war continues. Join noted elephant adventurers King Pyrrhus of Epirus (he of the Pyrrhic victory), Julius Caesar, Hannibal Barca, and Lady Trieu of Vietnam as they stomp their enemies into submission on the ancient battlefield.

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  • War Elephants Part 1: Alexander’s Immortals

    Few sights terrorized ancient armies more than that of a wall of elephants, tusks drenched in blood, bearing down on them in a killing frenzy. From the mighty armies of ancient India to the crack troops of Alexander the Great, all of them faced down weaponized elephants—and used them to crush their enemies.

    We call upon you now to bear witness to an epic story: that of the awesome and great-hearted elephant of war.

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  • Praetorian Guard, Part 2: Caligula & Friends

    In this episode, it’s Roman Emperors behaving badly–and Praetorian Prefects behaving even worse.

    Beginning with Caligula, Emperors were assaulted in their homes, killed with their families, dragged through the streets, and mutilated by angry mobs. At one point, the Praetorians even assassinated an Emperor, then auctioned off the Empire to the highest bidder.

    Find out just how bad it got. Get the show notes here.

  • Praetorian Guard, Part 1: The Beast in Your House

    The Praetorian Guard was the elite military unit tasked with protecting the Emperors of Rome–except when they held the assassin’s blade themselves. The Praetorians brought emperors low and raised them up; shaped the fate of the Empire and were eventually destroyed by it. This is their story.

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  • Child Emperors, Part 2: Lambs to the Slaughter

    Some of Rome’s child emperors became tyrants. Others were taken advantage of by stronger regents and family members–frequently with tragic results. In this episode, we’ll take a look at weaker child emperors who struggled to overcome the influence of power-hungry adults around them.

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  • Child Emperors, Part 1: Sharks in the Womb

    In ancient Rome, being made Emperor could be a death sentence. Experienced generals and statesmen lasted weeks or months sometimes. In some cases, children were raised to the role. What became of them? Part 1 of our series looks at two very different kinds of child tyrant: Elagabalus and Caracalla.

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  • How to Survive a Siege, Part 2: Gnaw Off Your Finger, Leave it On the Ground

    Did the Mongols really kill 1.3 million people in a single day? How does civilization devolve in a city under siege when the food runs out? What really went down during the sack of Troy–and what clues did ancient writers leave us? All of this–plus our best siege survival hacks from the ancient world.

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  • How to Survive a Siege, Part 1: Street Cleaners of Carthage

    How would you survive an ancient siege? We take a close look at the brutal siege of Carthage at the end of the Punic Wars–and give you a few tips and hacks for staying alive when the enemy has breached the gates.

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