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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty: Manzikert
<p>Disloyalty and bad planning lead to disaster.</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Nine: Descent into Chaos
<p>The great Macedonian Dynasty comes to an end. The Empire begins its final spiral into nothingness.</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Eight: Zoe takes a Husband, or Two, or Three!
<p>Basil’s death begins a steep decline. If you want to be emperor then marry Zoe!</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Seven: The Bulgar Slayer
<p>Basil II finally has time to give his full attention to the Bulgars. It’s not pretty!</p>
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Back on Easter Sunday
<p>The podcast will be back on Sunday 16th April.</p>
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Back in April
<p>Many apologies but I have a lot on at the moment.  I will be back in April.</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Six: Planning for Greatness
<p>Basil II takes control of his empire, finally dispatching the pesky Bardases! And then he plans… a lot.</p>
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Chapter 125: Brilliance, Battles and Bardases
<p>The Empire is still on the rise despite the meddling of two men called Bardas!</p>
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Happy Christmas
<p>Have a great holiday, with the correct audio file this time!</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Four: White Death of the Saracens
<p>Romanus II succeeds his father but is partied out before too long.  Romanus’s loss is the Empire’s gain.</p>
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Important Announcement
<p>An important announcement about Christmas scheduling and my new recording technology.</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Three: The Unusual Usurper
<p>Having taken the place of his own son-in-law as senior emperor Romanus Lecapenus begins ro rule. He does a surprisingly good job. Shame about his sons!</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Two: Born to the Purple
<p>Leo the Wise finally solves his marriage problem and has the legitimate heir he’s always wanted. Then he dies too early!</p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty One: Too Many Wives for Leo the Wise
<p>Trying to produce a son can be a challenging activity.  Just ask Leo! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty: The Rise of the Macedonians
<p>Michael III is known to history as Michael the Drunkard. While this may have some truth, it is mostly slander - perpetrated by a certain Basil the Macedonian. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Nineteen: Empire of Gold
<p>Christmas Day dawns and Leo V is a troubled man. By the end of it he would be a dead one. The Empire, though, is soon rolling in cash. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Eighteen: Crumbs, It’s Krum
<p>The Khagan of the Bulgars proves to be more than a match for Nicephorus. Meanwhile the hermit’s prophecy begins to come true! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Seventeen: Irene and Charlemagne
<p>Leo IV could have been a good emperor but didn’t get the chance. Unfortunately his wife did! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Sixteen: Back in the West Part One
<p>What’s been happening in the west in the 300 years since Rome fell? Time to find out! </p>
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Announcing a new ebook
<p>My new ebook: Legends of King Arthur and His Knights is now available on all Amazon stores.  The ASIN code is B01I8IB7J8. </p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I8IB7J8">https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I8IB7J8</a> for the UK</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8IB7J8">https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8IB7J8</a> in the US </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Fifteen: That is a Statue, not God!
<p>After decades of turmoil a strong emperor finally assumes the purple. His reign may have been good news for the people but it was bad news for icons! And as for his son…. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Fourteen: The Return of Slit Nose
<p>The Empire realises, far too late, that exile is not enough for a deposed hated emperor….. he just might come back! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Thirteen: Greek Fire
<p>Is there finally some light? Maybe. Bring on a vigorous young emperor and a brand new weapon! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: The Last Great Augustus
<p>Heraclius completes his mission against the Persians. Has he done enough? </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: the Rise of Islam
<p>A huge welcome to Elias Belhaddad who will take us through the rise of a new force.  The world will never be the same again! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Ten: A Greco Roman Hero
<p>Phocas’s reign comes to an end in a brutal manner. His successor proves to be just what the Empire needs. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Nine: And You Thought Caracalla was Cruel!
<p>The Empire successfully keeps its enemies at bay for more than 20 years. And then…? </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Eight: Justinian the Great
<p>Justinian was certainly a great man; a man of drive, vision and courage. His achievements were many… but at what cost? </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Seven: Power and Glory
<p>Justinian sends his best general, the great Belisarius, to North Africa to evict the Vandals. If successful he will plough on and have a go at the big one: the reconquest of Rome. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Six: Nika, Nika Nika, Win, Win, Win
<p>Justin is the Emperor but he’s not really in charge. His nephew, Peter Sabbatius, gains a new name and a lot of power. Not only that, Peter has the ambition and drive to exercise his power. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Five: Why did Rome Fall?
<p>The Eastern Empire is healthy and flourishing but the Western Empire is gone. It’s time to reflect on the reasons why. </p>
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Merry Christmas to You All
<p>Have a great holiday! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Four: Picking up the Pieces
<p>The fact that the Roman Empire used to contain a city called Rome quickly becomes a distant memory. Constantinople has its own problems. Stability is provided by an old man who proves that age is no barrier to imperial success. </p>
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So… what next?
<p>Rome may have fallen but it’s not taking this podcast with it. The Eastern Empire is still going strong but will undergo major changes, making our histories of Greece and Rome merge into one. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Three: A Farewell to Rome
<p>And so Rome falls. The inevitability is clear but the shock is still remarkable. On the other hand life continues as normal. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and Two: It’s all Gone Horribly Wrong
<p>Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Barbarian generals and emperors battle for control of the Empire while other barbarians annex large parts of it. The countdown towards the fall of Rome gathers pace. </p>
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Chapter One Hundred and One: The Pope and the Hun
<p>And so we reach the beginning of the end. The signs have been there since the death of Theodosius the Great but now everyone can see them, including a certain very famous barbarian king! </p>
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Chapter One Hundred: Vandalism
<p>It is the turn of Carthage to get a good sacking and this time the perpetrators are so efficient that they had the whole concept named after them! Worse than that, the ancient city is lost to the Empire as it is occupied by the barbarians. </p>
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Chapter Ninety Nine: A Terrible Rumour has come from the West
<p>…but it’s not just a rumour.  The unthinkable has happened. </p>
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Chapter Ninety Eight: United for the Last Time
<p>The fall-out from Adrianople is severe and long lasting; too much for a teenager. Fortunately Gratian has a plan. </p>
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Bonus Episode: History Collage
<p>Please support the History Podcasters’ History Collage project.  </p>
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Chapter Ninety Seven: Anger and Adrianople
<p>Abbritus was bad. This was so so much worse. </p>
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Chapter Ninety Six: The Pagan
<p>Julian the Apostate. Julian the Hero or Julian the over-rated chancer? Brave or stupid? I know what I think! </p>
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Chapter Ninety Five: Constantine’s Boys
<p>The three surviving sons of Constantine the Great take over stewardship of the Roman Empire. Only one of them shows any semblance of being a chip off the old block! </p>
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Chapter Ninety Four: A New Capital
<p>Constantine the Great is one of the few people in history who genuinely changed the world. His achievements are many and varied but he also had a dark side! </p>
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Chapter Ninety Three: Christianity and Rome; the First 300 Years
<p>Christianity and the Roman Empire are inextricably linked. Before Constantine, though, the relationship had been a bit rocky.In this chapter we look at the early interactions between the Empire and the Christians.</p> <p> </p>
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Chapter Ninety Two: Cabbages and Kings
<p>The Tetrarchy was a lovely idea. It worked so very well when Diocletian was in charge. When he was gone, though, self interest trumped duty. Civil wars ensued: lots of them. </p>
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Chapter Ninety One: Diocletian and Friends
<p>The Tetrarchy: one man’s attempt to create an entirely new, entirely workable system. It worked…until he was gone. </p>
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Bonus Episode: History Connections
<p>I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it. All feedback very gratefully received. </p>
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Chapter Ninety: A Problem Shared is a Problem Quartered
<p>Diocletian shows the Empire how it’s done. At last, the crisis is over. </p>
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Chapter Eighty Nine: Soon We Won’t Need an Army
<p>Stupidity reigns in a resurgent Empire. Senior officers in the army, seemingly not content with the dramatic improvement, proceed to shoot Rome in the foot… twice! </p>
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Chapter Eighty Eight: The Unconquered Restorer of the World
<p>One man, five years, unlimited success! </p>
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Chapter Eighty Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
<p>Gallienus tries and tries until the army have had enough of him. The man who follows him then has some instant success! </p>
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Chapter Eighty Six: One Empire, Two Empires, Three Empires
<p>If you thought Decius’s fate was bad then wait until you hear what happens to Valerian. Gallienus battles on against overwhelming odds after his father is removed from the equation. </p>
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Chapter Eighty Five: Swamped
<p>The Goths arrive in Roman territory and cause havoc. Decius takes them on in battle. The result is complete disaster. </p>
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Chapter Eighty Four: Barbarians
<p>Incursions by barbarian tribes had been a constant but manageable irritation to the Romans before the current crisis. Some new ones, though, are about to get a whole lot more troublesome. </p>
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Chapter Eighty Three: The Enemies Awake
<p>The Sassanids recognise that the Empire is in chaos and take the opportunity to attack. Gordian III travels east to see the finale but then bad things happen. </p>
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Chapter Eighty Two: The Year of the Six Emperors
<p>Chaos reigns…as do six emperors in the space of a few months! </p>
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Bonus Episode: The Severan Julias
<p>From the History Collage show on historypodcasters.com, a look at the four Julias who helped rule the Empire during the Severan years. </p>
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Chapter Eighty One: Romans Being Clever - Part Two
<p>It’s time to celebrate the great literary achievements of the Romans. And, by the way, Merry Christmas to you all. </p>
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Chapter Eighty: The Tragedy of the Last Severan
<p>Alexander Severus was a very nice young man. His mother was politically astute and determined that her son would be an excellent emperor. If only the times had been different. </p>
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Chapter Seventy Nine: More Useless Sons
<p>Marcus Aurelius had a son who ruined the good work of the dynasty. Septimius Severus had TWO sons. They were no better! </p>
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Chapter Seventy Eight: Famous Last Words
<p>Lucius Septimius Severus was energetic, capable and focussed on running a fair and stable empire. Unfortunately he was also rather too keen on warfare and totally incapable of managing his highly dysfunctional family! </p>
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Chapter Seventy Seven: The Highest Bidder… Severed
<p>In the year 193AD five men separately lay claim to the top job in Rome.  After the best candidate is treacherously let down by the Praetorian Guard, the next man buys the throne from them.  The Praetorians, though, are about to discover that their luck has run out! </p>
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Chapter Seventy Six: And You Thought Caligula was Nuts!
<p>Poor Marcus Aurelius. Having spent most of his reign fighting the barbarians he dies when the job is just about complete… and his primary legacy is his unhinged son! </p>
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Chapter Seventy Five: Romans Being Clever, Part One
<p>Bridges aqueducts, concrete and a new calendar! </p>
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Chapter Seventy Four: ‘The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius’
<p>“Don’t waste time wondering what a good man is: be one.” Marcus Aurelius’s thoughts on how to live virtuously have stood the test of time. </p>
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Chapter Seventy Three: Parthians, Plague and Philosophy
<p>Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus bring their very different approaches to being emperors. It is surprisingly successful partnership. And then one of them dies! </p>
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eBook Announcement
<p>Announcing the new ‘History of Ancient Greece’ eBook </p>
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Chapter Seventy Two: The Empire at Peace
<p>The Golden Age of Rome! Hadrian ensures that the Empire will in safe hands for another forty years. </p>
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Chapter Seventy One: Travels and Walls
<p>Trajan’s successor could not be more different from the great man. In his own way, though, he turns out to be just as impressive. </p>
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One Million Downloads
<p>The Myths and History of Greece and Rome has achieved a million downloads. Thanks to everyone for listening! </p>
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Chapter Seventy: Optimus
<p>Simply the best! </p>
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Chapter Sixty Nine: The Perils of the Perfectionist
<p>There is nothing worse than a micromanager, even if his intentions are good… except an increasingly paranoid micromanager. </p>
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Chapter Sixty Eight: Two Good Flavians and One Big Bang
<p>Vespasian and his son get to grips with running a huge Empire. Meanwhile Mount Vesuvius gets to grips with the Bay of Naples and a couple of towns which are now very famous indeed. </p>
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Chapter Sixty Seven: The Year of the Four Emperors
<p>In 69AD four different men held the highest office in the Roman world… and they weren’t sharing!! </p>
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Chapter Sixty Six: From Hero to Nero
<p>Power is dangerous in the hands of the very young. The sixteen year-old Nero is given absolute power. Oh dear! </p>
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Chapter Sixty Five: Uncle Claudius
<p>Things get a bit weird as the most unlikely candidate becomes emperor. The strangeness continues as he does a surprisingly good job. Shame about the wife, though! </p>
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Chapter Sixty Four: Mr Grumpy and Mr Crazy!
<p>The seamless transition is exactly that: seamless! The personal foibles of Augustus’s successors, though, make for interesting times!</p>
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Chapter Sixty Three: The Julio-Claudians
<p>The succession has been on Augustus’s mind from early in his tenure as emperor. Death, misfortune and exile intervene repeatedly as he has to modify his thinking over and over again.</p>
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Chapter Sixty Two: The First Emperor
<p>Octavian’s political skills dovetail beautifully with the practical and organisation skills of Marcus Agrippa. Bye bye Republic; hello Emperor Augustus Caesar! </p>
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Chapter Sixty One: Antony and Cleopatra
<p>Who will come out on top? Will it be Caesar’s right hand man or Caesar’s adopted heir? And what part will the Eastern Queen play? </p>
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Chapter Sixty: Et Tu Brute
<p>They’re all there: Et tu Brute; I came, I saw I, conquered, etc etc. Julius Caesar rises like a supernova and then disappears with a bang. </p>
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Chapter Fifty Nine: And Then There Was One
<p>The very foundations of the Republic are shaken by three more men: one in particular! </p>
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Chapter Fifty Eight: Ten Men Who Destroyed the Republic
<p>The Republic worked when Rome was small and manageable. The conquest of vast tracts of territory, glorious though it was, brought with it hidden dangers. Great men rose and the Republic was too constraining… so they broke it! </p>
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Chapter Fifty Seven: Hannibal
<p>The Romans come up against their most formidable opponent yet. The Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca proves to be more than a thorn in their side for many years. Being Romans, though, they learn and adapt and eventually destroy the ancient empire of Carthage. </p>
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Chapter Fifty Six: Myth Becomes History
<p>The Roman Republic is founded but its early years are still the stuff of legend. Only after the Gauls sack Rome are we really able to talk about Roman history. </p>
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Chapter Fifty Five: The Seven Kings of Rome
<p>Time to meet Romulus and his successors.  The foundation of Rome and the following 250 years are the mythical basis of that great civilisation.  The stories may not be true but they say a lot about the character of Rome and of its people. </p>
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Introducing the History Collage and Scheduling Announcement
<p>The History Collage is a project produced by a group of history podcasters.  Each episode has a theme and is made up of short, no longer than nine minute, articles on the topic.  The current theme is ‘Unsung Heroes’.  You can hear about my unsung hero on part two of the podcast which was released on 20th November 2013.  Give it a listen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.historypodcasters.com/">www.historypodcasters.com</a></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/history-podcasters-podcast/id741485933?mt=2">https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/history-podcasters-podcast/id741485933?mt=2</a></p>
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Chapter Fifty Four: The Wrath of Venus
<p>Introducing Cupid and Psyche from a Roman perspective.  Also we tell two other tales from Roman Mythology in which Venus plays a prominent role. </p>
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Chapter Fifty Three: Love and Death
<p>Not a happy ending in sight as we follow three more tragic tales.  Expect plenty of divine interference and a fair amount of drowning!</p>
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Chapter Fifty Two: Tales from Ovid
<p>Three tales from the Roman poet Ovid’s unique take on Greek mythology. </p>
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Chapter Fifty One: The Gods of Rome
<p>A quick look at the similarities and differences between the Greek and Roman pantheons. </p>
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What Next?
<p>A quick update on the future of this podcast. </p>


Chapter Fifty: Two Thousand Years Later
<p>An epilogue: How Greece emerged from Roman rule and then fell to the Turks before rebelling and forming the modern country which exists today. </p>
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Chapter Forty Nine: Greeks Being Clever - Part Three
<p>More Greek philosophers. Introducing the Cynics, the Stoics, and the man who lived in a barrel.</p>
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Chapter Forty Eight: Perseus and Pydna
<p>Greek independence comes to an end.  The last king of Macedon does his best but when there are Romans around there is only going to be one outcome. </p>
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Chapter Forty Seven: One More Philip; One More Chance
<p>Philip V of Macedon does his best but he’s only delaying the inevitable. The Romans are only getting stronger and the days of independence for the Greeks are numbered. </p>
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Chapter Forty Six: The Cloud Rising in the West
<p>It’s finally time to introduce the people who will finally and Greek independence. The city of Rome has risen from being an unnoticed backwater to a major regional power. </p>
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Chapter Forty Five: Greeks Being Clever - Part Two
<p>A brief look at some famous Greek mathematicians and their groundbreaking discoveries. There are some links on the website to helpful diagrams! </p>
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Chapter Forty Four: Some Things Never Change
<p>We concentrate now on the Greek and Macedonian part of Alexander’s fractured empire.  The Antigonids do their best to hold things together while the cities fight amongst themselves (again!) </p>
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Chapter Forty Three: To The Strongest
<p>Hold on tight everyone as this is a bit of a rollercoaster of a chapter.  Alexander’s generals spend forty years fighting over his legacy! </p>
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Chapter Forty Two: The Greatest Commander of Them All
<p>Alexander the Great.  A man who really lives up to his billing… even if he’s a bit crazy too! </p>
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Chapter Forty One: Achilles and the Knot
<p>The King of Macedon goes about executing his plans but comes up against a bit of an issue: his own death!  His successor, though, is just marvellous. </p>
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Chapter Forty: Greeks Being Clever - Part One
<p>In a quick detour we take a brief look at philosophy in Ancient Greece. We barely scratch the surface but there is plenty of information out there for those who want to dig a bit deeper! </p>
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Chapter Thirty Nine: Here Come the Macedonians
<p>With Greece in disarray, brought to its knees by constant internal warfare, the time is ripe for a confident, clever and determined conqueror to take advantage. Enter Philip II of Macedon. </p>
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Chapter Thirty Eight: Greece Implodes
<p>The title of the chapter says it all. More infighting results in all of the poleis becoming weaker and the city state culture beginning to collapse. </p>
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Chapter Thirty Seven: The Small Things that Change History
<p>Athens and Sparta have knocked the stuffing out of each other for years. Two men from another city, helped by a fair amount of luck, take advantage. </p>
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Chapter Thirty Six: The Talker and the Sailor
<p>Two men take centre stage in the battles between Athens and Sparta. And everyone gets weaker. Again! </p>
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Chapter Thirty Five: The Enemy at Home
<p>Athens and Sparta fight to a standstill. One of them comes out on top but they are both weakened. Neither learns the lesson they so need to learn! </p>
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Sound Quality
<p>I have been informed of a slight problem with the sound quality on some recent episodes. I have found the cause and will be re-recording the affected ones. </p>
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Chapter Thirty Four: League Champions
<p>With the Persians defeated it is time for the Greeks to band together to increase their power. Unfortunately they don’t. Both Athens and Sparta form alliances with other local cities but exclude each other. Athens particularly goes a bit too far! </p>
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Chapter Thirty Three: The Enemy Abroad
<p>At last, the Greeks band together to defeat an external enemy. The Persians are coming! </p>
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Chapter Thirty Two: Athens
<p>We’ve done Sparta. Now Athens takes centre stage. The largest and most cultured of the Greek poleis became the centre of the Greek world and, a few detours excepted, remains so today. </p>
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Chapter Thirty One: Sparta
<p>Sparta was a very important city in Archaic Greece. Not only that it was a very strange one. In this chapter we find out why! </p>
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Chapter Thirty: Men of the Polis
<p>As Greece drags itself from the Dark Ages an entirely new kind of society emerges. The city states which would dominate the Greek world for the next few hundred years rise and the citizen populations try to work out how to govern themselves. A few interesting characters get a taste of power! </p>
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Chapter Twenty Nine: Dark Ages
<p>The Mycenaean civilisation fell and nothing much rose to replace it. In this chapter we look at why it fell and why the following few hundred years are known as the Greek Dark Ages. </p>
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Chapter Twenty Eight: The Face of Agamemnon
<p>Did the Trojan War actually happen? Was it a real event or just mythological? In this chapter we assess the evidence from archaeology, from Homer and from the records of other civilisations. </p>
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Chapter Twenty Seven: In the Beginning (Again)
<p>Ancient Greek history began a very long time ago! In this first history chapter we look at the pre-history of Greece and at the bronze age peoples that populated the area. Step forward the Minoans and the Mycenaeans!</p>
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Introduction to the History of Ancient Greece
<p>A brief introduction to our journey through Ancient Greek history.</p>
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The History of Ancient Greece
<p>It’s history time now! </p>
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Chapter Twenty Six: No More Heroes
<p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-family:Tahoma;">The adventures of Odysseus and Aeneas come to an end.  We see what happens when Odysseus finally arrives home and find out whether Aeneas’s city ever gets built!  The age of heroes is over.</span></span> </p>
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Chapter Twenty Five: Journeys
<p>Poor old Odysseus. The creator of the Wooden Horse knew he wasn’t destined to get home for ten years but he never imagined quite how horrible the journey would be. On the way he loses ships and men, meets a scary one-eyed giant and has to choose between Scylla and Charybdis. Will he ever see his beloved Ithaca again?</p> <p> </p>
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Chapter Twenty Four: A Happy Homecoming… for Some!
<p>The Trojan War is over. Troy is gone, destroyed by the marauding Greek army and all of its leaders, except one, are dead. The weary Greek heroes make their various ways home. Some of them don’t get the welcome they expected!</p>
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Chapter Twenty Three: An Unwanted Gift
<p>At last everything is in place for the Greeks to take Troy. It is not all plain sailing, though; it takes trickery and cunning to complete the quest. Fortunately, in Odysseus, the Greeks have the trickiest and most cunning of all the heroes. Odysseus does not disappoint! </p>
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Schedule Update and eBook
<p>A quick update on the podcast schedule and an eBook announcement!</p>
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Chapter Twenty Two: The Last Trojan Hero
<p>At last, Hector and Achilles finally meet in battle. One of them dies and the other revels in his glorious victory. Sadly, for him, the victor doesn’t have much time left to enjoy it. </p>
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Chapter Twenty One: Wrath, Rage and Recklessness
<p>Wrathful Achilles may be sitting on the sidelines sulking but the war rages on. Man mountain Ajax takes on the mighty Hector in single combat. Diomedes and Odysseus capture a Trojan spy and Agamemnon is injured in the fighting. When one particular Greek is killed, though, wrath turns to rage.</p>
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Chapter Twenty: Nine Long Long Long Long Years
<p>Unfortunately, for the Greeks, Kalchas is proved to be correct. The poor heroes struggle to get to Troy and then have to wait nine years before the real fighting starts. A couple of the warriors are lost and then Agamemnon upsets his best fighter. It doesn’t bode well! </p>
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Chapter Nineteen: The Judgement of Paris
<p>All the prophecies start coming true as the Apple of Discord does its work. An inevitable chain of events leads to the launching of a magnificent fleet carrying the greatest army of the mythological world. The heroes of Greece are on their way to Troy! </p>
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Chapter Eighteen: The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
<p>The story of the Trojan War is one of the most famous and exciting of the Greek myths. It is a tale full of friendship, treachery, love, revenge, tragedy and death. This is the first of nine chapters which will tell the whole story of the build up to the war, the war itself and what happened to the survivors. In it we meet some of the important characters and hear about the wedding at which the seeds of the war were sown. </p>
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Get Ready for the Trojan War!
<p>We have reached what is, for me, the most exciting part of our journey through Greek mythology. Later this week we will begin the tale of the Trojan War. Paris, Helen, Achilles, Odysseus and the rest are names familiar to people in most of the world and their story is both heroic and tragic. Look forward to an action-packed nine chapters!</p>
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Chapter Seventeen: A Hero’s Work is Never Done
<p>The story of Heracles draws to a close. We hear how he completes his final labour and then goes off on a spree of revenge before meeting a sticky end! </p>
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Chapter Sixteen: The Other Six Labours of Heracles
<p>He’s done the easy ones! Now it’s time for the greatest hero of them all to get down to some really difficult tasks. As he goes about his last six labours Heracles drops in on the city of Troy and meets a couple of the Titans!</p>
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Chapter Fifteen: The Six Labours of Heracles
<p>At last, it’s time to begin the story of the greatest hero of them all. First we hear about the early life of Heracles, known to the Romans as Hercules. Everyone knows about the twelve labours he performed, though he was originally only set ten! We find out what causes him to have to perform his labours and we follow him as he sets out to complete them. </p>
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Chapter Fourteen: The Myths of Thebes
<p>A chapter all about the goings on in the city of Thebes. We hear about the city’s foundation and how it came to be ruled by one of the most unfortunate men in Greek mythology. We also solve the Riddle of the Sphynx!</p>
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Chapter Thirteen: Bull Man and Bird Man
<p>In this chapter we complete the tale of Theseus. We see him reach the height of his heroism and then fall from grace. We will also hear about one of the most famous incidents in Greek myth, commemorated by artists as different as Breughel and Iron Maiden: the flight of Icarus. </p>
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Chapter Twelve: The Labyrinth
<p>It’s time to begin the story of King Minos and the terrifying Minotaur. We will hear about the building of the labyrinth in which the beast was imprisoned. We will also meet the hero Theseus and have a good laugh at his interesting journey to Athens. </p>
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Chapter Eleven: Heroes and Villains
<p>It’s time for the story of the king who turned everything to gold simply by touching it. No trip through the myths of Greece would be complete without it. We will also hear about Meleagros of Kalydon and the great hunter Atalanta and we will finish with the sad tale of the young man who fell in love with his own reflection. </p>
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Chapter Ten: Jason and the Golden Fleece
<p>This week we complete the story of Jason and the Argonauts. We meet the most scheming woman in Greek mythology and watch as she first helps Jason and then turns against him. </p>
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Chapter Nine: Voyage of the Argo
<p>The first part of the story of Jason and the Argonauts. We hear how the Golden Fleece came to be where it was and why Jason was sent to find it. We follow the Argonauts on their long sea journey to the land of Kolchis. </p>
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Chapter Eight: More Men, Mortality and Meddling
<p>In this chapter we hear the bloodthirsty story of the family of Pelops, including an unusual chariot race and a bitter feud. Zeus is up to his usual tricks and a few more of his children are hatched (and yes… I do mean hatched!) </p>
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Chapter Seven: Bring me the Head of the Gorgon Medusa
<p>This week we hear the story of the first of the great mythical heroes of Greece. Perseus is sent by an evil king to kill Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon. He does not find it easy! </p>
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Chapter Six: Men, Mortality and Meddling
<p>It’s time for us to meet some of the early mortal men and women and see how the gods interfered in their lives. We will find out about the births of two of great heroes of Greek mythology.</p>
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Chapter Five: The Domain of the Dead
<p>A journey into the murky depths of the Underworld where Hades, King of the Dead, rules.  Here we meet the inhabitants of Tartaros forever destined to do pointless tasks as punishments for their actions while they were alive.</p>
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Chapter Four: Tales of the Immortals
<p>In this chapter we meet the rest of the great Olympians. In doing so we find out about some of more unpleasant gods and their equally nasty children! Ares and his kids are particular favourites of mine. </p>
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Chapter Three: Olympians
<p>This week we meet the rest of the children of Kronos and a couple of the other Olympians. Look out for the story of Poseidon’s persuasive dolphin and the tale of poor Persephone. </p>
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Chapter Two: Clash of the Titans
<p>The fun really starts here! Zeus and his brothers and sisters fight against Kronos and the Titans over who will rule the heavens and the Earth. Only one side can come out on top. Which one will it be? </p>
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Chapter One: In the Beginning
<p>The frst chapter of our story introduces Gaia, the Earth and Ouranos, the Sky. We hear the Greek creation myth and meet the Titans and some hideous monsters!</p>
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Introduction
<p>This first podcast is an introduction to the wonders of Ancient Greek mythology and history. It contains a brief summary of what I will cover in the coming fifty chapters! I hope you enjoy it. </p>
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Welcome
<p><span style="font-family:tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">Welcome to the Myths and History of Greece podcast; a journey through the myths and history of Ancient Greece for children aged ten and over. Hopefully adults will enjoy it too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">I hope you enjoy the podcast. I would be very grateful for any feedback.</span> </p>
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