Hopefully long-time listeners of The Ancient World found the ending of “The Ancient World – Thea” rewarding, since it takes things right up to the very first episode of “The Ancient World – Bloodline.” For those newer to the podcast, “The Ancient World – Bloodline” starts with Cleopatra Selene (II), the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and follows her life and those of her descendants over the next 10 generations up through the mid-3rd century AD – including the Roman Empress Julia Domna and the Roman Emperors Caracalla, Geta, Elagabalus and Severus Alexander. If you haven’t listened to the “Bloodline” series yet, please check out Episode B1 – “Triumph.”
On top of that, if you listen to “The Ancient World,” then “The Ancient World – Thea,” and finally “The Ancient World – Bloodline” in a continuous string, you’ll get a (Near Eastern-centric) history of the world going all the way from 3,200 BC to the 3rd century AD. With the caveat that I totally glossed over the critical period from 500 BC through 312 BC. Which was partly intentional and partly accidental, but mainly because the period is (and/or will be) covered in several other great history podcasts, including The History of Rome, the History of Ancient Greece, the Hellenistic World, the History of Egypt and the History of Persia. (Again, those are just the ones with significant Near Eastern content.) And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out “The Ancient World – Rediscovery”, which helped to round out the original series.
Moving forward, I have an idea for another series, but it’ll be a significant effort to pull together. And I think of decided that, if I take it on, I’d like to do it in coordination with writing a book on the same topic. So we’ll see how things proceed with that. In the meantime, I’ll be popping up occasionally with one-off or 2-part episodes on various topics (under the “The Ancient World – Spotlight” banner) whenever the mood strikes, but likely no new series for a while. So please stay subscribed to keep getting those “occasional” episodes.
Thanks again for all your wonderful support and feedback down through the years, it really means a lot. And thanks for helping to spread the word. Take care, be safe and best of luck over the next (likely difficult) few months.