TAW Wrap Party & Mike Duncan Interview

I just got clued into this recent Mike Duncan interview on Podcast 411, where he (very accurately!) relates the story of how The Ancient World podcast got started. Enjoy! http://podcast411.libsyn.com/411-i-tem-0228-mike-duncan-from-the-revolutions-and-the-history-of-rome-podcasts And here’s the scoop on the TAW Wrap Party: There’s a bar right down the […]

Episode 34 – Democracy and Republic, Part 2

“The Athenians, when ruled by tyrants, were no better in war than their neighbors, but freed from tyrants they were far superior.  This shows that when they were constrained they let themselves be defeated, since they were working for an overlord, but when they were […]

Episode 33 – Democracy and Republic, Part 1

“He added the Athenian people, who had formally not been in the center of things, to his own party, changed the names of the tribes and increased their number.  He made ten tribal commanders instead of four and distributed demes into the tribes ten at […]

Episode 32 – Things Fixed, Things Moving

“Black is your path, Agni, changeless, with glittering waves!  When like a bull you rush eager to the trees.With teeth of flame, wind-driven, through the wood he speeds, triumphant like a bull among the herd of cows,With bright strength roaming to the everlasting air: things […]

Episode 31 – Land of Imposters

“After I became king, I fought nineteen battles in a single year and, by the grace of Ahura Mazda, I overthrew nine kings and I made them captive…As to these provinces which revolted, lies made them revolt, so that they deceived the people.  Then Ahura […]

Upcoming Reddit IAMA!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to do an IAMA (“I am _____, ask me anything”) thread on Reddit.com.  As many TAW listeners probably know, Reddit is a major web community, with roughly 20 million users.  As an extra bonus, recent Reddit IAMAs have […]

Episode 29 – A More Perfect Empire

“Remember this lesson well:  Whenever you can, act as a liberator.  Freedom, dignity, and wealth—these three together constitute the great happiness of humanity.  If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.” – Cyrus the Great (quoted by Xenophon) […]