Synopsis: Juba accompanies Gaius Caesar on his Eastern expedition.
“Tigranes…marched forth with an army of such huge proportions that he actually laughed heartily at the appearance of the Romans present there. He is said to have remarked that, in cases where they came to make war, only a few presented themselves, but when it was an embassy, many came.” – Cassius Dio, Rome, Book 36
“Pompey…announced to his soldiers that Mithridates was dead…Upon this the army filled with joy and, as was natural, gave itself up to sacrifices and entertainments, feeling that in the person of Mithridates ten thousand enemies had died.” – Plutarch, The Life of Pompey
Map of the Near East c. 1 BC:
Near East Family Trees:
Triptychs for Episodes B1 through B21:
2 thoughts on “Episode B6 – Eurus”
I loved the last few episodes, but the first half of this one (all I've gotten through yet) is kind of a train wreck. Seriously, it's twenty minutes of names with little context or reason. Not ideal in an audio format, and baffling to list mithridates' second cousins once removed with no bearing on the story.
The family trees helped a bit, so long as one can sit down and state at them while listening (this is a podcast, mind), but still don't explain why they're important or help remember them all.
So I kept going, and it really is more than twenty minutes of literally dozens of names. I mean this as constructive criticism when I say, what was that? You read a few pages of an ancient phone book in which next to nothing happens. I like to think I'm fairly intelligent, but even I was getting frustrated. Frustration became mild anger when you cracked jokes about the tenth archileus (sp?) and how you could have skipped it all.
You *should* have skipped it all. Or told it In a way that made sense and had a purpose. i love ancient history, and I loved the story of Juba in earlier episodes. This episode was like a parody of the sort of history common people claim to hate, long dry lists of names.
Keep it in mind, and I genuinely thank you for what you do.