For a bunch of great reasons! First and foremost, I’ve just finished drafting Episode T10, which means I have four new episodes ready to produce. Finishing Episode T10 also gave me another piece of happy news, which is that I now believe I can reasonably estimate how long “The Ancient World – Thea” will run. At the moment, it’s looking like four additional episodes (i.e., through Episode T14) will complete the story of Cleopatra Thea and also give some additional space for a quick synopsis taking us up through either Pompey’s conquest or possibly even a bit farther (no spoilers!) But since I have a horrible track record estimating these things I’m giving myself some extra latitude, so we’ll say that “The Ancient World – Thea” will wrap somewhere between Episodes T14 and T16.
Either way, I’ve decided for the moment to stop drafting new episodes and move into production mode, which means you’ll be seeing Episode T7 appear over the next few weeks. I’m not giving a hard date quite yet (it depends on how the Fourth of July weekend goes) but mid-July is a pretty solid bet. You’ll then get Episodes T7 through T10 on the typical(?) bi-weekly schedule before I take another break to write the remaining episodes. And (another commitment) whether the series runs through Episode T14 or T16 you’ll get all the remaining episodes before the end of 2019!
Yet more excitement: Episode T7 will feature a return to the amazing story of the Parthians, Bactrians and Indo-Greeks, whom I last covered in Episode B24 of “The Ancient World – Bloodline.” The impetus this time is, of course, the emergence of the Parthian King Mithridates I onto the Seleucid scene, but it just so happens that major events in Parthia and Bactria take place in the timeframe of our story (c. 145 BC). I’m absolutely fixated on the Bactrian Kingdom and have been for quite a while now. I had a lot of fun researching and writing the episode and I hope you all enjoy it!
So, that’s the main news for the moment. In the meantime, maybe give Episodes T1 through T6 a quick re-listen to brush up on all the particulars. And, as always, please keep spreading the word to friends and (if you haven’t yet) rate the series on iTunes. I very much appreciate the support and look forward to sharing the rest of the story. Take care! – Scott C.