See What I Did There?

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.

Scott C.

18 thoughts on “See What I Did There?

  1. Scott,

    Thanks for the update and for all your efforts over the years. You have done a truly marvelous job. I’m a late comer to your series, but in the last year I have listened to all episodes. If you decide to write a book, I’ll definitely purchase it. In fact, if you would like help writing such a book, feel free to reach out (I’ve been helping people write books since the late 1990s, and I would LOVE to get involved in more history projects).

    Again, thanks for all your efforts. You’ve helped upgrade my appreciation of world history.

    Best regards,


    1. Hi Spencer! Thanks for the feedback & kind words, very glad you’ve enjoyed the podcast. And thanks for your kind offer. If I may ask, what’s the nature of your connection to the publishing industry? Are you a researcher, ghost writer, literary agent, etc.? Thanks again, and take care – Scott

  2. Scott, I am a developmental editor, which is a mix of project manager and hands-on editor. I think you have my email (I have to supply it in order to post here…but I do not know if you have access to it). Feel free to write to me directly if interested. I can provide much more information.–Spencer

    1. Thanks very much, and yes, I believe I have access to your e-mail. If I start working up anything that could benefit from your support, I’ll certainly reach out. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks, the ending was perfect.

    Watching this right now from the Oriental Institute on YouTube
    “Karen Radner | Assyrian Imperial Power and How to Oppose It”

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the feedback! I was hoping it might provide some good resonance, and also inform how Selene (II) got her name, which I never really touched on in Bloodline. I believe I may’ve seen that OI lecture, I’ve watched several but it’s been a while. Take care

  4. Want to thank you for covering such a tough topic.

    Many pods deal with Greece and Rome. But I love learning about the earlier people’s and the races that came up against the Greeks and Romans.

    I’m probably on my third go around all your series’ and enjoy the story you tell. You prove history is not a dry subject of names and dates, something a lot of school teachers forget

    Many thanks again for your great work.

    1. Hi Pierre! Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the kind words. I’m very glad you’re still enjoying all the series. What you said above is pretty much why I started doing this: the Greeks & Romans were covered pretty well, but there are so many other interesting ancient cultures to explore! Just to update you, I have a new one-off episode coming out tomorrow on the revolt of the Tanukh Queen Mavia, and I’m also researching a book I’m hoping to write on the Middle Bronze Age. So I’ll keep folks up updated on that effort. Take care, and thanks again! – Scott C.

  5. I just recently discovered your fascinating podcast—it deals with the subjects about which I’m always inquisitive, and addresses my repeated question: but who exactly were those people the Romans, the Greeks, the Hebrews, the Egyptians were dealing with? Thanks so much for helping to fill in so many gaps!

    Your always inquisitive listener and a big fan of your show,

    Joseph F.

    1. Hi Joseph! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, my intention has always been to shine a light on civilizations that don’t get as much attention as the Greeks and Romans, some of which also had hundreds or even thousands of years of history before the Greeks and Romans even came along! Glad you’re enjoying the podcast. New episode out tomorrow! Take care, Scott C.

  6. Hey Scott,

    I just found you through your twitter, and wanted to contact you there or via some sort of email but wasn’t able to find any way to reach you along those lines, so i’m leaving a comment here.

    I’m a hobbyist on Mesoamerican (Aztec, Maya, etc) history, and I have a rather large collection of images of recreations of architecture, clothing, street scenes, etc, as well as site maps, and photos of art pieces and artifacts as well as scans of manuscripts. These range from public domain/CC images to art from older out of print books or photos I took myself at exhibits (I also have lists of current, online artists who continue to make art and online museum collections).

    Since I saw you retweeting and posting that sort of content from European, Near-Eastern, African, etc societies, I was wondering if you would be interested in me shooting you over some of my stuff or having regular contact with me in case there was anything you were ever curious about I could send you images for or suggest general resources (books, scholarly papers, etc) for.

    If that’s something you’d be interested in, feel free to DM me on my twitter, which I put in the website field.


    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by. It sounds like we share similar interests. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’d need anything like what you’re offering in the foreseeable, but I appreciate the offer anyway. Thanks, and best of luck with everything! – Scott

  7. So sad Thea and Bloodlines have come to an end. Some episodes needed more than one session, to figure out who was whacking who.

    Thinking about the haul of Ptolemies-era sarcophagi recently discovered at Saqqara, am wondering if any of our protagonisti may be there? Chickpea?

    1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I know – some of my episodes are pretty dense. But it’s a good way to inspire people to listen multiple times 😉 I just watched the Netflix special about the Saqqara finds – very interesting! Would love to find more Ptolemaic-era tombs. Take care! – Scott C.

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