History of the World podcast

By Chris Hasler

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Adam
 Oct 22, 2020
Great podcast that takes a layman chronologically through world history, tells and explains the story, how the story was discovered, how sure are we of all of it, and does it in a clear and entertaining way.


 Mar 14, 2020

Rick
 Aug 14, 2019
Great podcast for an overview survey of world history. I like the 30 min chunks for my commute.

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This is the History of the World podcast!!! The incredible story of the human history of the world. Come and join us on this incredible journey!

Episode Date
Vol 3 Ep 46 - Ancient Rome: The Severan Dynasty
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193 - 222 - There were Five Good Emperors and then there seemed to be none.  Just how did the quality of the Princeps decline so dramatically and what pressures were responsible for making it happen?

Nov 22, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 45 - Ancient Rome: The Five Good Emperors
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98 - 192 - The Pax Romana continues and tells a story of Roman stability through the second century.  Gone are the egotistical megalomaniac emperors from the first century, or are they?

Nov 15, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 44 - EVENT - The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius ( Pompeii )
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79 - The Romans could not have ever known the catastrophe that suddenly destroyed all civilisation around the Gulf of Naples in less that 24 hours.

Nov 08, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 43 - Ancient Rome: The Flavian Dynasty
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68 - 98 - The Year of the Four Emperors came out of the chaos of the reign of Nero.  Find out how Vespasian managed to steady the Roman ship and whether his two sons would be able to continue his good work in the aftermath.

Nov 01, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 42 - Ancient Rome: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
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14 - 68 - Although we covered the life and reign of Augustus in previous episodes, we can now explore the reigns of emperors 2, 3, 4 and 5 as we find out more about the unpredictability of Rome deciding to go back to a monarchical constitution in order to regulate the powerful Roman Senate.

Oct 25, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 41 - Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire
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509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.
Oct 18, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 40 - PROFILE - Cleopatra
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69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?

Oct 11, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 39 - BATTLE - The Battle of Actium ( 31 BCE )
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31 BCE - The Second Triumvirate had fallen apart and once again the place of conflict would be Greece.  An incredible naval battle with an unusual ending as Mark Antony and Octavian come to blows about the legacy of Julius Caesar and who would be at the forefront of its promotion.

Oct 04, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 38 - The Beginning of the Roman Empire ( Augustus )
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44 BCE - 14 CE - Rome recovers after the death of Julius Caesar, and the constitution of Rome would change for good.  One man emerges from all others to become the most trusted leader of the entire Roman Republic.

Sep 27, 2020
Unscripted (19) ( Trepanning )
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We continue our short break from the narative by exploring the grim and sinister act of trepanation which explores the widely practised act of boring a hole in the human skull as we try to understand the reasons behind this high risk procedure.

Sep 20, 2020
Unscripted (18) ( The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World )
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An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.

Sep 13, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 37 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part Two
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60 - 44 BCE - The continuation of Caesar's story covering the First Triumvirate, The Gallic Wars and Caesar's Civil War.  Rome could never be the same again.
Sep 06, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 36 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part One
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100 - 60 BCE - The story of the chaotic Roman world that Caesar was born into, and what it would take for a charismatic and talented young man with connections to climb the political ladder of the Republic.

Aug 30, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 35 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zela ( 47 BCE )
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47 BCE - Veni, vidi, vici.  Julius Caesar was short handed when he felt obliged to deal with the Pontic problem.  Discover how Pontus still caused headaches for the Romans, even after the reign and lifetime of the great Mithridates VI.

Aug 23, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 34 - BATTLE - The Battle of Alesia ( 52 BCE )
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52 BCE - The Battle of Alesia is the story of a siege under siege.  We meet Julius Caesar, who had the Gallic confederation in a precarious spot.  The Gallic leader, Vercingetorix, was entrusted to defend Alesia.  This battle was historically signifant as this was a pivotal part of the wider Gallic Wars between Rome and Gaul.

Aug 16, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 33 - BATTLE - The Battle of Carrhae ( 53 BCE )
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53 BCE - The first major encounter between the Romans and the Parthians involved the mighty Roman army taking on an extremely unusual army.  It was an army with absolutely no infantry.  Find out what Crassus would do to deal with this unique threat.

Aug 09, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 32 - BATTLE - The Battle of Mount Vesuvius ( 73 BCE ) ( Spartacus )
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73 BCE - The story of the first acts of rebellion by the group of slaves involving Spartacus.  It would be one thing for a few dozen gladiators escaping captivity, but how did this become a problem of national significance?

Aug 02, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 31 - Ancient Rome: The Late Roman Republic ( The First Triumvirate )
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146 - 44 BCE - The story of the Optimates and the Populares and the characters who witnessed Rome's gradual decline from its being the most powerful entity in the world to a republic fragmented by civil strife, and introducing the incredible life of Julius Caesar.

Jul 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 30 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zama ( 202 BCE )
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202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us.  Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.

Jul 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 29 - BATTLE - The Battle of Cannae ( 216 BCE )
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216 BCE - If crossing the Alps with 37 elephants wasn't enough to impress you, then what Hannibal achieved at Cannae just a couple of years later defies belief on the deadliest day in the history of Europe before this battle.

Jul 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 28 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part Two
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221 - 146 BCE - The incredible story of how Hannibal crossed the Alps with tens of thousands of men and a number of war elephants and penetrated the lands of the Romans in such a way that Rome's very existence was under threat.  Who won the war and what was the ultimate consequence?

Jul 05, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 27 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part One
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264 - 219 BCE - After King Pyrrhus of Epirus left modern Italian lands, much tension existed between the societies and the eventual escalation led to the First Punic War centred in and around the island of Sicily.  See what happens to the economies of two mighty powerhouses when each of them refuses to back down.

Jun 28, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 26 - Ancient Rome: The Early Roman Republic
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509 - 272 BCE - With the monarchy abolished, Rome would still continue to have political and social issues as the Conflict of the Orders brought tensions between the patricians and the plebeians and threatened to halt Roman expansion before it even began.

Jun 21, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 25 - Ancient Rome: The Roman Kingdom
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753 - 509 BCE - The story of Romulus and Remus and the Seven Kings of Rome, but just how much of it was actually true and how much was pure mythology?

Jun 14, 2020
SPECIAL - The Picts
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43 - 848 - When the Romans invaded Britain they discovered people who had decorated their bodies with bright colours.  Who were these people and what became of them?

Jun 07, 2020
SPECIAL - The House of Vasa
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1523 - 1668 - The House of Vasa was predominantly the royal house of Sweden, but also of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  Its greatest member was Gustavus Adolphus the Great.
May 31, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part Two
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336 - 30 BCE - A deeper look at the chronology of the Hellenistic world with special attention to some of the academic advances.
May 24, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 23 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part One
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1200 - 336 BCE - From the fall of the Mycenaeans, to the rise of Alexander the Great, and everything else in between.
May 17, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 22 - Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Period
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323 - 30 BCE - The sudden imperial expansion of Alexander the Great's Macedonian kingdom had a profound effect on the vast area's diverse cultures.  This episode explores that effect.
May 10, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 21 - Ancient Greece: The Diadochi
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323 - 281 BCE - Meet Philip III and Alexander IV, Antipater, Craterus, Antigonus, Demetrius, Cassander, Eumenes, Seleucus, Polyperchon, Ptolemy, Lysimachus and Peithon among others.
May 03, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 20 - BATTLE - The Battle of Gaugamela ( 331 BCE )
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331 BCE - The inevitable showdown between Alexander the Great and Darius III took place at Gaugamela, in a battle which would change the world as everyone know it forever.
Apr 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 19 - BATTLE - The Battle of Issus ( 333 BCE )
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333 BCE - Alexander the Great had ventured deeper into Persian territory than any other invader.  So Darius decided to make a surprise move to cut him off from his supply lines entrapping him in a narrow mountain pass.
Apr 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 18 - PROFILE - Alexander the Great
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356 - 323 BCE - In our second profile episode, we look at a man who is arguably the greatest military leader ever, the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great.
Apr 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 17 - Ancient Greece: The Rise of Macedon
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362 - 335 BCE - With the southern Balkan poleis exhausted through continued warfare, one leader in the north was holding all the cards.  This is the story of Philip II of Macedon's achievements.
Apr 05, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 16 - Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Culture
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510 - 323 BCE - Greek Gods, Olympic Games, Oracle of Delphi, architecture, pottery, Great Dionysia, historians, science, mathematics, philosophy and education all rolled up into one complete episode.
Mar 29, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 15 - BATTLE - The Battle of Leuctra ( 371 BCE )
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With Athens a shadow of its former self, the road to glory was left open to the Spartans, but an old adversary called Thebes would have something to say about it.
Mar 22, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 14 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part Two
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447 - 404 BCE - The conflict reaches a defining climax as natural events and individual decisions involve much of the Greek speaking world.  Will it be Athens or Sparta who prevails?
Mar 15, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 13 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part One
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479 - 447 BCE - The Persians had been expelled from the Balkan peninsula. Fate deals its hand to the Greek lands as the region heads towards further conflict.
Mar 08, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 12 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part Two
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480 - 479 BCE - The Achaemenid Persians were now able to march on Athens.  Would the Athenians stay and fight, or abandon their city?  Would the Spartans assist the Athenians, or would either polis put itself in front of their alliance now that the pressure was so high?
Mar 01, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 11 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part One
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480 BCE - Following defeat at Marathon, the Persians were back.  Had the Greeks done enough to prepare for the return and would the interminably militant force of Sparta make the difference?
Feb 23, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 10 - BATTLE - The Battle of Marathon ( 490 BCE )
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490 BCE - The Achaemenid Persians had been succesfully expanding their influence across the known world, but when the Athenians supported a revolt of Greek people within the Persian Empire, the Achaemenids sought revenge.
Feb 16, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 9 - Ancient Greece: Greek Colonisation
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750 - 550 BCE - For a couple of centuries, the people of the Greek poleis all jumped into their boats and scattered in all directions.  Where were they going?  What were they doing?  Why were they doing it?
Feb 09, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 8 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part Two
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565 - 493 BCE - The Peisistratid tyranny came under pressure as Athens demanded democracy so vehemently that even the mighty Spartans could not impose their authority over the Athenians.
Feb 02, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 7 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part One
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800 - 565 BCE - We walk through the journey of the Greek capital during the Archaic period and discover what this independent city did to avoid tyranny before succumbing to it.
Jan 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 6 - Ancient Greece: Dark Age and Archaic Greece
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1200 - 600 BCE - Exactly what did happen in Greece after the Late Bronze Age Collapse and the disappearance of the Mycenaean culture, and what are poleis?
Jan 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 5 - Ancient Persia: Iranian Religion in Antiquity ( Zoroastrianism )
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609 BCE - 651 CE - What is Zoroastrianism and how did it originate?  Which belief systems did it influence and which belief systems existed alongside it in Iranian lands?  How did the Persian elite view and use Zoroastrianism in their respective empires?
Jan 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 4 - Ancient Persia: The Sasanian Empire
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226 - 651 CE - The rise of the Persians who would rule their own traditional lands once again, and the journey through the centuries which would lead them to the ultimate climax against the Romans at Constantinople.
Jan 05, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 3 - Ancient Persia: The Parthian Empire ( & Seleucids )
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329 BCE - 224 CE - Plotting the progress of the Persian Empire after its fall to Alexander the Great, and leading into the incredible and inevitable conflicts with the Romans.
Dec 29, 2019
Vol 3 Ep 2 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part Two
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522 - 329 BCE - A closer look at the dramatic stories of the empire under the rule of Darius the Great, Xerxes I and Darius III.
Dec 22, 2019
Vol 3 Ep 1 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part One
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609 - 522 BCE - This episode will bridge the gap between the fall of the Assyrian Empire and the rise of the Achaemenid Empire including the life of Cyrus the Great.
Dec 15, 2019
Unscripted (17) ( The Iron Age )
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With this being the last unofficial episode before next week's launch of Volume 3, we take a closer look at the period between the Bronze Age and the Classical Age.
Dec 09, 2019
Unscripted (16)
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A look forward to the subject matter for Volume 3, plus an announcement regarding when the first episode will come out.
Dec 01, 2019
Unscripted (15) ( The First Day Ever )
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On what date, in which year was the first day ever?
Nov 24, 2019
Unscripted (14) ( Kassites )
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The most successful dynasty of Babylon, in terms of longevity, is not talked about enough, until now.
Nov 17, 2019
Unscripted (13)
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A light hearted look at the History of the World podcast's history on YouTube.
Nov 10, 2019
Unscripted (12) ( Thutmose III )
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How does this great 15th century BCE pharaoh of Egypt stack up to the featured pharaoh of volume two of the podcast, Ramesses II?
Nov 03, 2019
Unscripted (11) ( Mitanni )
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More to fill those empty weeks between volumes with a brief reminder about who the Mitanni's were and what they did.
Oct 27, 2019
Unscripted (10) ( Homo luzonensis )
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A new species of hominin was named in 2019 called Homo luzonensis.  What is it, and where does it fit into our story of human evolution?
Oct 20, 2019
Unscripted (9)
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A short and sweet debrief following the conclusion of volume two, and a look ahead at what is coming soon.
Oct 13, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 37 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part Two
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1750 - 700 BCE - Continuing the journey through the Bronze Age, crossing over the Late Bronze Age Collapse and into the Iron Age, to a time where history meets the origin of modern religion.
Oct 06, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 36 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part One
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3000 - 1750 BCE - The rise of powerful kingdoms and civilisations in Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus Valley, bronzeworking in Europe and China and long distance trade and construction in the Americas.
Sep 29, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 35 - Ancient medicine
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10000 - 700 BCE - The Neolithic Revolution was a huge leap forward for humankind, but it came at a price in regard to our health.  How did we interpret these new ailments and diseases and how did we combat them?
Sep 22, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 34 - Ancient weaponry
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2500000 - 700 BCE - Why did we start killing each other and how come we were so good at it?
Sep 15, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 33 - Archaic Americas
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7000 - 700 BCE - Starting in Mesoamerica, we head south to explore the rainforests, highlands and savannah of South America, before heading to the Arctic tundra and heading south again to the grasslands and woodlands of the modern United States.
Sep 08, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 32 - Chavín culture
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3500 - 200 BCE - In the mysterious Peruvian highlands, people were gathering from far and wide to take a psychedelic journey into a dark labyrinth to meet the ferocious looking jaguar deity of the Chavin.
Sep 01, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 31 - The Olmecs
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1600 - 400 BCE - Just what was the Olmec fascination with rubber balls all about?  Did the Olmecs copy the Egyptians by constructing the first Mesoamerican pyramid?
Aug 25, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 30 - Ancient China: Shang dynasty
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1750 - 1046 BCE - Plotting the rise and fall of the Shang dynasty where archaeology meets traditional stories.  An incredible bronze age with innovative techniques and the comparison of cultural advances with the rest of the world.
Aug 18, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 29 - Neolithic cultures of China
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7000 - 1750 BCE - What happened before the Shang dynasty?  We have the traditional stories to go by, but does it stack up against the archaeological evidence?
Aug 11, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 28 - Indo-European languages
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7000 BCE onwards - Proto-Indo-Europeans are believed to have spoken a language ancestral to over four hundred languages of the modern world.  Why do we believe this when there is no firm evidence of a Proto-Indo-European language though?
Aug 04, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 27 - Mohenjo-daro
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2500 - 1600 BCE - The city of Mohenjo-daro has some surprisingly modern civil aspects. This episode explores the discoveries and suggest what they can tell us about the people who lived there.
Jul 28, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 26 - Indus Valley Civilisation ( Harappans )
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3300 - 1600 BCE - A mysterious, but peaceful and successful trading civilisation.  Their undeciphered script cannot hide some amazing and unique aspects.
Jul 21, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 25 - The Trojan War ( Troy )
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1190 BCE? - The Trojan War is a mythological story about a city called Troy which was attacked after a large wooden horse was pulled into the city secretly containing Greek warriors.  Is there any chance that it could be based on truth?
Jul 14, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 24 - Mycenaean Greece
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1600 - 1070 BCE - Mythology and archaeology are the ingredients of a good ancient period story and the Mycenaeans are no exception.  The rise and fall of the first civilised mainland Greeks.
Jul 07, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 23 - The Minoan civilisation
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2000 - 1450 BCE - Our first European civilisation takes us to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean where we learn of bare breasted ladies, bull-leaping, huge palaces and the ferocious Minotaur in the labrynth.
Jun 30, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 22 - The History of Writing, Part Two
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1200 BCE - 900 CE - Alphabets emerged from early writing systems and were so practical that they evolved and supplanted many of the systems in place around the world.  Find out how.
Jun 23, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 21 - The History of Writing, Part One
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3300 - 1200 BCE - What is writing and why did people start doing it?  We analyse the earliest known writing systems and read between the lines.
Jun 16, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 20 - SUMMARY - Ancient Egypt
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3150 - 30 BCE - A rapid, rollercoaster ride through three thousand years of drama, dynasties, deities, disputes and development.  Who can resist?
Jun 09, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 19 - Ancient Egypt: Third Intermediate and Late Period
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1213 - 525 BCE - Just what caused the New Kingdom to collapse and what did Egypt become in the one thousand years between this and Cleopatra?
Jun 02, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 18 - Ancient Egypt: Religion
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3100 - 30 BCE - The complex pantheon of Egyptian deities and their links to everyday life and other cultures are explored.
May 26, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 17 - BATTLE - The Battle of Kadesh ( 1274 BCE )
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1274 BCE - The Hittites have control of the city of Kadesh, but the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II wants it back.  Find out what happens when Ramesses takes 20,000 men and 2000 chariots into the lands of modern Syria to conquer the city.
May 19, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 16 - PROFILE - Ramesses II
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1303 - 1213 BCE - This is first of our special profile episodes which focus on an historical individual.  This time we are looking at Ramesses II, otherwise known as Ramesses the Great, Pharaoh of the New Kingdom of Egypt.
May 12, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 15 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom
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1620 - 1324 BCE - More specifically the story of the Eighteenth Dynasty, a golden age in Egyptian history.  However, keeping it in the family may not have necessarily been beneficial to the Royal Family.
May 05, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 14 - Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids
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2600 - 1525 BCE - An attempt to decipher the mystery of the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, The Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as all the other pyramids, the people who built them and their motives and methods.
Apr 28, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 13 - Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom
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2040 - 1640 BCE - A new kingdom emerges in the Egyptian lands, but things are slightly different this time, with the Pharaohs needing to build their reputation by displaying those strong leadership qualities that are needed to keep the Egyptian society bonded together.
Apr 21, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 12 - Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom
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3150 - 2134 BCE - From the unification of the Egyptian kingdom through its journey through great prosperity and a golden age of pyramid building, right through to its subsequent fall towards the end of the third millennium BCE.
Apr 14, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 11 - SUMMARY - The Ancient Near East
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3000 - 700 BCE - We walk together through the entire journey of Mesopotamia, eastern Anatolia and the Levant during the two thousand year plus ancient era of the Near East.
Apr 07, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 10 - The Religion of Canaan and Phoenicia
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1200 - 516 BCE - Digging deeper into the spiritual side of the geographical area which gave birth to Judaism and how polytheism turned into monotheism.  We try to uncover the true identity of God.
Mar 31, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 9 - The Phoenicians
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1200 - 264 BCE - The expert Mediterranean traders that the Greeks called the Phoenicians, who established the important colony of Carthage, the principal centre of Phoenician politics.
Mar 24, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 8 - BATTLE - The Siege of Lachish ( 701 BCE )
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701 BCE - Assyria under the rule of Sennacherib needed to subjugate the Kingdom of Judah under the rule of Hezekiah.  Sennacherib wanted the Judean capital city of Jerusalem, but first he would need to take the city of Lachish.
Mar 17, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 7 - The Assyrian Empire
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2000 - 610 BCE - The incredible story of an empire that survived the Late Bronze Age Collapse and then dominated the Near East like no other before, with iron age technology and an aggressive foreign policy.
Mar 10, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 6 - The Late Bronze Age Collapse
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1200 - 1050 BCE - All of the societies of the Near East either weakened considerably or disappeared altogether.  What could have possibly happened to cause this dramatic turn of events?
Mar 03, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 5 - The Hittites
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1700 - 1200 BCE - The first Indo-Europeans documented arrived in Anatolia and completely changed the face of the Near East, even going toe to toe with the mighty Egyptians, as well as the revived Assyrians.
Feb 24, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 4 - First Babylonian Dynasty ( Hammurabi )
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1900 - 1595 BCE - Semitic speakers from the west had established their own kingdoms throughout Mesopotamia.  The Babylonians became the most powerful of the first half of the second millennium BCE especially under the lawmaker king, Hammurabi.
Feb 17, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 3 - Ur
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3000 - 2000 BCE - The fascinating rise and fall of this iconic Sumerian city-state and a look at the incredible work of Sir Leonard Woolley.
Feb 10, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 2 - The Akkadian Empire ( Sargon of Akkad )
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2300 - 2083 BCE - Sargon the Great conquered Sumer and extended what some refer to as the first Empire.  This is the story of the earliest known civilised Semitic speakers.
Feb 03, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 1 - Early Dynastic Mesopotamia ( Sumerians )
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3000 - 2340 BCE - The first known civilisation of Mesopotamia.  Separating fact from myth within the first cuneiform writings, and the Sumerian conquest and decline.
Jan 27, 2019
Unscripted (8) ( Lascaux )
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We take a brief look at the unignorable prehistoric cave art of Lascaux and why it could have been created.
Jan 20, 2019
Unscripted (7) ( Göbekli Tepe )
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We take a brief but closer look at some of the diverse theories relating to the construction and meaning of Göbekli Tepe.
Jan 13, 2019
Unscripted (6)
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History of the World podcast welcomes in the New Year with some of your valued messages, an update on the performance of the podcast, and most importantly of all, an announcement about the start of Volume 2.
Jan 06, 2019
Unscripted (5) - Review of 2018
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Put on your tuxedo or your evening gown for the prestigious 2018 History of the World podcast awards ceremony.
Dec 30, 2018
Unscripted (4) ( Piltdown Man )
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We discuss the incredible story of Piltdown Man as well as provide updates relating to the state of the podcast.
Dec 23, 2018
Unscripted (3)
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A brief look forward to the next volume of podcasts focusing on the Ancient World.
Dec 16, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Civilisation
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A summary of the Neolithic period of human history covering the period between 10,000 BCE and 3000 BCE.  An attempt to collate all that we have learned from Episodes 15 through to 23.
Dec 10, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 23 - Neolithic Egypt
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A vital look at how the drying out of the Sahara desert forced populations to congregate and adapt along the Nile's banks forcing powerful leaders to take the future of Egypt into their own hands.
Dec 02, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 22 - Neolithic Mesopotamia ( Uruk )
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We explore how all of the Neolithic advances and environmental changes affected the prehistoric peoples and cultures of Mesopotamia previous to the ancient dynastic Sumerian period.
Nov 25, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 21 - The origin of towns ( Eridu )
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We explore two very fundamental changes to village life in and around the rivers of the Fertile Crescent. Irrigation and the emergence of a class based society.
Nov 18, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 20 - Megaliths, Part Two ( Stonehenge )
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This week's podcast centres around Stonehenge, but in order to try to understand this most famous of megaliths, we discuss the Neolithic wonders of the Orkney Islands and the Carnac Stones of Brittany.
Nov 11, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 19 - Megaliths, Part One ( Göbekli Tepe )
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Göbekli Tepe in the Fertile Crescent appears to have marked the start of a megalithic period which ultimately spread across Europe.  Clouded in mystery, we endeavour to uncover the facts.
Nov 04, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 18 - The origin of metallurgy
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Humans of the Fertile Crescent appear to have started mastering the ability to use metals during the Neolithic period.  We meet Ötzi, who was one of the first coppersmiths of Europe.
Oct 28, 2018
Unscripted (2)
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A look at some of the correspondence and other podcasts that have inspired the History of the World podcast.
Oct 21, 2018
Unscripted (1)
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A brief look at the history and the future of the History of the World podcast.
Oct 14, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 17 - The origin of villages ( Çatalhöyük / Jericho )
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We talk about the emergence of sedentary lifestyles of the Mesolithic and early Neolithic with the interesting story of Tell Abu Hureyra, before tackling the hugely famous sites of Çatalhöyük and Jericho.
Oct 07, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 16 - The spread of agriculture
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The big question to be answered, did farming spread or emerge?  We travel to Europe, the Indus Valley, the Far East and the Americas to find the answer.
Sep 30, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 15 - The origin of agriculture
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We try to unravel the mystery of the human transition from the success of nomadic hunter-gathering, to the laborious risks of sedentary agriculture and farming.
Sep 23, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 14 - SUMMARY - The Paleolithic Age
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We look at at the previous 13 episodes and explore some of the aspects as yet undiscussed including the changing cultures of Old Europe.
Sep 16, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 13 - Paleolithic art and ritual
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Red ochre, shark teeth, ostrich eggs, lion men, hand stencils, cannibalism, friendly wolves, ritual burials, animal masks and big buttocks.
Sep 09, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 12 - Hunter-gatherers
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A look back at our changing diet and the ways and means in which we had to evolve ourselves and our technologies to succeed in the ever changing and differing environments of the world.
Sep 02, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 11 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part Two
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Modern humans expand to Japan, America and Europe, but what happened when they met the neanderthals for the final time?
Aug 26, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 10 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part One
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This podcast is heading for Australia, stopping at Israel, Denisova, Flores and Wallacea.  Please remember to pick up all of your belongings.
Aug 19, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 9 - The origin of Homo sapiens
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Social media indicates that we love talking about ourselves, so let's do it.  Let's talk about ourselves, the modern human, and how it all started from 300,000 years ago in Africa.
Aug 12, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 8 - The ice ages
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Find out about the geological science behind glaciation studies, the effect that ice ages have had on our ancestors and the story of Napi being chased across Canada by a sixteen thousand tonne quartzite rock.
Aug 05, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 7 - The neanderthals
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The highly anticipated neanderthals, our rugged cousin who appeared to be quite brutish but was surprisingly intelligent.  Quite possibly someone who would be up for going to a pub quiz with you.
Jul 29, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 6 - Prehistoric speech and language
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How is it that we can talk?  Why are we the only animal that can successfully produce audio podcasts that can be listened to and understood?  And who wants to get to know Washoe the chimpanzee?
Jul 22, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 5 - Lower paleolithic stone tools ( Olduvai Gorge )
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Let us put some flesh on the bones of our prehistoric hominin story, and discover what our ancestors created to get carved flesh from the bones of animals. We investigate the technological advances from over three million years ago up to the last million years.
Jul 15, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 4 - Homo erectus
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Homo erectus, as the name would suggest, is the first fully upright human and it was definitely a migratory species.  Find out more about the journeys and advancements of human evolution in this episode.
Jul 08, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 3 - Homo habilis
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Homo habilis is thought to be the first species of human to have lived.  Find out who he was and who else lived around him.
Jul 02, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 2 - The australopithecines ( Lucy )
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They were alive from around 5 million to 2 million years ago, slowly evolving in East Africa and trying to become human.
Jun 26, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 1 - Introduction to the Prehistoric World
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This episode introduces the podcast and begins our journey from 66 million years ago through to the first ancestors of modern humans around 6 million years ago.
Jun 24, 2018