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The History of Rome

A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!

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001- In the Beginning
Welcome to The History of Rome, a weekly series tracing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Today we will hear the mythical origin story of Rome and compare it with modern historical and archaeological evidence. How much truth is wrapped up in the legend? We end this week with the death of Remus and the founding of Rome.
11:49 28/07/2007
002- Youthful Indiscretions
Last time we discussed the events that lead to the birth of Rome, covering the arrival of Aeneas in Italy and the story of the twins Romulus and Remus. Today we will cover the remainder of Romulus's life, his questionable morality and ultimate disappearance from the world of men.
11:57 25/02/2010
003a- The Seven Kings of Rome
This week we cover the first three of Romulus's successors to the throne: Numa Pompulius, Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Marcius, who they were and what affect they had on the evolution Roman law and culture.
16:00 25/02/2010
003b- The Seven Kings of Rome
The last days of the Roman Kingdom were ruled over by the three members of the so-called Tarquin Dynasty: Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius and Tarquinius Superbus. The last proved to be such a tyrant that he was overthrown and monarchy was forever outlawed by the Romans.
18:10 25/02/2010
004- The Public Thing
The monarchy had been overthrown and the Roman Republic was now established. Despite the appearance of a free democratic republic, the Romans were beset with economic and political divisions that threatened the unity of the young State.
14:49 25/02/2010
005- Trials and Tribunlations
The infant Roman Republic faced many challenges as it grew into adolescence, both internally and externally. Most significantly class divisions led to a confrontation between patricians and plebs that resulted in the creation of the office of Tribune.
15:50 25/02/2010
006- The Twelve Tables
In 451 BC a committee was ordered to compile and then condense Roman law into a single text called the Twelve Tables of Law. Despite tyrannical machinations by the committee, the Twelve Tables secured an objective rule of law for all Roman citizens regardless of wealth or class.
15:56 25/02/2010
007- The Roman Washington
Cincinnatus was famously appointed dictator of Rome in 458 BC and then resigned soon after, securing his place in history as a paradigm of republican virtue.
12:09 25/02/2010
008- Decades of Gloom
The years after the creation of the Twelve Tables were hard. Political discord, grain shortages and famine all conspired to weaken the city, but the Romans soldiered on in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.
15:24 25/02/2010
009- A Trojan War
Economic necessity forced a final conflict with Veii, Rome's Etruscan rival to the north. After years of inconclusive fighting, Marcus Furius Camillus was appointed dictator and lead the Romans to victory.
13:52 25/02/2010
010: Barbarians at the Gates
Soon after the war with Veii, Rome was sacked by invading Gauls. The event traumatized the Romans and left their city in ruins. It would be the last time a foreign army breached the walls until the fall of the empire 850 years later.
15:50 25/02/2010
011- The Morning After
In the decades after the Gauls abandoned Rome to its fate, the Romans were forced to battle both external threats and internal sedition. The Plebes, saddled with debt from the reconstruction, forced through reforms in 367 BC that finally gave them access to the most powerful office of state: the Consulship.
16:40 25/02/2010
012- The First Samnite War
From 343-341 BC Rome fought a brief war against the Samnites, a powerful hill tribe who would plague the Romans for the rest of the century. The Romans won an inconclusive victory, but the war was only the opening salvo in a long running struggle between the two peoples.
18:14 25/02/2010
013- The Latin War
The Romans fought a final war against their Latin neighbors from 340-338 BC. The Romans won a decisive victory and the Latin League was abolished once and for all.
14:12 25/02/2010
014a- A Phalanx With Joints
For hundreds of years the Roman Army used the Greek phalanx, but during the Samnite Wars they were forced to develop a new distinctly Roman system.
11:22 25/02/2010
014b- A Phalanx With Joints
The Roman army abandoned the Greek phalanx in favor of a new system based on a three line deployment organized by age and experience.
16:58 25/02/2010
015a- The Second Samnite War
After a decade of peace, the Romans and Samnites returned to war. The early years of fighting went well for Rome, but in 321 BC they were handed a humiliating defeat at Caudine Forks.
18:17 25/02/2010
015b- The Second Samnite War
After a five year break, hostilities resumed between the Romans and Samnites. Despite early setbacks, Rome eventually emerged victorious in 304 BC. During these years a controversial politician, Appius Claudius, initiated a series of ambitious public works projects that advanced Roman civilization.
14:41 27/02/2010
016- The Third Samnite War
Rome battled a combined army of Samnites, Etruscans, Umbrians and Gauls for control of Italy. At Sentinum, the two sides fought the largest battle in Italian history up to that point.
15:35 27/02/2010
017- Pyrrhic Victories
The Greek cities of southern Italy called on King Pyrrhus of Epirus to protect them from Roman encroachment. Though Pyrrhus was undefeated in battle, his victories were so costly that he was forced to withdraw from Italy in 275 BC, leaving Rome in control of Magna Graecia.
17:50 28/02/2010
018- A History of Rome Christmas
Many of the traditions that surround modern Christmas have their roots in Saturnalia and the Feast of Sol Invictus.
12:45 28/02/2010
019- Prelude to the First Punic War
It was inevitable that the Romans and Cartheginians would run into each other one day.
16:04 28/02/2010
020a- The First Punic War
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22:47 28/02/2010
020b- The First Punic War
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22:56 28/02/2010
021- Interbellum
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15:22 28/02/2010
022- Prelude to the Second Punic War
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14:36 28/02/2010
023a- The War With Hannibal
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15:33 28/02/2010
023b- The War With Hannibal
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17:10 28/02/2010
023c- The War With Hannibal
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15:51 28/02/2010
023d- The War With Hannibal
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22:26 28/02/2010

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