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A weekly podcast tracing the rise decline and fall of the Roman Empire
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DATE: Mon, 27 Sep 2010
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110- A Gothic Horror

In 249 AD Decius ousted Philip the Arab and ascended to the Imperial throne. Two years later though, Decius was dead after leading the legions to a massive defeat at the hands of the Goths.  

DATE: Mon, 20 Sep 2010
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109- The New Millenium

Gordian III died in 244 AD and was succeeded by his Praetorian Prefect Philip the Arab. While Philip dealt with internal revolts and external invasion, he found time to celebrate Rome's 1000th birthday in 248 AD.

DATE: Mon, 13 Sep 2010
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108- Gordian's Knot

By August of 238, the other five men who had claimed a share of the purple were dead, leaving 13-year-old Gordian III as the last man standing.

DATE: Mon, 30 Aug 2010
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107- The Year of the Six Empeors

In 238, a revolt in Africa sparked a revolution in Rome that would eventually lead to six different men claiming the title of Augustus.

DATE: Mon, 23 Aug 2010
SIZE: 13.6 MB
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106- Barbarian at the Gate

After bungling a campaign in the east, Alexander headed to the Rhine where he was assassinated by Maximinius Thrax in 235 AD.

DATE: Mon, 16 Aug 2010
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105- The Last Princeps

Alexander was only 13 when he ascended to the throne in 222. With the help of his mother and a few key advisers, he managed to avoid being the kind of disaster that previous teenage Emperors had been.  

DATE: Mon, 09 Aug 2010
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104- Here Comes the Sun

Elagabalus became Emperor in 218 AD at the tender age of 14. His short reign was defined by a scandalous private life and an obsession with the eastern sun god El-Gabal. 

DATE: Mon, 02 Aug 2010
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103- The Equestrian

Carcalla was killed by his Praetorian Prefect Macrinus in 217 AD. Macrinus then spent a troubled year as Emperor before the House of Severus came back to challenge his rule.

DATE: Mon, 26 Jul 2010
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102- The Common Enemy of Mankind

Septimius Severus died in 211 while campaigning in Britain. He left the Empire to his sons, but their mutual hatred for one another meant that one of them was going to wind up dead.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
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101- And All Was of Little Value

After defeating Clodius Albinus, Septimius Severus turned over daily administration of the Empire to his Praetorian Prefect Gaius Plautianus, while the Emperor himself went looking for further military vicotries in Parthia.  

DATE: Fri, 09 Jul 2010
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028- Taking Stock

DATE: Sun, 27 Jun 2010
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100- Black and White and Severus All Over

Septimius Severus became the undisputed Emperor of Rome after defeating Pescennius Niger in 194 and Clodius Albinus in 197.

DATE: Mon, 21 Jun 2010
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099- What Evil Have I Done?

After buying the Imperial throne, Didius Julianus only remained in power for 66 days before being ousted by Septimius Severus.

DATE: Mon, 14 Jun 2010
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098- Purchasing Power

After Commodus was assassinated, Pertinax reigned for 86 days. He was murdered by the Praetorian Guard in March 193 and the Imperial throne was auctioned off the highest bidder.

DATE: Mon, 07 Jun 2010
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097- The Fall of Hercules

Commodus went off the deep end around 190 AD and was finally killed by his inner circle in 192.

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
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096- The Most Aptly Named Emperor

The reign of Commodus turned on a botched assassination attempt orchestrated by his sister in 182 AD.

DATE: Mon, 24 May 2010
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095- The Beginning of the End

Marcus elevated Commodus to the position of co-Emperor and then died a few years later while campaigning in the north.

DATE: Mon, 17 May 2010
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094- Revolt and Meditations

In 175 Avidius Cassius led a brief revolt in the east that forced Marcus to postpone his final triumph along the Danube. 

DATE: Mon, 10 May 2010
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093- The Marcomannic Wars

The Romans fought a series of campaigns against a coalition of German tribes from 167-175. They were on the verge of total victory when news arrived of a rebellion in the east.

DATE: Mon, 26 Apr 2010
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092- The Parthian War

After some initial setbacks, Marcus sent Lucius east to deal with a suddenly critical war with Parthia in 162.

DATE: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
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091- Marcus and Lucius and the Parthians

Marcus Aurelius was destined to become Emperor, but his insistence that Lucius Verus share the honor came as a surprise to everyone.  

DATE: Mon, 12 Apr 2010
SIZE: 15.7 MB
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090- The Hundredth Episode

Big question-time blowout!

DATE: Mon, 05 Apr 2010
SIZE: 20.0 MB
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089- Provincial Matters

In which I talk for way too long about where the best tin deposits in the Roman Empire can be found.

DATE: Mon, 22 Mar 2010
SIZE: 11.2 MB
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088- A Day in the Life

Life in Rome began at dawn and lasted until sunset. Work was done in the mornings while the afternoon was reserved for recreation.  

DATE: Mon, 15 Mar 2010
SIZE: 12.7 MB
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087- Thinking and Feeling

With Roman education leaving much to be desired, many citizens found enlightenment in the eastern mystery cults or Greek philosophy.

DATE: Mon, 08 Mar 2010
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086- Wealth and Class

The Roman world was divided between slaves, freedmen, and free citizens of every economic class. Gross inequality though was the order of the day, with the Emperor himself controlling the lion's share of the Empire's wealth.

DATE: Mon, 01 Mar 2010
SIZE: 12.9 MB
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085- Antoninus the Dutiful

Antoninus's reign is often pointed to as the golden age of the Roman Empire. In many ways the assessment is correct, though unresolved issues would come back to haunt his successors.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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057- Germanicus

The early years of Tiberius's reign were defined by his growing jealousy of his nephew/adopted son Germanicus. After winning victories on the far side of the Rhine, Germanicus was sent east, where in 19 AD he died under mysterious circumstances.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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056- The King is Dead, Long Live the King

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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055- Teutoburg Nightmares

The Julio-Claudian family was rife with conflict, but nothing compared to the battle fought against the Germans in the Teutoburg Forest.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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054- All in the Family

Augustus promoted his steps sons Tiberius and Drusus to high office long before they were technically eligible. He hoped they would share power with him until Gaius and Lucius Caesar came of age, but Drusus died young and Tiberius went into self-imposed exile.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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053- Reigning Supreme

After attaining power, Augustus set about reforming the Empire.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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052- Caesar Augustus

The Senate bestowed upon Octavian the title Caesar Augustus during the constitutional settlement of 27 BC. Four years later Augustus and the Senate altered their power sharing agreement.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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051- Actium

On Sept 2, 31 BC Octavian defeated Antony at the Battle of Actium. Antony and Cleopatra fled back to Alexandria where they committed suicide the next year, following Octavian's invasion of Egypt.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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050- The Donations of Alexandria

After Antony failed to conquer Parthia, the Triumvirate partnership broke down, leading to a declaration of war.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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049- Apollo and Dionysus

After winning the Battle of Philippi Antony and Octavian divided the empire into two halves. Antony took control of the east where he formed an alliance with Cleopatra, while Octavian commanded the west.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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048- The Second Triumvirate

In 43 BC Marc Antony, Octavian and Marcus Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate. After initiating proscriptions to raise funds and purge their enemies, the Triumvirs headed east, where they defeated Brutus and Cassius at Philippi.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
SIZE: 10.3 MB
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047- Octavius-Octavian

Caesar posthumously adopted his great nephew Gaius Octavius and the 19-year-old was thrust into the center of Roman politics. In the months following the assassination Octavian and Mark Antony vied for the support of the legions.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
SIZE: 9.90 MB
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046- Sic Semper Tyrannis

In the last months of his life, rumors swirled about Caesar's monarchical ambitions. On the Ides of March 44 BC, a group of Senators put the issue to rest by assassinating Caesar during a session of the Senate.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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045- The End of the War

Caesar took the overland route back from Egypt back to Rome and along the way pacified what little resistance he came across. After a brief stay in Italy he sailed for North Africa where he defeated the regrouped Republican army. Having emerged from the Civil War triumphant he returned to Rome and began his ambitious reform programs.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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044- Caesar Triumphant

Following a setback at Dyrrachium, Caesar decisively won the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC. After defeating Pompey, Caesar sailed for Alexandria, where settled a civil war by placing Cleopatra on the throne.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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043- Insert Well Known Idiom Here

In 49 BC Caesar led a single legion across the Rubicon River, sparking a civil war that would lead to the death of the Roman Republic.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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042- Meanwhile, Back in Rome

While Caesar was fighting the Gallic Wars, events in Rome and beyond exacerbated the political tensions that would eventually lead to Civil War.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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041b- The Gallic Wars

From 57-52 BC Caesar slowly conquered Gaul. Along the way he crossed into Germania twice and led the first Roman expedition to Britain. Finally, the last Gallic army was forced to surrender at Alesia.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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041a- The Gallic Wars

After beginning his proconsulship of Cisalpine Gaul in 58 BC Caesar was asked to halt the advance of a migrating Celtic tribe. He managed to turn them around, but was immediately called to face an even deadlier threat at the banks of the Rhine River.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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040- In the Consulship of Julius and Caesar

In 59 BC Julius Caesar served a controversial year in the consulship. He pressed for land and administrative reforms the conservative Senate opposed.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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039- The Young Julius Caesar Chronicles

Julius Caesar had an eventful career on his way up the Cursus Honorum. He won the Civic Crown in Asia, was captured by pirates on his way to Rhodes, and served as Governor of Hispania Ulterior.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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038- The Catiline Conspiracy

In 63 BC an embittered two-time consular candidate named Catiline conspired to overthrow the Roman government. He was stopped by Rome's greatest politician and orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
SIZE: 8.92 MB
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037- Go East Young Man

After clearing the Mediterranean of pirates in 67 BC Pompey was put in charge of the war with Mithridates. He promptly conquered his way to Jerusalem.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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036- I Am Spartacus!

From 73-71 BC a gladiator named Spartacus led a slave revolt in southern Italy. Despite defeating the Romans on numerous occasions, the slave army was eventually defeated by Marcus Crassus (with an unsolicited assist from Pompey).

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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035- Crassus and Pompey

After Sulla's death two men emerged as the vanguard of Rome's new political generation: Marcus Crassus who would become Rome's richest man and Pompey the Great, who would become Rome's greatest general. In a few years these two men would join forces with Julius Caesar to form the first Triumvirate.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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034- No Greater Friend, No Worse Enemy

Sulla returned from the east and after winning a short Civil War was made Dictator for Life. After purging his enemies and reorganizing the consitution he inexplicably stepped down in 80 BC.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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033- Marius and Sulla

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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032- The Social War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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031b- Marius

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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031a- Marius

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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030- Gaius Gracchus

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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029- Tiberius Gracchus

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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027- Mopping Up

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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026- The Third Macedonian War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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025- The Syrian War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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024- The Second Macedonian War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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023e- The War With Hannibal

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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023d- The War With Hannibal

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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023c- The War With Hannibal

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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023b- The War With Hannibal

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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023a- The War With Hannibal

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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022- Prelude to the Second Punic War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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021- Interbellum

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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020b- The First Punic War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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020a- The First Punic War

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
SIZE: 7.36 MB
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019- Prelude to the First Punic War

It was inevitable that the Romans and Cartheginians would run into each other one day.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
SIZE: 7.13 MB
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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.

DATE: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
SIZE: 6.72 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 8.37 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 7.76 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 5.20 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 6.50 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 8.34 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 7.63 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 6.35 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 5.56 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 6.78 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 8.32 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 7.33 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 5.47 MB
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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.

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
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001- Birth of A Nation

DATE: Mon, 15 Feb 2010
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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84- Longing For Death

After returning to Italy in 134 Hadrian spent a final few miserable years trying to plan the long term future of the Imperial dynasty before dying in 138. 84- Longing For Death

DATE: Mon, 08 Feb 2010
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83- May His Bones Be Crushed

Hadrian's relationship with the teenage boy Antinous raised eyebrows even in permissive Ancient Rome. His relationship with the Jews raises eyebrows even today.83- May His Bones Be Crushed

DATE: Mon, 01 Feb 2010
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82- Hadrian's Walls

Hadrian's reign got off to a rough start following the political murders of four ex-consuls. The new Emperor would eventually settle in though and set out on his first grand tour of the Empire in 121. 82- Hadrian's Walls

DATE: Mon, 25 Jan 2010
SIZE: 10.7 MB
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81- The Greekling

Though Hadrian's career had long been guided by Trajan, when the Emperor died in 117 he still had not named Hadrian heir. 81- The Greekling

DATE: Sun, 17 Jan 2010
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80- Optimus Trajan

Trajan greatly improved the infrastructure of the Empire and finished his reign by conquering much of the Middle East. 80- Optimus Trajan

DATE: Mon, 11 Jan 2010
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79- The Dacian Wars

After Trajan ascended to the throne in 98 AD he fought two wars against the Dacians, finally annexing the country in 106 AD. 79- The Dacian Wars

DATE: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
SIZE: 11.3 MB
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78- Imperial Stop Gap

Nerva's brief reign was stormy, but his choice of Trajan as heir was inspired. 78- Imperial Stop Gap

DATE: Sun, 13 Dec 2009
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77- What Time is It?

After Saturninus's revolt in 89 AD, Domitian's paranoia increased. In 96 AD court officials afraid for their lives conspired to have the Emperor killed. BBC Interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pods/ or iTunes>Audio Podcasts>Tech News>BBC>Pods and Blogs 77- What Time is It?

DATE: Sun, 06 Dec 2009
SIZE: 10.9 MB
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76- Mock Triumphs

Domitian attempted to emulate Augustus, but his heavy-handed treatment of the Senate earned him many enemies. Meanwhile, his focus on frontier defense brought charges of cowardice and his treaty with the Dacians was seen as a humiliation. 76- Mock Triumphs

DATE: Sun, 22 Nov 2009
SIZE: 12.1 MB
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75- The Forgotten Son

Domitian had spent his life in the background, but in 81 AD he found himself Emperor and soon demonstrated that he had very strong ideas about how to wield power. 75- The Forgotten Son

DATE: Mon, 16 Nov 2009
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74- Friends, I Have Wasted a Day

Titus succeeded his father to the throne in 79 AD, but ruled for only two years before dying of a sudden infection in 81. Throughout the reign of the Flavians, Agricola campaigned in Britain to Romanize the island. 74- Friends,...

DATE: Mon, 09 Nov 2009
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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73- The Only Man Who Improved

Vespasian served as Emperor from 69-79 AD, stabilizing the Empire after a year of Civil War. 73- The Only Man Who Improved

DATE: Mon, 02 Nov 2009
SIZE: 12.1 MB
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72- Vitellius and Vespasian

If you are interested in attending a Lars Brownworth lecture in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, San Fransisco or Austin please email Detlef Kroeze (forumgallorum@gmail.com) or sign into the Forum and look for the heading "Lars Brownworth Lectures" (http://forumgallorum.freeforums.org/lars-brownworth-le ctures-t120.html)...

DATE: Sun, 25 Oct 2009
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71- Otho and Vitellius

After murdering Galba, Otho ascended to the throne in January 69 AD. He immediately had to deal with Vitellius revolt and after suffering a defeat at Bedriacum in April, Otho committed suicide having served as Emperor for just three months...

DATE: Sun, 18 Oct 2009
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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70- Galba and Otho

Galba's refusal to pay off the Praetorian Guard came back to haunt him when Otho looked for accomplices to aid in his assassination plot early in 69 AD. 70- Galba and Otho

DATE: Mon, 14 Sep 2009
SIZE: 7.64 MB
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69- A History of Rome Wedding

Marriage was one of the key institutions of Roman culture and many of the traditions surrounding weddings persist today. 69- A History of Rome Wedding

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
SIZE: 10.0 MB
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68- Three Emperors: The History of Rome

The personalities of each of the men who vied for the throne in 69 AD had a major impact on how events unfolded. 68- Three Emperors

DATE: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
SIZE: 10.2 MB
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67- What an Artist the World is Losing: The History of Rome

In 66 AD the Great Revolt broke out in Judaea, leading Nero to appoint Vespasian to crush the uprising. But the Emperor did not live to see the end of the conflict- in 68 AD he committed suicide after a...

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 11.2 MB
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66- 666: The History of Rome

Nero's popularity with the people began to wane in the early 60s AD. Things got so bad that after the Great Fire of Rome swept through the city, many held Nero responsible. 66- 666

DATE: Mon, 17 Aug 2009
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65- Burn it to the Ground: The History of Rome

Between 58 and 63 AD Rome dealt with a major conflict over the Kingdom of Armenia and a revolt in Britain led by the warrior Queen Boudica. 65- Burn it to the Ground

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 11.7 MB
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64- Smite My Womb: The History of Rome

After Nero came to power he was dominated by Agrippina. But it didn't take long before the 16-year-old Emperor got tired of his mother telling him what to do. 64- Smite My Womb

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 11.8 MB
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63- A Farewell to Claudius

Claudius turned out to be one of the more successful Emperors in Roman history, but unfortunately in 54 AD he was assassinated to make way for one of the worst. 63- A Farewell to Claudius

DATE: Mon, 13 Jul 2009
SIZE: 11.7 MB
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62- Take My Wife...Please: The History of Rome

Though Claudius had great success in his public life, his private life was a different story. Each of his marriages ended in either divorce or execution. 62- Take My Wife...Please

DATE: Mon, 06 Jul 2009
SIZE: 10.1 MB
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61- What, me Claudius?

Claudius became Empeor after the assassination of Caligula in 41 AD. Far from a bumbling fool, Claudius turned out to be capable and dedicated ruler. [If you came here looking for a map of Britain, we are having some scanner...

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 10.4 MB
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60- No Better Slave, No Worse Master: The History of Rome

Caligula was insane. Luckily for the Romans, he wielded absolute power. 60- No Better Slave, No Worse Master

DATE: Mon, 22 Jun 2009
SIZE: 10.2 MB
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59- To the Tiber with Tiberius: The History of Rome

Tiberius's final years were consumed with treason trials and private licentiousness. After he died in 37 AD, the infamous Caligula ascended to the throne. 59- To the Tiber with Tiberius

DATE: Mon, 15 Jun 2009
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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58- Partner of my Labors: The History of Rome

After the death of Tiberius's son Drusus, Praetorian Prefect Lucius Sejanus's influence grew exponentially. Sejanus was the defacto ruler of Rome from 26 AD until his fall from power 5 years later. 58- Partner of my Labors

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