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This is a narration of ancient Rome and its history from the founding of Rome in the year 753 BC, until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD.http://www.thetaleofrome.comThis podcast is published on a weekly basis, and episodes are around fifteen minutes in length. Episode by episode, the podcast will travel in time, starting from a man called Aeneas who left Troy and settled in Italy. It will continue its trip to the birth of Romulus and Remus, and how they founded Rome. Later you will hear about the things the Kings of Rome and what they did (and didn't do) to stay in power, and how they ultimately lost that power, giving way to the Republic of Rome.Then, we will sail through the lands of the Mediterranean Sea, and watch Rome grow. Battle after battle and conquest after conquest, we will learn about the mindset of Romans and their conquered peoples. There's religion and war. There is golden eras and times of despair. Deadly games and lively characters. We will approach the time when the Republic is ripe to fall. The Empire of Rome will be at our doorsteps, with all the glory and vanity of good and bad emperors. We will travel through the Golden Age of Rome, with the well known Five Good Emperors, and then we will watch Rome slide, slowly and inexorably, to its demise. By the time we have reached the fifth century AD, there will be no man or god (true or false) who will save Rome.

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Episode 046 - The Third Samnite War

Episode 46 – The Third Samnite War — That’s right, when the Etruscans heard that Corvus was leading the roman troops, they got into their fort and did not want to come out, not even to check on the weather. For the third time, the Samnites. And some say, third time is a charm. And in this case, it was exactly like that. It’s the last years of Marcus Valerius Corvus’ life. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 46 — The Third Samnite War. Peace reigned supreme in Rome. We are in the year 302 BC, or — as the Roman liked to refer to their years — we are in the year of the consulship of Denter and Paulus. Less than six months ago, peace treaties were ratified by the Senate of Rome, and now — Romans were the masters, of all of Central Italy. And just as we’ve seen in our last episode, there was no shortage of heroes, either. ...

27 MINMAR 6
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Episode 045 - Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor

Episode 45 – Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor — “Fortified camps are to be defended by arms, rather than arms being defended by fortified camps,” Rullianus said. A flashback of an encounter between two heroes of the Samnite Wars. Papirius Cursor and Fabius Rullianus. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 45 — Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor. The Ciminian forest was one of those primitive places — created in the times before gods and humans, and its purpose was to keep Romans and Etruscans apart. There were no roads through it, and even the edges of the forest — the way they looked — they caused utter angst in Rome’s population. Nobody ever dared to get tino the Ciminian forest, up until the fourth century before Christ. What’s more, when the Roman Senate, explicitly gave orders to Consul Fabius Maximus Rullianus to NOT to e...

38 MINFEB 17
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Episode 045 - Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor

Episode 043 - The Appian Way - Part Two

Episode 43 – The Appian Way – Part Two — The wheelbarrow as we know it, made its appearance in Europe around the tenth century, at the height of the Dark Ages. Part Two of the Appian Way. Tools, laws, and lists of other Roman roads, used at the time. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 43 — The Appian Way – Part Two. — “One more step, to your left!” The boy, holding the heavy groma, and some 40 paces away from the surveyor, didn’t hear the order. And so — he didn’t move. — “To the left, I told you,” the surveyor yelled. The boy, now startled, jumped to his left. The poor apprentice couldn’t get a single word, because of the strong gale blowing east from the sea. — “A single step, I told you!” The surveyor was running out of time and patience. “What a stulte, this boy,” he muttered to himself. Stulte was the w...

38 MINJAN 18
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Episode 044 - Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Episode 44 – Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — In order to really appreciate the beauty of a beach, one should not be swimming in the sea, neck-deep in the water. Second installment of our Biography episodes. This time, we tackle Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Partial Transcript Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — two names we heard along this podcast, again and again. This — undoubtedly means, that — as faithful learners of Ancient Rome, we often depend on these two characters, in the same way we depend on what Virgil and Titus Livius wrote, which we’ve seen in our episode 40. We depend on Plutarch for how he described those early beginnings of Rome. We also depend on him for his masterpiece, called “Parallel Lives” and the way he portrayed Romans and Greeks who lived in his times and the times before him. We’ll talk about Parallel Lives a lot more, in this episode. We also depend...

35 MINJAN 18
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Episode 042 - The Appian Way

Episode 42 – The Appian Way — And more than once, it happened that clients would get the wrong door, and walk into the school, before they realized, there were no girls there, but young students instead. The Roman road that would make Rome the undisputed powerhouse of Italy. And the life of Appius Claudius, the maker of that road. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 42 — The Appian Way. No other road, path, or route of communication has changed the history of the western world as much as the Appian Way, today also known as the Old Appian Way. Natural passage points, or itineraries, that people used by land — such as the Silk Road, the Amber Road, and their maritime counterparts — such as the Strait of Gibraltar — they all can claim their own importance, and yes, they did their fair share, to alter history in their own ways. ...

30 MIN2018 SEP 26
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Episode 041 - The End of the Great War

Episode 41 – The End of the Great War — In the end, Gaius Pontius saw that his old father — Herennius Pontius, had been right all along. Samnia now had a deadly enemy called Rome, and all Romans could think of, was vengeance. The end of the Second Samnite War, from the fall of Apulia, to the inspection of Samnia, by Consul Publius Sempronius. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Sanya, in the south of China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome. Episode 41 — The End of the Great War. We are in the year 435 of the Founding of the City. By our accounts, that is the year 319 BC. Early morning. It’s the first day of the year. Not the first day of the Julian Calendar — that would come centuries later — but, the first day of the Calendar, as it was set by Romulus, and Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome. And the business of this first day of the year, was to elect the ...

38 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Episode 041 - The End of the Great War

Episode 040 - Livy and Virgil

Episode 40 – Livy and Virgil — Instead, people die the day nobody ever talks about them, or even thinks about them. A biography episode in The Tale of Rome. We compare and contrast two giants of their time. Livy and Virgil. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 40 — Livy and Virgil. Virgil and Livy — Livy and Virgil. At the end of the day, the order of these two names doesn’t really matter. However — I felt like sharing why I chose to name this episode, the way I did. Our podcast started with a story where a guy named Aeneas was fleeing from a city called Troy. This was obviously brought to us by Virgil. Still — I decided to put Livy’s name first, on the cover of the episode. And no — the reason is NOT their looks. I can promise you that. This is not a beauty contest! But, after I picked the two pictures that ...

23 MIN2018 JUN 7
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Episode 040 - Livy and Virgil

Episode 039 - State of the Union - 320 BC

— From this point of view, I can hardly wait until we get to the Emperors! Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 39 — State of the Union – 320 BC. This is our third episode of the State of the Union, and as I said in our episode 13, at this time we already have many of the styles, and other standards set, for this type of episodes. Slowly, but surely, these episodes — every 13th episode, will become tradition in this podcast. Alright. We find ourselves in the year 320 BC. just after the shameful defeat at the already famous Caudine Forks. So during this episode, we’re going to divide our time into three sections, as follows: ONE — let’s see what happened to those troops on their way to Rome, and what were the next events before closing that year. TWO — we’re going to give our typical eagle flight around the world of Rome...

30 MIN2018 MAY 11
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Episode 039 - State of the Union - 320 BC

Episode 038 - The First Gladiators

Episode 38 – The First Gladiators — The Romans are a people who do NOT know how to remain quiet after a defeat. Part two of the Roman defeat, at the Caudine Forks. Also, a tribute to those very first gladiators of Rome. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 38 — The First Gladiators. If last episode’s thing was closure — or loss, then today’s episode thing is SHAME. Yep — SHAME. Last episode we had closures. The Latin War. Decius Mus. Villages and peoples of Italy. Marcus, the Gladiator. And his mother, Aeliana, who died less than a month after Marcia. In this episode, the topics are shame and humiliation, and we’ll see why. In Rome, news arrived that the troops got caught at the Caudine Forks. No-one knew exactly, how many were caught, and all the details of the event, but this was more...

31 MIN2018 MAY 4
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Episode 038 - The First Gladiators

Episode 037 - The Caudine Forks

— Aeliana’s body was placed on the left side of her husband Lucius’ body. Everything was going fine for the Romans, until they walked into a canyon, and got trapped. The most humiliating defeat for 50,000 Roman soldiers, at the Caudine Forks. Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 37 — The Caudine Forks. During our last episode, we saw the end of many things. Many, many, things. The end of Publius Decius Mus, for he sacrificed himself on the battlefield. The end of Titus Manlius Torcuatus, in the books of Livy, for Livy banned him from his books, after the sacrifice of his own son. The end of the war against the Latins. The end of many peoples of Italy, such as the Sidicines, the Auruncians, the Volsci, and the Campanians, as free people. Yes, some lived on — under the strict yoke of Rome. It was also the end of the Latin League. And, yes — I ...

28 MIN2018 APR 26
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Episode 037 - The Caudine Forks

Latest Episodes

Episode 046 - The Third Samnite War

Episode 46 – The Third Samnite War — That’s right, when the Etruscans heard that Corvus was leading the roman troops, they got into their fort and did not want to come out, not even to check on the weather. For the third time, the Samnites. And some say, third time is a charm. And in this case, it was exactly like that. It’s the last years of Marcus Valerius Corvus’ life. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 46 — The Third Samnite War. Peace reigned supreme in Rome. We are in the year 302 BC, or — as the Roman liked to refer to their years — we are in the year of the consulship of Denter and Paulus. Less than six months ago, peace treaties were ratified by the Senate of Rome, and now — Romans were the masters, of all of Central Italy. And just as we’ve seen in our last episode, there was no shortage of heroes, either. ...

27 MINMAR 6
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Episode 046 - The Third Samnite War

Episode 045 - Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor

Episode 45 – Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor — “Fortified camps are to be defended by arms, rather than arms being defended by fortified camps,” Rullianus said. A flashback of an encounter between two heroes of the Samnite Wars. Papirius Cursor and Fabius Rullianus. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 45 — Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor. The Ciminian forest was one of those primitive places — created in the times before gods and humans, and its purpose was to keep Romans and Etruscans apart. There were no roads through it, and even the edges of the forest — the way they looked — they caused utter angst in Rome’s population. Nobody ever dared to get tino the Ciminian forest, up until the fourth century before Christ. What’s more, when the Roman Senate, explicitly gave orders to Consul Fabius Maximus Rullianus to NOT to e...

38 MINFEB 17
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Episode 045 - Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor

Episode 043 - The Appian Way - Part Two

Episode 43 – The Appian Way – Part Two — The wheelbarrow as we know it, made its appearance in Europe around the tenth century, at the height of the Dark Ages. Part Two of the Appian Way. Tools, laws, and lists of other Roman roads, used at the time. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 43 — The Appian Way – Part Two. — “One more step, to your left!” The boy, holding the heavy groma, and some 40 paces away from the surveyor, didn’t hear the order. And so — he didn’t move. — “To the left, I told you,” the surveyor yelled. The boy, now startled, jumped to his left. The poor apprentice couldn’t get a single word, because of the strong gale blowing east from the sea. — “A single step, I told you!” The surveyor was running out of time and patience. “What a stulte, this boy,” he muttered to himself. Stulte was the w...

38 MINJAN 18
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Episode 043 - The Appian Way - Part Two

Episode 044 - Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Episode 44 – Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — In order to really appreciate the beauty of a beach, one should not be swimming in the sea, neck-deep in the water. Second installment of our Biography episodes. This time, we tackle Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Partial Transcript Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — two names we heard along this podcast, again and again. This — undoubtedly means, that — as faithful learners of Ancient Rome, we often depend on these two characters, in the same way we depend on what Virgil and Titus Livius wrote, which we’ve seen in our episode 40. We depend on Plutarch for how he described those early beginnings of Rome. We also depend on him for his masterpiece, called “Parallel Lives” and the way he portrayed Romans and Greeks who lived in his times and the times before him. We’ll talk about Parallel Lives a lot more, in this episode. We also depend...

35 MINJAN 18
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Episode 044 - Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Episode 042 - The Appian Way

Episode 42 – The Appian Way — And more than once, it happened that clients would get the wrong door, and walk into the school, before they realized, there were no girls there, but young students instead. The Roman road that would make Rome the undisputed powerhouse of Italy. And the life of Appius Claudius, the maker of that road. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 42 — The Appian Way. No other road, path, or route of communication has changed the history of the western world as much as the Appian Way, today also known as the Old Appian Way. Natural passage points, or itineraries, that people used by land — such as the Silk Road, the Amber Road, and their maritime counterparts — such as the Strait of Gibraltar — they all can claim their own importance, and yes, they did their fair share, to alter history in their own ways. ...

30 MIN2018 SEP 26
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Episode 042 - The Appian Way

Episode 041 - The End of the Great War

Episode 41 – The End of the Great War — In the end, Gaius Pontius saw that his old father — Herennius Pontius, had been right all along. Samnia now had a deadly enemy called Rome, and all Romans could think of, was vengeance. The end of the Second Samnite War, from the fall of Apulia, to the inspection of Samnia, by Consul Publius Sempronius. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Sanya, in the south of China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome. Episode 41 — The End of the Great War. We are in the year 435 of the Founding of the City. By our accounts, that is the year 319 BC. Early morning. It’s the first day of the year. Not the first day of the Julian Calendar — that would come centuries later — but, the first day of the Calendar, as it was set by Romulus, and Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome. And the business of this first day of the year, was to elect the ...

38 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Episode 041 - The End of the Great War

Episode 040 - Livy and Virgil

Episode 40 – Livy and Virgil — Instead, people die the day nobody ever talks about them, or even thinks about them. A biography episode in The Tale of Rome. We compare and contrast two giants of their time. Livy and Virgil. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 40 — Livy and Virgil. Virgil and Livy — Livy and Virgil. At the end of the day, the order of these two names doesn’t really matter. However — I felt like sharing why I chose to name this episode, the way I did. Our podcast started with a story where a guy named Aeneas was fleeing from a city called Troy. This was obviously brought to us by Virgil. Still — I decided to put Livy’s name first, on the cover of the episode. And no — the reason is NOT their looks. I can promise you that. This is not a beauty contest! But, after I picked the two pictures that ...

23 MIN2018 JUN 7
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Episode 040 - Livy and Virgil

Episode 039 - State of the Union - 320 BC

— From this point of view, I can hardly wait until we get to the Emperors! Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 39 — State of the Union – 320 BC. This is our third episode of the State of the Union, and as I said in our episode 13, at this time we already have many of the styles, and other standards set, for this type of episodes. Slowly, but surely, these episodes — every 13th episode, will become tradition in this podcast. Alright. We find ourselves in the year 320 BC. just after the shameful defeat at the already famous Caudine Forks. So during this episode, we’re going to divide our time into three sections, as follows: ONE — let’s see what happened to those troops on their way to Rome, and what were the next events before closing that year. TWO — we’re going to give our typical eagle flight around the world of Rome...

30 MIN2018 MAY 11
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Episode 039 - State of the Union - 320 BC

Episode 038 - The First Gladiators

Episode 38 – The First Gladiators — The Romans are a people who do NOT know how to remain quiet after a defeat. Part two of the Roman defeat, at the Caudine Forks. Also, a tribute to those very first gladiators of Rome. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 38 — The First Gladiators. If last episode’s thing was closure — or loss, then today’s episode thing is SHAME. Yep — SHAME. Last episode we had closures. The Latin War. Decius Mus. Villages and peoples of Italy. Marcus, the Gladiator. And his mother, Aeliana, who died less than a month after Marcia. In this episode, the topics are shame and humiliation, and we’ll see why. In Rome, news arrived that the troops got caught at the Caudine Forks. No-one knew exactly, how many were caught, and all the details of the event, but this was more...

31 MIN2018 MAY 4
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Episode 038 - The First Gladiators

Episode 037 - The Caudine Forks

— Aeliana’s body was placed on the left side of her husband Lucius’ body. Everything was going fine for the Romans, until they walked into a canyon, and got trapped. The most humiliating defeat for 50,000 Roman soldiers, at the Caudine Forks. Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 37 — The Caudine Forks. During our last episode, we saw the end of many things. Many, many, things. The end of Publius Decius Mus, for he sacrificed himself on the battlefield. The end of Titus Manlius Torcuatus, in the books of Livy, for Livy banned him from his books, after the sacrifice of his own son. The end of the war against the Latins. The end of many peoples of Italy, such as the Sidicines, the Auruncians, the Volsci, and the Campanians, as free people. Yes, some lived on — under the strict yoke of Rome. It was also the end of the Latin League. And, yes — I ...

28 MIN2018 APR 26
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