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By Mike Duncan

THE ROMAN EMPIRE STANDS because the maximum political fulfillment within the background of Western civilization. From its humble beginnings as a tiny state in relevant Italy, Rome grew to envelope the full Mediterranean till it governed an empire that stretched from the Atlantic to Syria and from the Sahara to Scotland. Its enduring legacy keeps to outline the trendy world.

Mike Duncan chronicled the increase, triumph, and fall of the Roman Empire in his renowned podcast sequence "The background of Rome". Transcripts of the express were edited and picked up the following for the 1st time. masking episodes 1-46, The historical past of Rome quantity I opens with the founding of the Roman nation and ends with the breakdown of the Roman Republic. alongside the best way Rome will gradually develop from neighborhood strength to local strength to worldwide energy. The Romans will conquer their maximum overseas competitors after which approximately break themselves in a chain of harmful civil wars. this is often the tale of the increase of Rome.

Mike Duncan is without doubt one of the optimal heritage podcasters on the planet. His award profitable sequence "The background of Rome" chronologically narrated the full historical past of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. working from 2007-2012, "The heritage of Rome" has generated greater than sixty five million downloads and is still probably the most renowned background podcasts on the web. the iconic approval for "The heritage of Rome" earned it aniTunes better of 2015 award and kinds the foundation for his drawing close booklet “The hurricane sooner than The hurricane: the start of the top of the Roman Republic” (Public Affairs Press). Duncan has persevered this good fortune together with his ongoing sequence "Revolutions" — which thus far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. due to the fact debuting in September 2013, "Revolutions" has generated greater than 18 million downloads. because of the global acclaim for his podcasts, Duncan has led lovers on a couple of sold-out guided excursions of Italy, England and France to go to ancient websites from historical Rome to the French Revolution. Duncan additionally collaborates with illustrator Jason Novak on informative cartoons that humorously clarify the historic context for present occasions. Their paintings has been featured within the New Yorker, The Paris evaluate, The axe, and The Morning information. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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2) Occasionally I wrote a sentence that in retrospect only worked because I read it in a very specific way. From time to time you’ll discover the various clauses of a sentence have been re-ordered to make them not so damn confusing. This is a pretty rare occurrence, but we did change a few along the way 3) Mistakes or inaccuracies are corrected at the point of the mistake. So whenever I said “gotta start this week with a correction…” that correction will have already been made in a footnote attached to the inaccurate statement.

We are the cause of strife; on our account our husbands and fathers lie wounded or dead and we would rather die ourselves than live either widowed or orphaned. 13) Their entreaties moved the opposing armies and peace was made, ultimately joining the Romans and Sabines into one political entity. The abduction episode has lodged itself in the western imagination, commonly referred to as the Rape of the Sabine Women. The event has been depicted by countless painters including Nicolas Poussin, Peter Paul Reubens and Pablo Picasso.

One day, seated on the throne, he was reviewing his troops and a storm blew up. Thunder clapped and Romulus was enveloped by a cloud. When the storm dissipated, the throne was empty and Romulus was gone. The senators who stood beside him searched, but no trace of Romulus was ever found. Livy notes that Romulus was always more popular with the people than he was with the Senate and it is entirely possible he was murdered by the Senators who stood beside him. I find it part of Livy’s charm that he would go out of his way offer a more plausible explanation for the death of such an obviously fictitious character.

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