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History of the World podcast

History of the World podcast

Author: Chris Hasler

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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!
129 Episodes
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222 - 304 - The Roman Empire was on the verge of falling apart until some radical thinking by one particular Emperor looked like it could change the direction and save the future of the Empire.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.
69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?
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.
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.
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.
An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us.  Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.
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Comments (36)

Melanie Paulmery

Hello Chris, I am crazy about your podcast. I'm so glad I came a cross this one. I have listened to volumes 1 and 2 twice! From far my favorite podcast together with the history of English. Thank for sharing so much knowledge. Mélanie from France

Aug 26th
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Dan S

Fantastic work Chris, very well researched and always an engaging listen.

Jul 16th
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Brian Nolan

just started listening and am enjoying learning. Thanks.

Jun 25th
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E.G. Young

Chris, I was so delighted this morning when I checked Castbox for new podcasts of HOTW and discovered that Episode 1 of Vol. 3 is out. I have been avoiding HOTW withdrawal by listening to the unscripted shows, but I am so glad Vol. 3 is now underway. As with all your episodes, Episode 1 of Vol. 3 is expertly presented. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am looking forward to more. Thanks for all the hard work that i know must go into the HOTW podcast. Eric Young (proud HOTW Podcast Illuminati member)

Dec 17th
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Gavin Bussenschutt

Great podcast, was looking for a way to learn about history and think I've found it.

Sep 30th
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Stiles

Fantastic podcast series. I have always loved learning about history, and have given up watching "Normal" TV in favor of documentaries. I have had a more consise and structured learning experience listening to this podcast, then watching nearly 10 years of YT videos. Chris does a fantastic job of explaining historical events, and the most impressive thing is he states opposing viewpoints historians have relating to historical events. Chris is also very clear about what is speculation, based on available facts, compared to what can be proven. The only negative criticism I have, is in reponse to an episode when Chris explains his lack of "credentials" and he doesn't want that to distract from the information he is providing. That, in my opinion, is exactly what makes this series stand out more then most. Academic credentials, tend detract from looking at all viewpoints, unfortunately. Anybody with even a slight interest in history, I believe would enjoy this series and season 2 episode 10 should be required listening for people. Thanks for your time and effort in producing this podcast Chris.

Sep 22nd
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The Derstine

hahaha you're assessment of fertility goddesses fails to notice that worship of the goddess was the first religion with only a minor role for men 😂😂😂. Men didn't even know how reproduction happened. Women obviously understood and put that knowledge to use first. We bled but didn't die. New humans were spawned from our bodies. We likely seemed super human. No men needed, as far as they knew.

Aug 6th
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Happy🏴‍☠️Heritic

CHRIS: PLEASE DON'T EVER APOLOGIZE FOR A "LONGER THAN USUAL" PODCAST EPISODE! YOU ARE AMAZING & I COULD LISTEN FOREVER. Thank you so much for all your hard work, time & effort constructing this remarkable podcast.

Jul 26th
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Happy🏴‍☠️Heritic

THIS IS THE BEST PODCAST!!! CHRIS IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE & HIS NARRATIVE STYLE IS EXCEPTIONAL. I subscribe to several history casts & this one is my favorite. I HIGHLY recommend it!

Jul 26th
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FPS Knifer

What a fantastic resource! When I first found this podcast, I found it so engaging that I was compelled to listen to the entire series in sequence, over the course of a few days. Each episode is so packed with information, I've listened to most of them more than once. Chris is a fantastic presenter and a truly calming presence. I would have loved to have had professors like him back when I was in university. I can highly recommend this show to any person who feels that their knowledge of the progress of human civilization might have some blind spots. Very enlightening!

Jul 5th
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E.G. Young

I am consistently amazed at how informative your podcast is. I found you on Castbox and am now into Volume 2. I listen every day. Keep up the good work! Eric from California.

May 7th
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E.G. Young

I discovered your podcast about three weeks ago, and I'm hooked. I'm an ancient history and prehistory researcher and writer and I think your podcast is brilliant. I'm at Episode 19 and I've enjoyed them all so far. Keep up the good work. Eric from California

Apr 24th
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Enerel Narangerel

I love this podcast! hope you the best. Thank you very much

Feb 9th
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Yukie Tanaka

Liking it very much! :D A fantastic way to study History + English, thanks a lot!

Oct 18th
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Hoi_Pollois

Nope, "descended from monkeys" is where I step off. Apes aren't monkeys.

Oct 4th
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Hoi_Pollois

Opening w that Bible verse was off-putting. It quickly makes scientific sense, however, but still. Staying with.

Oct 4th
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Eden Tosch

love this podcast! its a smart layperson interpretation on history and even though i was mainly interested in the palioanthropology part of the history i will continue to listen as Chris gets modern!

Sep 3rd
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