History of the World podcast

53 EpisodesProduced by History of the World podcast

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!

53 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

21: Vol 2 Ep 21 - The Story of Writing, Part One

June 16th, 2019

45:39

3300 - 1200 BCE - What is writing and why did people start doing it?  We analyse the earliest known writing systems and read between the lines.

20: Vol 2 Ep 20 - SUMMARY - Ancient Egypt

June 9th, 2019

52:53

3150 - 30 BCE - A rapid, rollercoaster ride through three thousand years of drama, dynasties, deities, disputes and development.  Who can resist?

19: Vol 2 Ep 19 - Ancient Egypt: After the New Kingdom

June 2nd, 2019

45:19

1213 - 525 BCE - Just what caused the New Kingdom to collapse and what did Egypt become in the one thousand years between this and Cleopatra?

18: Vol 2 Ep 18 - Ancient Egypt: Religion

May 26th, 2019

46:02

3100 - 30 BCE - The complex pantheon of Egyptian deities and their links to everyday life and other cultures are explored.

17: Vol 2 Ep 17 - BATTLE - The Battle of Kadesh

May 19th, 2019

51:32

1274 BCE - The Hittites have control of the city of Kadesh, but the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II wants it back.  Find out what happens when Ramesses …

16: Vol 2 Ep 16 - PROFILE - Ramesses II

May 12th, 2019

52:36

1303 - 1213 BCE - This is first of our special profile episodes which focus on an historical individual.  This time it we are looking at Ramesses II, otherwise known as Ramesses the Great, Pharaoh of the New Kingdom of …

15: Vol 2 Ep 15 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom

May 5th, 2019

42:40

1620 - 1324 BCE - More specifically the story of the Eighteenth Dynasty, a golden age in Egyptian history.  However, keeping it in the family may not …

14: Vol 2 Ep 14 - Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids

April 28th, 2019

49:50

2600 - 1525 BCE - An attempt to decipher the mystery of the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, The Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as all the other pyramids, the people who built them and their motives and …

13: Vol 2 Ep 13 - Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom

April 21st, 2019

52:59

2040 - 1640 BCE - A new kingdom emerges in the Egyptian lands, but things are slightly different this time, with the Pharaohs needing to build their reputation by displaying those strong leadership qualities that are …

12: Vol 2 Ep 12 - Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom

April 14th, 2019

43:25

3150 - 2134 BCE - From the unification of the Egyptian kingdom through its journey through great prosperity and a golden age of pyramid building, …

11: Vol 2 Ep 11 - SUMMARY - The Ancient Near East

April 7th, 2019

42:27

3000 - 700 BCE - We walk together through the entire journey of Mesopotamia, eastern Anatolia and the Levant during the two thousand year plus …

10: Vol 2 Ep 10 - The Religion of Canaan and Phoenicia

March 31st, 2019

49:48

1200 - 516 BCE - Digging deeper into the spiritual side of the geographical area which gave birth to Judaism and how polytheism turned into …

9: Vol 2 Ep 9 - The Phoenicians

March 24th, 2019

46:12

1200 - 264 BCE - The expert Mediterranean traders that the Greeks called the Phoenicians, who established the important colony of Carthage, the …

8: Vol 2 Ep 8 - BATTLE - The Siege of Lachish

March 17th, 2019

48:23

701 BCE - Assyria under the rule of Sennacherib needed to subjugate the Kingdom of Judah under the rule of Hezekiah.  Sennacherib wanted the Judean …

7: Vol 2 Ep 7 - The Assyrian Empire

March 10th, 2019

51:21

2000 - 610 BCE - The incredible story of an empire that survived the Late Bronze Age Collapse and then dominated the Near East like no other before, …

6: Vol 2 Ep 6 - The Late Bronze Age Collapse

March 3rd, 2019

46:55

1200 - 1050 BCE - All of the societies of the Near East either weakened considerably or disappeared altogether.  What could have possibly happened to …

5: Vol 2 Ep 5 - The Hittites

February 24th, 2019

38:39

1700 - 1200 BCE - The first Indo-Europeans documented arrived in Anatolia and completely changed the face of the Near East, even going toe to toe …

4: Vol 2 Ep 4 - First Babylonian Dynasty ( Hammurabi )

February 17th, 2019

39:52

1900 - 1595 BCE - Semitic speakers from the west had established their own kingdoms throughout Mesopotamia.  The Babylonians became the most powerful …

3: Vol 2 Ep 3 - Ur

February 10th, 2019

52:15

3000 - 2000 BCE - The fascinating rise and fall of this iconic Sumerian city-state and a look at the incredible work of Sir Leonard Woolley.

2: Vol 2 Ep 2 - The Akkadian Empire ( Sargon of Akkad )

February 3rd, 2019

43:37

2300 - 2083 BCE - Sargon the Great conquered Sumer and extended what some refer to as the first Empire.  This is the story of the earliest known civilised Semitic speakers.

1: Vol 2 Ep 1 - Early Dynastic Mesopotamia ( Sumerians )

January 27th, 2019

46:53

3000 - 2340 BCE - The first known civilisation of Mesopotamia.  Separating fact from myth within the first cuneiform writings, and the Sumerian conquest and decline.

Unscripted (8) ( Lascaux )

January 20th, 2019

16:27

We take a brief look at the unignorable prehistoric cave art of Lascaux and why it could have been created.

Unscripted (7) ( Göbekli Tepe )

January 13th, 2019

24:06

We take a brief but closer look at some of the diverse theories relating to the construction and meaning of Göbekli Tepe.

Unscripted (6)

January 6th, 2019

17:42

History of the World podcast welcomes in the New Year with some of your valued messages, an update on the performance of the podcast, and most …

Unscripted (5) - Review of 2018

December 30th, 2018

17:07

Put on your tuxedo or your evening gown for the prestigious 2018 History of the World podcast awards ceremony.

Unscripted (4) ( Piltdown Man )

December 23rd, 2018

18:50

We discuss the incredible story of Piltdown Man as well as provide updates relating to the state of the podcast.

Unscripted (3)

December 16th, 2018

16:51

A brief look forward to the next volume of podcasts focusing on the Ancient World.

24: Vol 1 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Civilisation

December 10th, 2018

37:17

A summary of the Neolithic period of human history covering the period between 10,000 BCE and 3000 BCE.  An attempt to collate all that we have …

23: Vol 1 Ep 23 - Predynastic Egypt

December 2nd, 2018

37:55

A vital look at how the drying out of the Sahara desert forced populations to congregate and adapt along the Nile's banks forcing powerful leaders to …

22: Vol 1 Ep 22 - Early Mesopotamia ( Uruk )

November 25th, 2018

37:24

We explore how all of the Neolithic advances and environmental changes affected the prehistoric peoples and cultures of Mesopotamia previous to the …

21: Vol 1 Ep 21 - The first towns ( Eridu )

November 18th, 2018

36:19

We explore two very fundamental changes to village life in and around the rivers of the Fertile Crescent. Irrigation and the emergence of a class based society.

20: Vol 1 Ep 20 - Megaliths part two ( Stonehenge )

November 11th, 2018

38:12

This week's podcast centres around Stonehenge, but in order to try to understand this most famous of megaliths, we discuss the Neolithic wonders of …

19: Vol 1 Ep 19 - Megaliths part one ( Göbekli Tepe )

November 4th, 2018

45:36

Göbekli Tepe in the Fertile Crescent appears to have marked the start of a megalithic period which ultimately spread across Europe.  Clouded in …

18: Vol 1 Ep 18 - Discovery of metals

October 28th, 2018

45:44

Humans of the Fertile Crescent appear to have started mastering the ability to use metals during the Neolithic period.  We meet Ötzi, who was one of …

Unscripted (2)

October 21st, 2018

19:00

A look at some of the correspondance and other podcasts that have inspired the History of the World podcast.

Unscripted (1)

October 14th, 2018

17:09

A brief look at the history and the future of the History of the World podcast.

17: Vol 1 Ep 17 - The first villages ( Çatalhöyük / Jericho )

October 7th, 2018

43:03

We talk about the emergence of sedentary lifestyles of the Mesolithic and early Neolithic with the interesting story of Tell Abu Hureyra, before …

16: Vol 1 Ep 16 - The spread of agriculture

September 30th, 2018

38:27

The big question to be answered, did farming spread or emerge?  We travel to Europe, the Indus Valley, the Far East and the Americas to find the answer.

15: Vol 1 Ep 15 - The origin of agriculture

September 23rd, 2018

41:21

We try to unravel the mystery of the human transition from the success of nomadic hunter-gathering, to the laborious risks of sedentary agriculture …

14: Vol 1 Ep 14 - SUMMARY - The emergence of man

September 16th, 2018

44:43

We look at at the previous 13 episodes and explore some of the aspects as yet undiscussed including the changing cultures of Old Europe.

13: Vol 1 Ep 13 - Paleolithic art and ritual

September 9th, 2018

40:08

Red ochre, shark teeth, ostrich eggs, lion men, hand stencils, cannibalism, friendly wolves, ritual burials, animal masks and big buttocks.

12: Vol 1 Ep 12 - Hunter-gatherers

September 2nd, 2018

39:03

A look back at our changing diet and the ways and means in which we had to evolve ourselves and our technologies to succeed in the ever changing and …

11: Vol 1 Ep 11 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part Two

August 26th, 2018

37:40

Modern humans expand to Japan, America and Europe, but what happened when they met the neanderthals for the final time?

10: Vol 1 Ep 10 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part One

August 19th, 2018

39:09

This podcast is heading for Australia, stopping at Israel, Denisova, Flores and Wallacea.  Please remember to pick up all of your belongings.

9: Vol 1 Ep 9 - The origin of Homo sapiens

August 12th, 2018

42:26

Social media indicates that we love talking about ourselves, so let's do it.  Let's talk about ourselves, the modern human, and how it all started from 300,000 years ago in Africa.

8: Vol 1 Ep 8 - The ice ages

August 5th, 2018

40:05

Find out about the geological science behind glaciation studies, the effect that ice ages have had on our ancestors and the story of Napi being …

7: Vol 1 Ep 7 - The neanderthals

July 29th, 2018

35:41

The highly anticipated neanderthals, our rugged cousin who appeared to be quite brutish but was surprisingly intelligent.  Quite possibly someone who …

6: Vol 1 Ep 6 - Prehistoric speech and language

July 22nd, 2018

29:45

How is it that we can talk?  Why are we the only animal that can successfully produce audio podcasts that can be listened to and understood?  And who …

5: Vol 1 Ep 5 - Lower paleolithic stone tools ( Olduvai Gorge )

July 15th, 2018

31:57

Let us put some flesh on the bones of our prehistoric hominin story, and discover what our ancestors created to get carved flesh from the bones of …

4: Vol 1 Ep 4 - Homo erectus

July 8th, 2018

34:04

Homo erectus, as the name would suggest, is the first fully upright human and it was definitely a migratory species.  Find out more about the …

3: Vol 1 Ep 3 - Homo habilis

July 2nd, 2018

31:22

Homo habilis is thought to be the first species of human to have lived.  Find out who he was and who else lived around him.

2: Vol 1 Ep 2 - The australopithecines ( Lucy )

June 26th, 2018

33:31

They were alive from around 5 million to 2 million years ago, slowly evolving in East Africa and trying to become human.

1: Vol 1 Ep 1 - Introduction to the Prehistoric World

June 24th, 2018

29:04

This episode introduces the podcast and begins our journey from 66 million years ago through to the first ancestors of modern humans around 6 million years ago.

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