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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!

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Vol 3 Ep 54 - BATTLE - The Battle of Adrianople ( 378 )

January 17th, 2021

42:40

378 - A vital crossroads in the timeline of the Roman Empire comes when thousands of Germans come flooding across the Roman border looking for refuge and Romans look to exploit the situation.  Many interesting factors …

Vol 3 Ep 53 - The Celts

January 10th, 2021

48:41

450 BCE - 60 CE - The original barbarians to the Romans, with their appetite for war and their mysterious past.  There are bound to be a thing or two that you never knew about these peoples whose legacy is just as …

Vol 3 Ep 52 - SUMMARY - Ancient Rome, Part Two

January 3rd, 2021

43:47

41 - 476 - The story of the Principate and the Dominate which includes the struggles of the Jews and the rise of Christianity as well as the …

Vol 3 Ep 51 - SUMMARY - Ancient Rome, Part One

December 27th, 2020

53:12

753 BCE - 14 CE - From the foundation of Rome by King Romulus to the beginning of the Empire with Emperor Augustus and everything in between.

Vol 3 Ep 50 - The Fall of the Western Roman Empire

December 20th, 2020

54:22

337 - 476 - The fall of the western Roman Empire is the story of how barbarian tribes had learned and evolved from the empire on its doorstep, and …

Vol 3 Ep 49 - BATTLE - The Battle of the Milvian Bridge ( 312 )

December 13th, 2020

50:06

312 - Was this the battle that caused Christianity to become the globally mighty religion that we know today, or did the Christian scribes of history …

Vol 3 Ep 48 - Ancient Rome: The Reign of Constantine

December 6th, 2020

39:01

305 - 330 - This period begins with the retirement of Diocletian to the opening of the new capital city of Constantinople.  What is Constantine the Great's true legacy to history and was this the end of Classical Rome?

Vol 3 Ep 47 - Ancient Rome: Crisis and Collapse of the Principate

November 29th, 2020

38:10

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 46 - Ancient Rome: The Severan Dynasty

November 22nd, 2020

56:16

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?

Vol 3 Ep 45 - Ancient Rome: The Five Good Emperors

November 15th, 2020

51:12

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?

Vol 3 Ep 44 - EVENT - The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius ( Pompeii )

November 8th, 2020

35:31

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.

Vol 3 Ep 43 - Ancient Rome: The Flavian Dynasty

November 1st, 2020

45:07

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 42 - Ancient Rome: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty

October 25th, 2020

55:00

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 41 - Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire

October 18th, 2020

42:02

509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.

Vol 3 Ep 40 - PROFILE - Cleopatra

October 11th, 2020

54:45

69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?

Vol 3 Ep 39 - BATTLE - The Battle of Actium ( 31 BCE )

October 4th, 2020

44:30

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 38 - The Beginning of the Roman Empire ( Augustus )

September 27th, 2020

48:17

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 …

Unscripted (19) ( Trepanning )

September 20th, 2020

41:10

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 …

Unscripted (18) ( The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World )

September 13th, 2020

41:10

An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.

Vol 3 Ep 37 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part Two

September 6th, 2020

53:40

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 36 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part One

August 30th, 2020

41:28

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 35 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zela ( 47 BCE )

August 23rd, 2020

43:06

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 34 - BATTLE - The Battle of Alesia ( 52 BCE )

August 16th, 2020

48:03

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. …

Vol 3 Ep 33 - BATTLE - The Battle of Carrhae ( 53 BCE )

August 9th, 2020

47:02

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 32 - BATTLE - The Battle of Mount Vesuvius ( 73 BCE ) ( Spartacus )

August 2nd, 2020

47:45

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 31 - Ancient Rome: The Late Roman Republic ( The First Triumvirate )

July 26th, 2020

52:27

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 …

Vol 3 Ep 30 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zama ( 202 BCE )

July 19th, 2020

46:27

202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us.  Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.

Vol 3 Ep 29 - BATTLE - The Battle of Cannae ( 216 BCE )

July 12th, 2020

50:29

216 BCE - If crossing the Alps with 37 elephants wasn't enough to impress you, then what Hannibal achieved at Cannae just a couple of years later defies belief on the deadliest day in the history of Europe before this …

Vol 3 Ep 28 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part Two

July 5th, 2020

52:36

221 - 146 BCE - The incredible story of how Hannibal crossed the Alps with tens of thousands of men and a number of war elephants and penetrated the lands of the Romans in such a way that Rome's very existence was under …

Vol 3 Ep 27 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part One

June 28th, 2020

39:58

264 - 219 BCE - After King Pyrrhus of Epirus left modern Italian lands, much tension existed between the societies and the eventual escalation led to the First Punic War centred in and around the island of Sicily.  See …

Vol 3 Ep 26 - Ancient Rome: The Early Roman Republic

June 21st, 2020

46:08

509 - 272 BCE - With the monarchy abolished, Rome would still continue to have political and social issues as the Conflict of the Orders brought …

Vol 3 Ep 25 - Ancient Rome: The Roman Kingdom

June 14th, 2020

41:08

753 - 509 BCE - The story of Romulus and Remus and the Seven Kings of Rome, but just how much of it was actually true and how much was pure mythology?

SPECIAL - The Picts

June 7th, 2020

42:19

43 - 848 - When the Romans invaded Britain they discovered people who had decorated their bodies with bright colours.  Who were these people and what …

SPECIAL - The House of Vasa

May 31st, 2020

58:10

1523 - 1668 - The House of Vasa was predominantly the royal house of Sweden, but also of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  Its greatest member was …

Vol 3 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part Two

May 24th, 2020

51:41

336 - 30 BCE - A deeper look at the chronology of the Hellenistic world with special attention to some of the academic advances.

Vol 3 Ep 23 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part One

May 17th, 2020

41:28

1200 - 336 BCE - From the fall of the Mycenaeans, to the rise of Alexander the Great, and everything else in between.

Vol 3 Ep 22 - Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Period

May 10th, 2020

42:44

323 - 30 BCE - The sudden imperial expansion of Alexander the Great's Macedonian kingdom had a profound effect on the vast area's diverse cultures.  …

Vol 3 Ep 21 - Ancient Greece: The Diadochi

May 3rd, 2020

51:29

323 - 281 BCE - Meet Philip III and Alexander IV, Antipater, Craterus, Antigonus, Demetrius, Cassander, Eumenes, Seleucus, Polyperchon, Ptolemy, …

Vol 3 Ep 20 - BATTLE - The Battle of Gaugamela ( 331 BCE )

April 26th, 2020

53:11

331 BCE - The inevitable showdown between Alexander the Great and Darius III took place at Gaugamela, in a battle which would change the world as …

Vol 3 Ep 19 - BATTLE - The Battle of Issus ( 333 BCE )

April 19th, 2020

42:54

333 BCE - Alexander the Great had ventured deeper into Persian territory than any other invader.  So Darius decided to make a surprise move to cut him off from his supply lines entrapping him in a narrow mountain pass.

Vol 3 Ep 18 - PROFILE - Alexander the Great

April 12th, 2020

42:42

356 - 323 BCE - In our second profile episode, we look at a man who is arguably the greatest military leader ever, the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great.

Vol 3 Ep 17 - Ancient Greece: The Rise of Macedon

April 5th, 2020

41:49

362 - 335 BCE - With the southern Balkan poleis exhausted through continued warfare, one leader in the north was holding all the cards.  This is the …

Vol 3 Ep 16 - Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Culture

March 29th, 2020

45:53

510 - 323 BCE - Greek Gods, Olympic Games, Oracle of Delphi, architecture, pottery, Great Dionysia, historians, science, mathematics, philosophy and …

Vol 3 Ep 15 - BATTLE - The Battle of Leuctra ( 371 BCE )

March 22nd, 2020

42:48

With Athens a shadow of its former self, the road to glory was left open to the Spartans, but an old adversary called Thebes would have something to …

Vol 3 Ep 14 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part Two

March 15th, 2020

46:12

447 - 404 BCE - The conflict reaches a defining climax as natural events and individual decisions involve much of the Greek speaking world.  Will it …

Vol 3 Ep 13 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part One

March 8th, 2020

43:44

479 - 447 BCE - The Persians had been expelled from the Balkan peninsula. Fate deals its hand to the Greek lands as the region heads towards further …

Vol 3 Ep 12 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part Two

March 1st, 2020

45:08

480 - 479 BCE - The Achaemenid Persians were now able to march on Athens.  Would the Athenians stay and fight, or abandon their city?  Would the …

Vol 3 Ep 11 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part One

February 23rd, 2020

48:48

480 BCE - Following defeat at Marathon, the Persians were back.  Had the Greeks done enough to prepare for the return and would the interminably …

Vol 3 Ep 10 - BATTLE - The Battle of Marathon ( 490 BCE )

February 16th, 2020

50:47

490 BCE - The Achaemenid Persians had been succesfully expanding their influence across the known world, but when the Athenians supported a revolt of …

Vol 3 Ep 9 - Ancient Greece: Greek Colonisation

February 9th, 2020

44:22

750 - 550 BCE - For a couple of centuries, the people of the Greek poleis all jumped into their boats and scattered in all directions.  Where were …

Vol 3 Ep 8 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part Two

February 2nd, 2020

47:40

565 - 493 BCE - The Peisistratid tyranny came under pressure as Athens demanded democracy so vehemently that even the mighty Spartans could not …

Vol 3 Ep 7 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part One

January 26th, 2020

38:19

800 - 565 BCE - We walk through the journey of the Greek capital during the Archaic period and discover what this independent city did to avoid tyranny before succumbing to it.

Vol 3 Ep 6 - Ancient Greece: Dark Age and Archaic Greece

January 19th, 2020

42:04

1200 - 600 BCE - Exactly what did happen in Greece after the Late Bronze Age Collapse and the disappearance of the Mycenaean culture, and what are …

Vol 3 Ep 5 - Ancient Persia: Iranian Religion in Antiquity ( Zoroastrianism )

January 12th, 2020

41:25

609 BCE - 651 CE - What is Zoroastrianism and how did it originate?  Which belief systems did it influence and which belief systems existed alongside it in Iranian lands?  How did the Persian elite view and use …

Vol 3 Ep 4 - Ancient Persia: The Sasanian Empire

January 5th, 2020

45:54

226 - 651 CE - The rise of the Persians who would rule their own traditional lands once again, and the journey through the centuries which would lead …

Vol 3 Ep 3 - Ancient Persia: The Parthian Empire ( & Seleucids )

December 29th, 2019

42:25

329 BCE - 224 CE - Plotting the progress of the Persian Empire after its fall to Alexander the Great, and leading into the incredible and inevitable conflicts with the Romans.

Vol 3 Ep 2 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part Two

December 22nd, 2019

46:09

522 - 329 BCE - A closer look at the dramatic stories of the empire under the rule of Darius the Great, Xerxes I and Darius III.

Vol 3 Ep 1 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part One

December 15th, 2019

42:29

609 - 522 BCE - This episode will bridge the gap between the fall of the Assyrian Empire and the rise of the Achaemenid Empire including the life of Cyrus the Great.

Unscripted (17) ( The Iron Age )

December 9th, 2019

22:22

With this being the last unofficial episode before next week's launch of Volume 3, we take a closer look at the period between the Bronze Age and the …

Unscripted (16)

December 1st, 2019

17:15

A look forward to the subject matter for Volume 3, plus an announcement regarding when the first episode will come out.

Unscripted (15) ( The First Day Ever )

November 24th, 2019

19:15

On what date, in which year was the first day ever?

Unscripted (14) ( Kassites )

November 17th, 2019

23:01

The most successful dynasty of Babylon, in terms of longevity, is not talked about enough, until now.

Unscripted (13)

November 10th, 2019

18:13

A light hearted look at the History of the World podcast's history on YouTube.

Unscripted (12) ( Thutmose III )

November 3rd, 2019

26:19

How does this great 15th century BCE pharaoh of Egypt stack up to the featured pharaoh of volume two of the podcast, Ramesses II?

Unscripted (11) ( Mitanni )

October 27th, 2019

21:48

More to fill those empty weeks between volumes with a brief reminder about who the Mitanni's were and what they did.

Unscripted (10) ( Homo luzonensis )

October 20th, 2019

24:56

A new species of hominin was named in 2019 called Homo luzonensis.  What is it, and where does it fit into our story of human evolution?

Unscripted (9)

October 13th, 2019

14:43

A short and sweet debrief following the conclusion of volume two, and a look ahead at what is coming soon.

Vol 2 Ep 37 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part Two

October 6th, 2019

53:15

1750 - 700 BCE - Continuing the journey through the Bronze Age, crossing over the Late Bronze Age Collapse and into the Iron Age, to a time where …

Vol 2 Ep 36 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part One

September 29th, 2019

42:15

3000 - 1750 BCE - The rise of powerful kingdoms and civilisations in Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus Valley, bronzeworking in Europe and China and …

Vol 2 Ep 35 - Ancient medicine

September 22nd, 2019

40:19

10000 - 700 BCE - The Neolithic Revolution was a huge leap forward for humankind, but it came at a price in regard to our health.  How did we …

Vol 2 Ep 34 - Ancient weaponry

September 15th, 2019

41:47

2500000 - 700 BCE - Why did we start killing each other and how come we were so good at it?

Vol 2 Ep 33 - Archaic Americas

September 8th, 2019

40:50

7000 - 700 BCE - Starting in Mesoamerica, we head south to explore the rainforests, highlands and savannah of South America, before heading to the Arctic tundra and heading south again to the grasslands and woodlands of …

Vol 2 Ep 32 - Chavín culture

September 1st, 2019

40:47

3500 - 200 BCE - In the mysterious Peruvian highlands, people were gathering from far and wide to take a psychedelic journey into a dark labyrinth to meet the ferocious looking jaguar deity of the Chavin.

Vol 2 Ep 31 - The Olmecs

August 25th, 2019

36:05

1600 - 400 BCE - Just what was the Olmec fascination with rubber balls all about?  Did the Olmecs copy the Egyptians by constructing the first Mesoamerican pyramid?

Vol 2 Ep 30 - Ancient China: Shang dynasty

August 18th, 2019

47:19

1750 - 1046 BCE - Plotting the rise and fall of the Shang dynasty where archaeology meets traditional stories.  An incredible bronze age with …

Vol 2 Ep 29 - Neolithic cultures of China

August 11th, 2019

42:50

7000 - 1750 BCE - What happened before the Shang dynasty?  We have the traditional stories to go by, but does it stack up against the archaeological …

Vol 2 Ep 28 - Indo-European languages

August 4th, 2019

42:24

7000 BCE onwards - Proto-Indo-Europeans are believed to have spoken a language ancestral to over four hundred languages of the modern world.  Why do we believe this when there is no firm evidence of a …

Vol 2 Ep 27 - Mohenjo-daro

July 28th, 2019

38:09

2500 - 1600 BCE - The city of Mohenjo-daro has some surprisingly modern civil aspects. This episode explores the discoveries and suggest what they can tell us about the people who lived there.

Vol 2 Ep 26 - Indus Valley Civilisation ( Harappans )

July 21st, 2019

42:17

3300 - 1600 BCE - A mysterious, but peaceful and successful trading civilisation.  Their undeciphered script cannot hide some amazing and unique …

Vol 2 Ep 25 - The Trojan War ( Troy )

July 14th, 2019

45:28

1190 BCE? - The Trojan War is a mythological story about a city called Troy which was attacked after a large wooden horse was pulled into the city …

Vol 2 Ep 24 - Mycenaean Greece

July 7th, 2019

50:34

1600 - 1070 BCE - Mythology and archaeology are the ingredients of a good ancient period story and the Mycenaeans are no exception.  The rise and …

Vol 2 Ep 23 - The Minoan civilisation

June 30th, 2019

44:58

2000 - 1450 BCE - Our first European civilisation takes us to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean where we learn of bare breasted ladies, …

Vol 2 Ep 22 - The History of Writing, Part Two

June 23rd, 2019

38:56

1200 BCE - 900 CE - Alphabets emerged from early writing systems and were so practical that they evolved and supplanted many of the systems in place …

Vol 2 Ep 21 - The History of Writing, Part One

June 16th, 2019

45:40

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.

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?

Vol 2 Ep 19 - Ancient Egypt: Third Intermediate and Late Period

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?

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.

Vol 2 Ep 17 - BATTLE - The Battle of Kadesh ( 1274 BCE )

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 …

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 we are looking at Ramesses II, otherwise known as Ramesses the Great, Pharaoh of the New Kingdom of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Vol 2 Ep 8 - BATTLE - The Siege of Lachish ( 701 BCE )

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 23 - Neolithic 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 …

Vol 1 Ep 22 - Neolithic 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 …

Vol 1 Ep 21 - The origin of 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.

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 …

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 18 - The origin of metallurgy

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 correspondence and other podcasts that have inspired the History of the World podcast.

Unscripted (1)

October 14th, 2018

17:10

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

Vol 1 Ep 17 - The origin of 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 …

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.

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 14 - SUMMARY - The Paleolithic Age

September 16th, 2018

44:39

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

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.

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 …

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?

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

August 19th, 2018

39:05

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

Vol 1 Ep 9 - The origin of Homo sapiens

August 12th, 2018

42:22

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.

Vol 1 Ep 8 - The ice ages

August 5th, 2018

40:02

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 7 - The neanderthals

July 29th, 2018

35:35

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

Vol 1 Ep 6 - Prehistoric speech and language

July 22nd, 2018

29:41

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 …

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

July 15th, 2018

31:53

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 4 - Homo erectus

July 8th, 2018

33:59

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 …

Vol 1 Ep 3 - Homo habilis

July 2nd, 2018

31:18

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.

Vol 1 Ep 2 - The australopithecines ( Lucy )

June 26th, 2018

36:04

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

Vol 1 Ep 1 - Introduction to the Prehistoric World

June 24th, 2018

36:28

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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