In 410 AD, with the last remaining Roman legions being called to defend the mainland against Germanic invaders, Emperor Honorius advised the people of Britain to “look to their own defenses”, a statement which effectively ended the island’s connection to the Roman empire. In the power vacuum that ensued, Britain was left divided and in […]Read More Saxons Introduction
Vikings. Or Northmen, Pagans, Foreigners, Rus. These and many names were given to the people who came to be one of the greatest nuisances to Europe after the Barbaric invasion and the great crisis that ended the Roman Empire. They were so feared that the Church even declared that the apocalypse was near and the […]Read More Vikings Introduction
Get Bonus Episodes: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast It was one of the greatest deeds in the history of the Roman Empire – the glorious but brief restoration of the Western Roman provinces, the capture of Rome, and the series of month-long sieges in order to take back major Italian cities. From 535 to 554 AD, the Byzantines and […]Read More Justinian’s Reconquest (535-554 AD)
Help us make (and remake!) more episodes – http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast This episode was reproduced on the 27th of April 2020. No longer will the SPQR flag dominate Europe as the enforcer of peace and civilisation. Rome is about to witness its own gory demise, drawn out over more than two centuries and fraught with barbarian incursions, […]Read More (REMADE!) Fall of Rome
I haven’t done of these summaries in a long time, so I decided I would read over chapter 7 again and write down a brief overview of the happenings so far. Hopefully this helps you in some way.Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch7]
The archaeological find you see above is called an “aureus” and is one of the most valuable and high-quality coins that were issued, minting and distributed during the late Roman Republic and Empire, up until the about the 4th century.Read More Roman Coins “Pecunia”
In the fifth chapter of Livy’s work, we see Romulus escape capture, Remus taken for punishment to the King, and the assassination of the treacherous usurper Amulius. Here is my brief summary of chapter 5 of the first books – enjoy 🙂 Romulus and Remus were celebrating the festival of Lupercalia – founded by Evander, […]Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch5]
It’s getting a little bit more interesting here; we’re almost at the founding of Rome. Here is the brief summary of chapter 4…Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch4]
The food of Ancient Rome is often called the “most rounded and balanced diet of the ancient world”. And if you know the variety of different meats, vegetables and cheeses they ate, it’s not hard to see why. Although it is debatable whether they were better fed than their surrounding Mediterranean neighbours, we can be […]Read More Meet the Romans – What did they eat? [Ep2]
During the Imperial Period, the Romans constructed hundreds of thousands of miles of paved and unpaved roads to connect provinces, towns and ports and enable widespread military mobilization within and outside the Empire’s borders.Read More Meet the Romans – On the march [Ep1]
Doubtless we all know the Romans – the huge Empire, magnificent buildings and incredible works of literature. But it is often hard to discern how much of Ancient Roman civilisation has been carried on into modern day life, and whether they’ve benefitted us in any great way.Read More What did the Romans even do for us?
… and much more in the rise of this glorious Empire. This is The Augustus, and today we’ll be talking about the industrialisation of a small Latin community into an thriving urban superpower, and what it was like to live in the “city of marble”.Read More Take a tour of Ancient Rome….
Eventually, the sun set on the Roman Empire in 476 AD when Odoacer entered Rome and deposed Romulus Augustus, the last Latin Emperor. Reasons for why Rome fell are still being debated today – but here are the most important factors for its dissolution.Read More Why Did Rome Fall?