History of the World podcast
By Chris Hasler
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!
Looking ahead to the next volume of podcasts, we whet our appetites with the prospect of medieval Japan and it's transition from seasonal farmers to samurai warriors. We also catch up with your messages and reviews.
September 20, 2021
Unscripted (28) ( Jewish-Roman Wars )
Welcome along to yet another unscripted episode where we pay particular attention to the Jews of Jerusalem and how their troublesome journey through Classical Antiquity led to numerous conflicts with the Romans and their ultimate expulsion.
September 13, 2021
Another look ahead to Volume Four where we will focus on the lands of India and China, and track the rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongols. We hear more of your e-mail and reviews.
September 6, 2021
Unscripted (26) ( Xiongnu )
The Xiongnu were more than a match for their powerful Chinese neighbours during the early imperial years of China. They were the reason behind the Chinese desire to start construction of the Great Wall. Who were they and what happened to them?
August 30, 2021
A look ahead to the material of Volume Four where the spread of Christian and Muslim societies brought them into conflict with each other, other peoples and themselves in the lead up to the Renaissance.
August 23, 2021
Another look forward to Volume Four and an insight into some of the episodes which take us through European politics after the fall of the Western Roman Empire through to the creation of medieval kingdoms and their Christianisation which led to the Crusades after the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem and introduced a less tolerant religious attitude.
August 16, 2021
Unscripted (23) ( Aksum )
We take a brief trip to the Horn of Africa and the lands of the Blue Nile which became a significant trade centre as the gateway between the Red Sea and the oceans beyond.
August 8, 2021
A spoiler for the start of Volume 4 as we look at what to expect from the volume's opening episodes. As ever, we read out your e-mails and reviews as well as welcoming the latest set of members into the History of the World podcast illuminati.
August 2, 2021
Unscripted (21) ( Ancient Olympic Games )
An informal chat about the emergence and disappearance of the ancient sporting tradition that lasted for centuries called the Olympic Games.
July 26, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 79 - SUMMARY - The Classical World, Part Four
200 - 600 - The Sasanians were firmly in control of their Silk Road branch while Rome and China languished. This period saw the rise of the Gupta, Maya and Aksumites but was also the age of the mysterious Hunnic tribes of the Eurasian Steppe.
July 18, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 78 - SUMMARY - The Classical World, Part Three
100 BCE - 200 CE - The emergence of the Silk Road saw the rise and fall of four great global empires and the spread of trade encouraged the spread of philosophy and religion across the whole of the Eurasian landmass.
July 11, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 77 - SUMMARY - The Classical World, Part Two
400 - 100 BCE - Classical cultures flourished very quickly during this period. Empires grew to significant proportions and this time, not just in one area of the world.
July 4, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 76 - SUMMARY - The Classical World, Part One
700 - 400 BCE - From the time when the Assyrians were the greatest power on the planet, a sudden surge of culture and learning from east to west would bring the world forward from a relative dark age to an age of modern thinking.
June 27, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 75 - Classic Period Maya
250 - 900 - Before the canoe building Mayans that Europeans encountered, Mayan ancestors dominated the Guatemala highlands hidden in the dense rainforest and building great temples and palaces to honour their traditions and rituals.
June 20, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 74 - Teotihuacán
600 BCE - 750 CE - The greatest multi-pyramid site of the Americas and a very mysterious home to some of the most comfortable regular citizens of the entire ancient world.
June 13, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 73 - The Zapotecs
500 BCE - 750 CE - Ethnic Zapotecs make up part of the modern Mexican population today, but they were once the dominant civilisation of Mesoamerica. The Classical Age Zapotec Empire ruled from the stratified city of Monte Albán.
June 6, 2021
A look back at some of the e-mails and reviews of the week including an interesting listener question relating to negative reactions to the History of the World podcast.
May 31, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 72 - Early Intermediate Peru ( Nazca / Moche )
100 BCE - 800 CE - The Nazca and the Moche were the two main cultures to emerge in the remnant of the Chavín. We will explore the incredible large geoglyphs that were created on the desert landscape and take a closer look at what the temple sites can tell us about the lifestyle of these people.
May 23, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 71 - The Silk Road
30 - 230 - The episode required to tie together all of the previous seventy episodes of this volume. East meets west as Han China negotiates the Kushan Empire and the Parthian Empire to develop a trade relationship with the Roman Empire, with the same intention occurring in the reverse direction.
May 16, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 70 - Ancient China: China's Dark Ages
220 - 581 - The incredibly complex period of Chinese history which was distinguished by the pushing of centralised power to the south and the establishment of competing kingdoms of various ethnicities in the north. This is the story of how China eventually reunified after the fall of the Han.
May 9, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 69 - BATTLE - The Battle of Red Cliffs ( 208 )
208 - This is the legendary story of the Three Kingdoms of China and how the warlords Cao Cao, Liu Bei and Sun Quan could not overcome one another, meaning that China would have to be split into three separate kingdoms, Cao Wei, Shu Han and Eastern Wu.
May 2, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 68 - Ancient China: The Han Dynasty, Part Two
108 BCE - 208 CE - While trade and subjugation brings wealth, corruption and warfare brings expense, and The Han Dynasty's later years tells the story of this precarious balancing act and its consequences.
April 25, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 67 - Ancient China: The Han Dynasty, Part One
210 - 108 BCE - Some of the great characters of ancient China lived through this period such as Liu Bang and his consort Empress Lu, the great patriarchal leader of the Xiongnu Empire, Modu Chanyu, and then later on the Emperor Wu with his well traveled envoy Zhang Qian.
April 18, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 66 - Ancient China: The Qin Dynasty
900 - 210 BCE - How the outlying Qin state come to rule over the whole of China, and the unique story of the first emperor and how this short lived dynasty has left an immortal legacy for the emperor who wanted to be immortal.
April 11, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 65 - Ancient China: The Zhou Dynasty
1046 - 256 BCE - The longest of all dynasties in Chinese history but certainly not the strongest. This episode covers the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period with special reference to Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism.
April 4, 2021
BONUS - Nick Barksdale interviews Chris Hasler
2019 - Between the publication of Volume Two and Volume Three, Chris was interviewed by the man behind the successful YouTube channel, the Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Nick Barksdale. Here is the audio version.
March 29, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 64 - Abrahamic Religion ( Christianity / Islam / Judaism )
1300 BCE - 900 CE - History has seen repeated tensions between the three Abrahamic religions whose history is intertwined and all come from the same original theory of there being one almighty God. The different interpretations of God's teachings have divided the monotheistic followers into distinct religions and sects of those religions too.
March 28, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 63 - Ancient Indian Religion ( Buddhism / Hinduism )
3300 BCE - 570 CE - How did Hinduism and Buddhism emergence and how did each religion cope with the fragmentation or their followers? Why do we see so little of Buddhism in India despite the continued protection and preservation of the Bodhi Tree there?
March 21, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 62 - The Gupta Empire
320 - 570 - Indian lands ruled by Indian people. The lands of the subcontinent moved forward into their own prosperous Classical Age. Find out what they did and how this era came and went.
March 14, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 61 - The Kushan Empire
30 - 375 - They migrated across the steppe as nomads and then plugged a gap between all of the mightiest empires of the world. They controlled the interesting new trade route between east and west, but no-one talks about them much by comparison. That is until this week!
March 7, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 60 - PROFILE - Ashoka the Great
304 - 232 BCE - One of history's most profoundly affected emperors who would have to turn to religion in order to combat his guilt. Find out how Ashoka affected Buddhism and how Buddhism affected Ashoka.
February 28, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 59 - The Maurya Empire
600 - 185 BCE - It's time to bring our story of the Indian subcontinent up to date with particular focus of Chandragupta Maurya, Chanakya and Ashoka the Great, and the emergence of the early Vedic religions.
February 21, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 58 - BATTLE - The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains ( 451 )
451 - In an era of kings and commanders, all of central Europe picked their side and clashed on the Catalaunian plains. The battle was so brutal that it never ended.
February 14, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 57 - The Huns ( Attila )
370 - 469 - Attila the Hun was a very real threat to both the Eastern and Western Roman Empires. How could a simple leader of the barbarian confederation cause so much terror to the most dominant players in Europe?
February 7, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 56 - The Scythians
1000 - 100 BCE - Who's in for a round of drug-fueled blood drinking, alongside cutting chunks out of your own ears and fastening as many human scalps as possible onto your horse's bridle to see who the greatest warrior of the Steppe is?
January 31, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 55 - Migration Period of Europe
300 - 570 - In an episode that could turn out to be worse than a sports programme reporting on a draft or a transfer window, we find out who was going where and at what price during the middle of the first millennium in Europe.
January 24, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 54 - BATTLE - The Battle of Adrianople ( 378 ) ( Goths )
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 will contribute to the outcome which will leave scars in the minds of everyone involved.
January 17, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 53 - The Celts
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 strong as the Romans.
January 10, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 52 - SUMMARY - Ancient Rome, Part Two
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 pressures from the barbarians and the factors that led to the ultimate split of the Empire and the fall of the West.
January 3, 2021
Vol 3 Ep 51 - SUMMARY - Ancient Rome, Part One
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.
December 27, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 50 - The Fall of the Western Roman Empire
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 when the Huns arrived in Europe, how those tribes were forced to pressurise the Romans and the subsequent consequences.
December 20, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 49 - BATTLE - The Battle of the Milvian Bridge ( 312 )
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 use Constantine as a propaganda tool to push the word of Jesus into the consciousness of everybody?
December 13, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 48 - Ancient Rome: The Reign of Constantine
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?
December 6, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 47 - Ancient Rome: Crisis and Collapse of the Principate
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.
November 29, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 46 - Ancient Rome: The Severan Dynasty
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?
November 22, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 45 - Ancient Rome: The Five Good Emperors
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?
November 15, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 44 - EVENT - The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius ( Pompeii )
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.
November 8, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 43 - Ancient Rome: The Flavian Dynasty
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.
November 1, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 42 - Ancient Rome: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
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.
October 25, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 41 - Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire
509 BCE - 284 CE - A whistle-stop tour of some of the aspects of Rome and how some of them changed over time.
October 18, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 40 - PROFILE - Cleopatra
69 - 30 BCE - One of the most famous women of ancient and classical history, but was she the irresistible lady that we might expect?
October 11, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 39 - BATTLE - The Battle of Actium ( 31 BCE )
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.
October 4, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 38 - The Beginning of the Roman Empire ( Augustus )
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.
September 27, 2020
Unscripted (19) ( Trepanning )
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.
September 20, 2020
Unscripted (18) ( The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World )
An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.
September 13, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 37 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part Two
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.
September 6, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 36 - PROFILE - Julius Caesar, Part One
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.
August 30, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 35 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zela ( 47 BCE )
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.
August 23, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 34 - BATTLE - The Battle of Alesia ( 52 BCE )
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.
August 16, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 33 - BATTLE - The Battle of Carrhae ( 53 BCE )
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.
August 9, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 32 - BATTLE - The Battle of Mount Vesuvius ( 73 BCE ) ( Spartacus )
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?
August 2, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 31 - Ancient Rome: The Late Roman Republic ( The First Triumvirate )
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.
July 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 30 - BATTLE - The Battle of Zama ( 202 BCE )
202 BCE - This world isn't big enough for both of us. Carthage under Hannibal takes on Rome under Scipio.
July 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 29 - BATTLE - The Battle of Cannae ( 216 BCE )
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 battle.
July 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 28 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part Two
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 threat. Who won the war and what was the ultimate consequence?
July 5, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 27 - Ancient Rome: The Punic Wars, Part One
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 what happens to the economies of two mighty powerhouses when each of them refuses to back down.
June 28, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 26 - Ancient Rome: The Early Roman Republic
509 - 272 BCE - With the monarchy abolished, Rome would still continue to have political and social issues as the Conflict of the Orders brought tensions between the patricians and the plebeians and threatened to halt Roman expansion before it even began.
June 21, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 25 - Ancient Rome: The Roman Kingdom
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?
June 14, 2020
SPECIAL - The Picts
43 - 848 - When the Romans invaded Britain they discovered people who had decorated their bodies with bright colours. Who were these people and what became of them?
June 7, 2020
SPECIAL - The House of Vasa
1523 - 1668 - The House of Vasa was predominantly the royal house of Sweden, but also of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Its greatest member was Gustavus Adolphus the Great.
May 31, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part Two
336 - 30 BCE - A deeper look at the chronology of the Hellenistic world with special attention to some of the academic advances.
May 24, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 23 - SUMMARY - Ancient Greece, Part One
1200 - 336 BCE - From the fall of the Mycenaeans, to the rise of Alexander the Great, and everything else in between.
May 17, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 22 - Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Period
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. This episode explores that effect.
May 10, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 21 - Ancient Greece: The Diadochi
323 - 281 BCE - Meet Philip III and Alexander IV, Antipater, Craterus, Antigonus, Demetrius, Cassander, Eumenes, Seleucus, Polyperchon, Ptolemy, Lysimachus and Peithon among others.
May 3, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 20 - BATTLE - The Battle of Gaugamela ( 331 BCE )
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 everyone know it forever.
April 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 19 - BATTLE - The Battle of Issus ( 333 BCE )
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.
April 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 18 - PROFILE - Alexander the Great
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.
April 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 17 - Ancient Greece: The Rise of Macedon
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 story of Philip II of Macedon's achievements.
April 5, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 16 - Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Culture
510 - 323 BCE - Greek Gods, Olympic Games, Oracle of Delphi, architecture, pottery, Great Dionysia, historians, science, mathematics, philosophy and education all rolled up into one complete episode.
March 29, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 15 - BATTLE - The Battle of Leuctra ( 371 BCE )
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 say about it.
March 22, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 14 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part Two
447 - 404 BCE - The conflict reaches a defining climax as natural events and individual decisions involve much of the Greek speaking world. Will it be Athens or Sparta who prevails?
March 15, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 13 - Ancient Greece: Peloponnesian War, Part One
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 conflict.
March 8, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 12 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part Two
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 Spartans assist the Athenians, or would either polis put itself in front of their alliance now that the pressure was so high?
March 1, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 11 - Second Persian Invasion of Greece, Part One
480 BCE - Following defeat at Marathon, the Persians were back. Had the Greeks done enough to prepare for the return and would the interminably militant force of Sparta make the difference?
February 23, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 10 - BATTLE - The Battle of Marathon ( 490 BCE )
490 BCE - The Achaemenid Persians had been succesfully expanding their influence across the known world, but when the Athenians supported a revolt of Greek people within the Persian Empire, the Achaemenids sought revenge.
February 16, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 9 - Ancient Greece: Greek Colonisation
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 they going? What were they doing? Why were they doing it?
February 9, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 8 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part Two
565 - 493 BCE - The Peisistratid tyranny came under pressure as Athens demanded democracy so vehemently that even the mighty Spartans could not impose their authority over the Athenians.
February 2, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 7 - Ancient Greece: Ancient Athens, Part One
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.
January 26, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 6 - Ancient Greece: Dark Age and Archaic Greece
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 poleis?
January 19, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 5 - Ancient Persia: Iranian Religion in Antiquity ( Zoroastrianism )
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 Zoroastrianism in their respective empires?
January 12, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 4 - Ancient Persia: The Sasanian Empire
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 them to the ultimate climax against the Romans at Constantinople.
January 5, 2020
Vol 3 Ep 3 - Ancient Persia: The Parthian Empire ( & Seleucids )
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.
December 29, 2019
Vol 3 Ep 2 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part Two
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.
December 22, 2019
Vol 3 Ep 1 - Ancient Persia: The Achaemenid Empire, Part One
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.
December 15, 2019
Unscripted (17) ( The Iron Age )
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 Classical Age.
December 9, 2019
A look forward to the subject matter for Volume 3, plus an announcement regarding when the first episode will come out.
December 1, 2019
Unscripted (15) ( The First Day Ever )
On what date, in which year was the first day ever?
November 24, 2019
Unscripted (14) ( Kassites )
The most successful dynasty of Babylon, in terms of longevity, is not talked about enough, until now.
November 17, 2019
A light hearted look at the History of the World podcast's history on YouTube.
November 10, 2019
Unscripted (12) ( Thutmose III )
How does this great 15th century BCE pharaoh of Egypt stack up to the featured pharaoh of volume two of the podcast, Ramesses II?
November 3, 2019
Unscripted (11) ( Mitanni )
More to fill those empty weeks between volumes with a brief reminder about who the Mitanni's were and what they did.
October 27, 2019
Unscripted (10) ( Homo luzonensis )
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?
October 20, 2019
A short and sweet debrief following the conclusion of volume two, and a look ahead at what is coming soon.
October 13, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 37 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part Two
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 history meets the origin of modern religion.
October 6, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 36 - SUMMARY - The Ancient World, Part One
3000 - 1750 BCE - The rise of powerful kingdoms and civilisations in Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus Valley, bronzeworking in Europe and China and long distance trade and construction in the Americas.
September 29, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 35 - Ancient medicine
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 interpret these new ailments and diseases and how did we combat them?
September 22, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 34 - Ancient weaponry
2500000 - 700 BCE - Why did we start killing each other and how come we were so good at it?
September 15, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 33 - Archaic Americas
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 the modern United States.
September 8, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 32 - Chavín culture
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.
September 1, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 31 - The Olmecs
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?
August 25, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 30 - Ancient China: Shang dynasty
1750 - 1046 BCE - Plotting the rise and fall of the Shang dynasty where archaeology meets traditional stories. An incredible bronze age with innovative techniques and the comparison of cultural advances with the rest of the world.
August 18, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 29 - Neolithic cultures of China
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 evidence?
August 11, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 28 - Indo-European languages
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 Proto-Indo-European language though?
August 4, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 27 - Mohenjo-daro
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.
July 28, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 26 - Indus Valley Civilisation ( Harappans )
3300 - 1600 BCE - A mysterious, but peaceful and successful trading civilisation. Their undeciphered script cannot hide some amazing and unique aspects.
July 21, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 25 - The Trojan War ( Troy )
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 secretly containing Greek warriors. Is there any chance that it could be based on truth?
July 14, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 24 - Mycenaean Greece
1600 - 1070 BCE - Mythology and archaeology are the ingredients of a good ancient period story and the Mycenaeans are no exception. The rise and fall of the first civilised mainland Greeks.
July 7, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 23 - The Minoan civilisation
2000 - 1450 BCE - Our first European civilisation takes us to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean where we learn of bare breasted ladies, bull-leaping, huge palaces and the ferocious Minotaur in the labrynth.
June 30, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 22 - The History of Writing, Part Two
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 around the world. Find out how.
June 23, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 21 - The History of Writing, Part One
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.
June 16, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 20 - SUMMARY - Ancient Egypt
3150 - 30 BCE - A rapid, rollercoaster ride through three thousand years of drama, dynasties, deities, disputes and development. Who can resist?
June 9, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 19 - Ancient Egypt: Third Intermediate and Late Period
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?
June 2, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 18 - Ancient Egypt: Religion
3100 - 30 BCE - The complex pantheon of Egyptian deities and their links to everyday life and other cultures are explored.
May 26, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 17 - BATTLE - The Battle of Kadesh ( 1274 BCE )
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 takes 20,000 men and 2000 chariots into the lands of modern Syria to conquer the city.
May 19, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 16 - PROFILE - Ramesses II
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 Egypt.
May 12, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 15 - Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom
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 have necessarily been beneficial to the Royal Family.
May 5, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 14 - Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids
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 methods.
April 28, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 13 - Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom
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 needed to keep the Egyptian society bonded together.
April 21, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 12 - Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom
3150 - 2134 BCE - From the unification of the Egyptian kingdom through its journey through great prosperity and a golden age of pyramid building, right through to its subsequent fall towards the end of the third millennium BCE.
April 14, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 11 - SUMMARY - The Ancient Near East
3000 - 700 BCE - We walk together through the entire journey of Mesopotamia, eastern Anatolia and the Levant during the two thousand year plus ancient era of the Near East.
April 7, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 10 - The Religion of Canaan and Phoenicia
1200 - 516 BCE - Digging deeper into the spiritual side of the geographical area which gave birth to Judaism and how polytheism turned into monotheism. We try to uncover the true identity of God.
March 31, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 9 - The Phoenicians
1200 - 264 BCE - The expert Mediterranean traders that the Greeks called the Phoenicians, who established the important colony of Carthage, the principal centre of Phoenician politics.
March 24, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 8 - BATTLE - The Siege of Lachish ( 701 BCE )
701 BCE - Assyria under the rule of Sennacherib needed to subjugate the Kingdom of Judah under the rule of Hezekiah. Sennacherib wanted the Judean capital city of Jerusalem, but first he would need to take the city of Lachish.
March 17, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 7 - The Assyrian Empire
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, with iron age technology and an aggressive foreign policy.
March 10, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 6 - The Late Bronze Age Collapse
1200 - 1050 BCE - All of the societies of the Near East either weakened considerably or disappeared altogether. What could have possibly happened to cause this dramatic turn of events?
March 3, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 5 - The Hittites
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 with the mighty Egyptians, as well as the revived Assyrians.
February 24, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 4 - First Babylonian Dynasty ( Hammurabi )
1900 - 1595 BCE - Semitic speakers from the west had established their own kingdoms throughout Mesopotamia. The Babylonians became the most powerful of the first half of the second millennium BCE especially under the lawmaker king, Hammurabi.
February 17, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 3 - Ur
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.
February 10, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 2 - The Akkadian Empire ( Sargon of Akkad )
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.
February 3, 2019
Vol 2 Ep 1 - Early Dynastic Mesopotamia ( Sumerians )
3000 - 2340 BCE - The first known civilisation of Mesopotamia. Separating fact from myth within the first cuneiform writings, and the Sumerian conquest and decline.
January 27, 2019
Unscripted (8) ( Lascaux )
We take a brief look at the unignorable prehistoric cave art of Lascaux and why it could have been created.
January 20, 2019
Unscripted (7) ( Göbekli Tepe )
We take a brief but closer look at some of the diverse theories relating to the construction and meaning of Göbekli Tepe.
January 13, 2019
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 importantly of all, an announcement about the start of Volume 2.
January 6, 2019
Unscripted (5) - Review of 2018
Put on your tuxedo or your evening gown for the prestigious 2018 History of the World podcast awards ceremony.
December 30, 2018
Unscripted (4) ( Piltdown Man )
We discuss the incredible story of Piltdown Man as well as provide updates relating to the state of the podcast.
December 23, 2018
A brief look forward to the next volume of podcasts focusing on the Ancient World.
December 16, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 24 - SUMMARY - Civilisation
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 learned from Episodes 15 through to 23.
December 10, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 23 - Neolithic Egypt
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 take the future of Egypt into their own hands.
December 2, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 22 - Neolithic Mesopotamia ( Uruk )
We explore how all of the Neolithic advances and environmental changes affected the prehistoric peoples and cultures of Mesopotamia previous to the ancient dynastic Sumerian period.
November 25, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 21 - The origin of towns ( Eridu )
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.
November 18, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 20 - Megaliths, Part Two ( Stonehenge )
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 the Orkney Islands and the Carnac Stones of Brittany.
November 11, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 19 - Megaliths, Part One ( Göbekli Tepe )
Göbekli Tepe in the Fertile Crescent appears to have marked the start of a megalithic period which ultimately spread across Europe. Clouded in mystery, we endeavour to uncover the facts.
November 4, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 18 - The origin of metallurgy
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 the first coppersmiths of Europe.
October 28, 2018
A look at some of the correspondence and other podcasts that have inspired the History of the World podcast.
October 21, 2018
A brief look at the history and the future of the History of the World podcast.
October 14, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 17 - The origin of villages ( Çatalhöyük / Jericho )
We talk about the emergence of sedentary lifestyles of the Mesolithic and early Neolithic with the interesting story of Tell Abu Hureyra, before tackling the hugely famous sites of Çatalhöyük and Jericho.
October 7, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 16 - The spread of agriculture
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.
September 30, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 15 - The origin of agriculture
We try to unravel the mystery of the human transition from the success of nomadic hunter-gathering, to the laborious risks of sedentary agriculture and farming.
September 23, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 14 - SUMMARY - The Paleolithic Age
We look at at the previous 13 episodes and explore some of the aspects as yet undiscussed including the changing cultures of Old Europe.
September 16, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 13 - Paleolithic art and ritual
Red ochre, shark teeth, ostrich eggs, lion men, hand stencils, cannibalism, friendly wolves, ritual burials, animal masks and big buttocks.
September 9, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 12 - Hunter-gatherers
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 differing environments of the world.
September 2, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 11 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part Two
Modern humans expand to Japan, America and Europe, but what happened when they met the neanderthals for the final time?
August 26, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 10 - The spread of Homo sapiens, Part One
This podcast is heading for Australia, stopping at Israel, Denisova, Flores and Wallacea. Please remember to pick up all of your belongings.
August 19, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 9 - The origin of Homo sapiens
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.
August 12, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 8 - The ice ages
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 chased across Canada by a sixteen thousand tonne quartzite rock.
August 5, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 7 - The neanderthals
The highly anticipated neanderthals, our rugged cousin who appeared to be quite brutish but was surprisingly intelligent. Quite possibly someone who would be up for going to a pub quiz with you.
July 29, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 6 - Prehistoric speech and language
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 wants to get to know Washoe the chimpanzee?
July 22, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 5 - Lower paleolithic stone tools ( Olduvai Gorge )
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 animals. We investigate the technological advances from over three million years ago up to the last million years.
July 15, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 4 - Homo erectus
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 journeys and advancements of human evolution in this episode.
July 8, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 3 - Homo habilis
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.
July 2, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 2 - The australopithecines ( Lucy )
They were alive from around 5 million to 2 million years ago, slowly evolving in East Africa and trying to become human.
June 26, 2018
Vol 1 Ep 1 - Introduction to the Prehistoric World
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.
June 24, 2018