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This is a narration of ancient Rome and its history from the founding of Rome in the year 753 BC, until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD. http://www.thetaleofrome.com This podcast is published on a weekly basis, and episodes are around fifteen minutes in length. Episode by episode, the podcast will travel in time, starting from a man called Aeneas who left Troy and settled in Italy. It will continue its trip to the birth of Romulus and Remus, and how they founded Rome. Later yo ...
 
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Episode 49 – Manius Curius Dentatus — He died in the year 270 BC, creating an image of perfect ethics, and a behavior that will be missed, even in the times of the Roman Empire. Life and death of Manius Curius Dentatus, a plebeian who solved the Samnite problem, the Pyrrhus problem, and most problems in the south of Italy. Parcial Transcript Hello,…
 
Episode 48 – 300k — “Do you declare, from your heart, to possess a wife?” A census and a wedding. Rome passes 300 thousand inhabitants, and the Samnites are beaten at Aquilonia. Parcial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 48 — 300k. When Lucius Eugenius, Spurius Attius, and …
 
Episode 47 – The Battle of Sentinum — And Decius Mus didn’t do that, either. The biggest battle of Italy, numerically speaking. The most important one, strategically speaking. We are at the gates of a new era for Rome. Parcial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 47 — The Bat…
 
Episode 46 – The Third Samnite War — That’s right, when the Etruscans heard that Corvus was leading the roman troops, they got into their fort and did not want to come out, not even to check on the weather. For the third time, the Samnites. And some say, third time is a charm. And in this case, it was exactly like that. It’s the last years of Marcu…
 
Episode 45 – Fabius Rullianus and Papirius Cursor — “Fortified camps are to be defended by arms, rather than arms being defended by fortified camps,” Rullianus said. A flashback of an encounter between two heroes of the Samnite Wars. Papirius Cursor and Fabius Rullianus. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome …
 
Episode 43 – The Appian Way – Part Two — The wheelbarrow as we know it, made its appearance in Europe around the tenth century, at the height of the Dark Ages. Part Two of the Appian Way. Tools, laws, and lists of other Roman roads, used at the time. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Ta…
 
Episode 44 – Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — In order to really appreciate the beauty of a beach, one should not be swimming in the sea, neck-deep in the water. Second installment of our Biography episodes. This time, we tackle Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Partial Transcript Plutarch and Dionysius of Halicarnassus — two names …
 
Episode 42 – The Appian Way — And more than once, it happened that clients would get the wrong door, and walk into the school, before they realized, there were no girls there, but young students instead. The Roman road that would make Rome the undisputed powerhouse of Italy. And the life of Appius Claudius, the maker of that road. Partial Transcrip…
 
Episode 41 – The End of the Great War — In the end, Gaius Pontius saw that his old father — Herennius Pontius, had been right all along. Samnia now had a deadly enemy called Rome, and all Romans could think of, was vengeance. The end of the Second Samnite War, from the fall of Apulia, to the inspection of Samnia, by Consul Publius Sempronius. Parti…
 
Episode 40 – Livy and Virgil — Instead, people die the day nobody ever talks about them, or even thinks about them. A biography episode in The Tale of Rome. We compare and contrast two giants of their time. Livy and Virgil. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 40 — Li…
 
— From this point of view, I can hardly wait until we get to the Emperors! Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 39 — State of the Union – 320 BC. This is our third episode of the State of the Union, and as I said in our episode 13, at this time we already have many of…
 
Episode 38 – The First Gladiators — The Romans are a people who do NOT know how to remain quiet after a defeat. Part two of the Roman defeat, at the Caudine Forks. Also, a tribute to those very first gladiators of Rome. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 38 — The Fi…
 
— Aeliana’s body was placed on the left side of her husband Lucius’ body. Everything was going fine for the Romans, until they walked into a canyon, and got trapped. The most humiliating defeat for 50,000 Roman soldiers, at the Caudine Forks. Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 37 — Th…
 
Episode 36 – Death by the Volcano — For thinking that the enemy sent his Triarii too early, the Latins ended up sending their own ones too early, and that cost them the battle. Latins against Romans, on the slopes of Italy’s most famous volcano. And in this battle, we see the death of Publius Decius Mus — the same guy who earned the renowned Grass …
 
— Alcetas, Arymbas, Aeacides, and Pyrrhus. Great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and son. Alexander I of Epirus crosses the sea and comes to Italy, to help Greek cities there. He later dies in a battle against the very people people he came to rescue. Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Epis…
 
Rome and the Latins ready up for war. Romans begins to change battle tactics, gradually abandoning the Phalanx system. And in Greece, Alexander is 16 years old, by now. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 34 — From Crete to Campania. If the ship is to be saved, every…
 
Latins and Romans speak the same language, and worship the same gods. But after the first Samnite War, the Latins felt they were stronger than Rome. And they started to hatch plans, and gather allies. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 33 — Latins and Romans. In tho…
 
He was a Consul of Rome at the age of 23. He would be Consul five more times, and dictator twice. And he lived to be 100. This is our small tribute. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 32 — Marcus Valerius Corvus. The year 342 was hotter than others, and the legionar…
 
Mount Gaurus. Saticula. Suessula. And the awesome story of Publius Decius Mus, who singlehandedly saved a bunch of soldiers from certain death. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 31 — The Grass Crown. We are in the year 343 BC. Or — if you prefer, the year 411 since…
 
Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 30 — The Samnite Mountains. The famous Roman poet Virgil would sometimes write three sentences in a whole day, and then he would delete them, not happy with his work. This is what one day, he wrote in his famous work, known as “The…
 
Finally, Plebeians have a Consul of their own. And just about in the right moment, because the Samnites are knocking on Rome’s doors. We also see the passing of Marcus Furius Camillus. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 29 — The First Plebeian Consul. We are in the …
 
The second start of Rome, after the ashes. Marcus Furius Camillus and Marcus Manlius Capitolinus are the two undisputed heroes of Rome, but one of them will end up a villain. We will also see a miracle at Aeliana’s home. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 28 — The T…
 
The end of our trilogy of the sack of Rome. Brennus is history, and Rome is saved. We also get the best of news from Aeliana and Lucius. Partial Transcript Last week we saw Brennus and Quintus Sulpicius holding meetings to decide the fate of Rome. Both sides were exhausted, both sides had dead piling up on a daily basis, and both sides had an ego l…
 
The Gauls entered Rome. But where’s Lucius? Also, we list the lands that lay around Rome, and see how they’re doing. Finally, a sprint through the men who ruled Rome since the kings are gone. Consuls and Tribunes. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 26 — State of the…
 
The Senons attack and sack the city, all the while Marcus Furius Camillus is banned from Rome. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 25 — Here come the Gauls. Last week we saw how Marcus Furius Camillus was exiled from Rome, after having conquered Veii, and after havin…
 
Five times appointed Dictator of Rome. Four times Military Tribune. Three triumphs along the streets of Rome. So then, why was he kicked out of the city? Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 24 — Marcus Furius Camillus. “Father.” Even though Lucius’ voice was firm and…
 
— And at the end of that day, no one cried for Veii. Not Lucius, and certainly not the slaves. In this episode we get to see the end of Veii. Forever. We also see the emergence of Marcus Furius Camillus. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 23 — Don’t Cry for me, Veii…
 
The life of the man who, when elected Dictator of Rome, decided to give that power back to the Senate, after just 16 days. Why? Simply because he finished the task he was given to do. And then, he went to plant lettuce in the outskirts of Rome. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of …
 
This time Romans don’t fight the Latins. Instead, they have to face the dangerous Aequi tribe. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 19 – The Battle of Mons Algidus. Last week we saw the arrival of the Twelve Tables. Written laws so that all Romans could be tried and t…
 
Finally, laws that can be seen, touched, and learnt by heart. And that’s exactly what illiterate people, as well as lawyers do all over Rome. They recite their brand-new laws, compiled in Twelve Tables by heart. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 18 – The Twelve Tab…
 
Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 17 - The Conflict of the Orders. Last week we kicked the Latin League’s behind, in a battle that lasted far too long into the afternoon, and we all got hungry and ended up missing lunch. Partly by superstition, Roman legionaries carried two types of …
 
Cloelia’s heroism. King Lars Porsenna’s farewell. A threat on the shores of Lake Regillus. A threat so big, that Rome installs a dictator for the first time, in order to survive its institutional infancy. Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 16 – The Battle of Lake Re…
 
— The Romans gave him as much land as he could circle in one day with an ox and a plow, and they’d also give him a cow. During the first years of the republic, Rome was invaded, conquered and taken by Etruscan King Lars Porsenna. But we’ll also hear the Roman version of that, and hopefully know what exactly happened. Partial Transcript http://theta…
 
Partial Transcript Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-002 Welcome to the Tale of Rome, Episode 2 — Immaculate Conception. Last Week we saw how Aeneas managed to escape Troy, and how he finally settled on the western coast of Italy. And we saw how his son came to found a city named Albalonga. Today w…
 
Partial Transcription Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-001 Welcome to the Tale of Rome, Episode 1 — Once Upon a Time. Rome was founded in the year 753 BC, but to start our tale we need to do two things: ONE — I want to tell you a bit about this podcast, as a project, and TWO — we need to travel a …
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-014 Two weeks ago we found ourselves in the middle of the battle of the Arsian forest. On one side, we had the forces of former King Tarquin, together with forces of the Etruscan city of Veii, and on the side there were the forces of Rome, directed by Junius Brutus and Publius Valerius. When Arru…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-013 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 13 — State of the Union – 509 BC. This is our first episode of the State of the Union, and just as many things that happened in Rome for the first time, this episode will have the honor and the duty to es…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-012 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 12 — The First Two Consuls. Last week, we saw—finally, the final moments of the monarchy in Rome. We saw how Tarquin the Proud got locked out of his own city, after the rebellion started by Lucius Brutus …
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-011 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 11 — Rome 1 – Athens 0. This episode has a rather soccer-type title name, because the Romans—let me repeat that, the Romans claim that their republic started in the year 509 BC. Personally, I don’t buy it…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-010 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 10 — The Tyrant and the Sibyl. Last week we saw the end of Servius Tullius’ life, and how his son-in-law usurped the throne of Rome. And luckily, I already gave you guys a brief description of this kings’…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-009 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 9 — Killed by his own Daughter. Last week we saw the end of Tarquin the Elder, and how Servius Tullius became the sixth king of Rome. This week, we’ll see how this Tale continues. The one thing we need to…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-008 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 8 — Tarquin the Elder. Last week we saw the life of Ancus Marcius and Rome’s expansion to the Mediterranean Sea. This week we’ll see the life of Tarquin, aptly nicknamed “the Elder” –after he managed to s…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-006 Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast. The Tale of Rome, Episode 6 — Tullus Hostilius’ Holy Cow. Last week we saw how—after forty years of peace, Rome went back to its martial virtues. By the hand of King Tullus Hostilius, Rome went back to war, and it doesn’t seem str…
 
Partial Transcript http://www.thetaleofrome.com/rome-003 Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to the Tale of Rome, Episode 3 — Roman M Seeking F. Last week we saw how, after many generations, Rome was established at the edge of the river Tiber, and we also saw how Romulus, Numitor’s grandson—and son of Rhea Silvia and god Mars…
 
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