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English, History, 4 seasons, 299 episodes, 1 day 17 hours 53 minutes
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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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Genghis Khan, Part One (debrief)

Our usual look at the source material which although is in abundance, can still lead to confusion in piecing together the exact sequence of events. Plus some news about the Podcast Show 2024.
26/02/202411 minutes 23 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 22nd February 2024

GREAT JOURNEYS - We explore some of the great journeys, some fruitful, others fruitless. Hannibal's famous trek across the Alps, Zhang Qian's discovery of the Silk Road, the Viking establishment of Kyivan Rus' far from their homeland and the People's Crusade led by Peter the Hermit.
22/02/20241 hour 2 minutes 34 seconds
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The Battle of Zhongdu (debrief)

A deeper look into the source material used for the podcast and an addition to the website which will help all HotWorlders access information about those sources quickly and easily. Plus, its the end of an era for the History of the World podcast.
12/02/202413 minutes 49 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 8th February 2024

MASTERS OF WAR (2) - We travel back in time to the 4th Century BCE and the tension filled world of the Greeks and Persians, where the greatest military commanders needed to be truly great to prevail. Featuring Epaminondas, Philip II of Macedon, Darius III of Persia and Alexander the Great.
08/02/202455 minutes 38 seconds
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The Mongols, Part One (debrief)

A look at the source material for the first Mongol episode, alongside an acknowledgement of how history can change somebody's name such as that of Genghis Khan.
29/01/202413 minutes 2 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 22nd January 2024

MASTERS OF WAR (1) - Looking back at some of the greatest military commanders and leaders in history. This week we review Egyptian Pharoah Ramesses II, Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III, Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great and Athenian General Themistocles.
22/01/202451 minutes 17 seconds
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China: Song Dynasty (debrief)

Our usual look at the source materials that we used for this week's episode, including a look at how Chat GPT has come in useful for targetting important information on the worldwide web.
15/01/202414 minutes 39 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 8th January 2024

HUMAN ANCESTORS (2) - We pick up from our last magazine episode and track the story of human ancestry from the emergence of the neanderthals and the first Homo sapiens, through to the events that left Homo sapiens as the last species on earth. We look at the earliest innovations of art and how humans adapted to the varying global climates.
08/01/202453 minutes 55 seconds
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China: Tang Dynasty (debrief)

A discussion on the source material used for the Tang Dynasty episode, plus a brief look at what's ahead in 2024, plus some information about the challenges of writing chronological medieval history and pronouncing words in different languages that you have no knowledge of.
01/01/202418 minutes 8 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 25th December 2023

HUMAN ANCESTORS (1) - In this episode we will be going right back to the very beginning, looking into the first upright walkers, then the australopithecines, homo habilis, homo erectus, hand tool construction, fire production and homo heidelbergensis.
25/12/202331 minutes 27 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 11th December 2023

UNLIKELY VICTORIES (2) - In this edition of the magazine we look back at some of history's victories in battle against the odds. Clontarf (1014), Legnano (1176), Rio Salado (1340) and Agincourt (1415).
11/12/202343 minutes 30 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 27th November 2023

UNLIKELY VICTORIES (1) - In this edition of the magazine we look back at some of history's victories in battle against the odds. Salamis (480BCE), Zela (47BCE) and Edington (878)
27/11/202327 minutes 10 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 16th November 2023

This week's journey back in time will take us to the iconic Crusader Battle of Arsuf, the apogees of the Umayyad Caliphate and the Roman Empire and to the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge.
16/11/20231 hour 13 minutes 19 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 2nd November 2023

This podcast episode of the magazine takes a closer look at Ötzi the Iceman, the Roman Emperor Vaspasian, the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in the United States and the Ayyubid Sultan, Saladin. There is also a "state of the podcast" address within this episode.
02/11/202346 minutes 21 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 10th October 2023

Join us on this busy little tour of history where we will be visiting the pre-historic village of Çatalhöyük, the affluent times in the middle of the second millennium BCE, the Battle of Actium which directly involved the famous Egyptian Queen Pharoah Cleopatra, and how medieval feudalism in Europe became a thing of the past.
09/10/202348 minutes 45 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 60 - BATTLE - The Battle of Dan-no-ura ( 1185 )

1185 - Tension between the clans during the Heian period of Japanese history was reaching boiling point particularly after the Taira clan had expelled the Minamoto from the capital city of Heian-kyu (Kyoto). The result was the outbreak of the Genpei War, and the Battle of Dan-no-ura was the concluding episode of this war.
26/09/202349 minutes 48 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 59 - Heian Japan

794 - 1180 - We are covering the period of Japan's history from the relocation of the capital city to Heian-kyō up to the outbreak of the Genpei War.
16/09/202341 minutes 42 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 58 - Ancient Japan

40000 BCE - 794 CE - We haven't studied Japan in too much detail until now, so it is necessary for us to introduce the story of the islands from the very beginning.
05/09/202339 minutes 54 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 1st September 2023

This week's magazine episode takes us back to pre-historic Europe when modern humans met the neanderthals, ancient Mesoamerica where we encounter the Olmecs, Classical Rome where we study the early years of the life of Julius Caesar, and the story of the first Europeans to visit New York City.
01/09/202351 minutes 58 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 16th August 2023

In this week's episode we look back on the mysterious Mitochondrial Eve, the mysterious Xia dynasty of ancient China, and the not so mysterious Battle of Carrhae between the Roman Republic and the Parthian Persian Empire.
16/08/202335 minutes 21 seconds
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The Cholas (debrief)

Any opportunity for everybody to enjoy a debrief episode where we talk in further depth about the experience of making this episode and some of the sources used to get it done.
08/08/202311 minutes 40 seconds
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SPECIAL - Historiography

This episode essentially talks about the history of history writing, and what history writing has meant for the wider world over the timelines of history itself.
30/07/202349 minutes 8 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 25th July 2023

In this week's magazine episode, we will be looking at what chimpanzees can teach us about how our ancestral species communicated with each other, we will be examining the artistry of the Indus Valley Civilisation, and we will be looking at the final conflict of the Second Punic War between the Carthaginians and the Romans.
25/07/202347 minutes 31 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 18th July 2023

In this week's magazine we look back at Europe as the Western Roman Empire fell, the Battle of Cannae when Hannibal's Carthaginians met the Romans in battle, the fantastic story of the Trojan War, and how to make your own stone age tool using hard hammering percussion.
18/07/202339 minutes 30 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 10th July 2023

In this episode, we'll be looking back at the paleoanthropologist Eugene Dubois; the relationship between the Mycenaeans and the Minoans; the incredible journey of Hannibal across the Alps; and the rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire.
10/07/202356 minutes 17 seconds
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SPECIAL - The History of Thailand

The complete journey from the beginnings of human occupation right through to the aftermath of the death of King Rama IX, and everything in between. We explore the reasons why Thailand has such a unique identity but also how it is a nation of divided opinions.
03/07/202356 minutes 37 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 26th June 2023

The History of the World podcast is five years old, so we go back and listen to an excerpt from the first ever episode, as well as looking at the modern evolution of writing, the enigmatic King Pyrrhus of Epirus and the reason why the Mayans caused some to believe that the world would end in the year 2012.
26/06/202342 minutes 28 seconds
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SPECIAL - Easy Company

1942 - 1945 - Easy Company were such a closely knit unit of men, that they have been referred to as a "band of brothers", a phrase inspired by the writing of William Shakespeare. Follow the Second World War story of these United States army paratroopers.
19/06/202353 minutes 47 seconds
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SPECIAL - Elizabethan Sea Dogs

1532 - 1624 - With the advent of transatlantic seafaring came the opportunity for Spain to become great. Queen Elizabeth I of England wanted to limit Spanish power and so she would grant her greatest naval commanders a free reign, bringing some great characters to the fore.
12/06/202351 minutes 26 seconds
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The History of the World podcast Magazine - 5th June 2023

Unscripted (52) - In this episode of the podcast, we look back at the day of the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066, the incredible geoglyphic creations of the Nazca cultures of Ancient Peru, the amazing life of the early modern King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolfus, and what happened to Egypt after the fall of the New Kingdom.
05/06/202350 minutes 44 seconds
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SPECIAL - The Pre-Columbian Mound Builders of North America

800 BCE - 1750 CE - This episode serves as a general overview of the archaeological cultures of North America and their connections to each other, as we learn more about the type of people who were living in the eastern United States before the arrival of Europeans.
29/05/202344 minutes 35 seconds
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Unscripted (51) ( Retrospective special )

Join us on this journey back in time to New Kingdom Egypt, Ptolemaic Egypt, Classical World China, and medieval Iceland.
08/05/202340 minutes 5 seconds
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BONUS - The Ancient World Cup Final

A special preview of the Ancient World Cup Final between the Ancient Egyptians and The Romans
27/03/202341 minutes 28 seconds
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Unscripted (50) ( Retrospective special )

Something completely new for the History of the World podcast.  While we wait for the new episode, we revive some of the great stories that we have already told in years gone by.  Plus the result of the first semi-final of the History of the World podcast Ancient World Cup.
06/03/202341 minutes 27 seconds
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Unscripted (49)

News about the next proper episode of the podcast and a catch up with some of the e-mails and reviews.
05/01/202313 minutes
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Unscripted (48) ( Boxing Day )

Another festive catch up and an opportunity to discuss the notion of Boxing Day and a bit about its traditional history.
26/12/202212 minutes 51 seconds
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Unscripted (47) ( Christmas Day )

A long awaited catch up with Chris on Christmas Day, with a little look into the whole tradition of Christmas Day and why it even exists as it does.
25/12/202216 minutes 12 seconds
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Unscripted (46) ( Strangers )

In this week's unscripted episode, we'll be discussing why there are unscripted episodes at all, we'll be answering History of the World podcast illuminati member, Corben Havener's question about when prehistoric tribes became big enough that not all individual members could know all others, and we'll be looking ahead at the final episodes of our journey through medieval Europe.
12/12/202217 minutes 31 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 37 - BATTLE - The Battle of Hattin ( 1187 )

1187 - After the situation settled down after the Second Crusade, the Fatimid Caliphate in Egypt collapsed making way for the Muslim icon, Saladin, to become a national leader and an imperial warlord.  After bringing together a number of Muslim realms, the next target would be the infidels of Christian Outremer.
07/11/202245 minutes 42 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 36 - Crusades in the Holy Land, Part Two

1099 - 1302 - After the conclusion of the First Crusade, four Christian nation states were established in the Levant.  These Crusader States would have to battle for their survival over the next two hundred years, and this episode focuses on that protracted battle.
31/10/202250 minutes 36 seconds
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Vol 4 Ep 31 - Christian Monasticism

251 - 1221 - From the isolated hermit lifestyle of Saint Anthony in Egypt through to the medicant style of monasticism of Saint Dominic, we explore the diverse and ever changing fortunes and faces of the first millennium of Christian monasticism.
26/09/202254 minutes 19 seconds
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SPECIAL - New Netherland

1607 - 1674 - The turbulent story of the 17th Century Dutch colony in North America which signified the birth of the modern city of New York, and saw the difficulties faced between European nations and Native American peoples.
29/08/202251 minutes 58 seconds
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SPECIAL - The History of Crete

5330000 BCE - today - We condense the history of the Mediterranean island of Crete into one episode, plotting the ages of the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Etocretans, Romans, Aghlabids, Venetians, Ottomans and Nazi Germans, as well as the ultimate mother culture of Greece itself.
22/08/20221 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
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SPECIAL - The Khoisan peoples

150000 BCE - today - Who are the Khoisan people and why are they so different to all other human life on the planet?  How has their lifestyle been affected by the many waves of migrations into their lands?  What traditions of their culture have they carried into today's world and where do they fit into today's society?
15/08/202248 minutes 58 seconds
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Unscripted (45)

The final unscripted episode before resuming full episodes next week.  We provide you with a summary of the upcoming episodes and then catch up with all of the latest listener messages and reviews.
08/08/202221 minutes 16 seconds
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Unscripted (44) ( Saxo Grammaticus )

A catch up on the listener messages and reviews and a brief mention on who Saxo Grammaticus was and what influence he had on Denmark and literature.
03/08/202223 minutes 19 seconds
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Unscripted (43) ( Old Swiss Confederacy )

A state of the podcast address with some important and exciting news about the next full episode.  We also discuss the origin of the nation of Switzerland by looking at the alliance of cantons that symbolises the beginnings of this modern country.
02/08/202221 minutes 20 seconds
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Unscripted (42)

The usual state of the podcast updates and all of your kind messages and reviews in one place.
19/07/202216 minutes 6 seconds
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Unscripted (41) ( The House of Knýtlinga )

A quick dive into the Scandinavian dynasty also called Gorm and Jelling, descended from Vikings and producing the mighty multi-national king Cnut the Great.
18/07/202226 minutes
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Unscripted (40) ( Tostig Godwinson )

An off the cuff focus on the younger brother of King Harold II of England and his unique story.
05/07/202224 minutes 7 seconds
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Unscripted (39)

A long awaited update from the History of the World podcast including an update on what's been going on in June, plus a look forward at what we may expect in July.
04/07/202219 minutes 6 seconds
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Unscripted (38)

A look forward to the special episodes coming soon thanks to the ideas put forward by members of the History of the World podcast illuminati, including the latest listener messages and review.  We look forward to the Chalke Valley History Festival and the podcast's fourth birthday.
21/06/202226 minutes 55 seconds
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Unscripted (37)

We catch up with all the listener messages and reviews from the last two weeks and welcome the new members of the History of the World Podcast illuminati.
15/06/202214 minutes 5 seconds
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Unscripted (36)

Find out about my visit to the Podcast Show 2022 in London this past May, and we fondly remember our good friend Nick Barksdale who sadly passed away this month.
14/06/202220 minutes 22 seconds
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Unscripted (35)

In this, the second of two unscripted episodes this weekend, we introduce the team competing in Group L of the Ancient World Cup and look ahead at what we can expect from the upcoming episodes of Volume Four.
07/02/202223 minutes 27 seconds
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Unscripted (34)

This episode of the History of the World podcast focuses on listener media interaction by reading out your messages and reviews.
06/02/202224 minutes 35 seconds
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SPECIAL - The Mississippian Culture

800 - 1600 - In this special episode we explore the culmination of many millenniums of mound building cultures in the lands of the modern United States and find out what happened to them when European colonisers arrived in the sixteenth century.
01/11/202157 minutes 8 seconds
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Unscripted (33)

The final unscripted episode before new episodes are released from next week and a final look at what's to come in Volume Four before we start our long journey through medieval history.
18/10/202135 minutes 56 seconds
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Unscripted (32)

Big news on this week's unscripted episode regarding the launch date for Volume Four and information about a couple of special episodes to come later this month.
11/10/202128 minutes 6 seconds
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Unscripted (31)

Another look ahead to Volume 4 and a preview of what we can expect to hear about South East Asia.  We discuss what humans consider to be aesthetically beautiful about other human beings, and provide news regarding two upcoming special episodes.
04/10/202134 minutes 27 seconds
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Unscripted (30) ( The Twelve Olympians )

An informal look at the Greek pantheon of Olympian deities and what they are individually best known for.  Also we present all of the usual weekly updates and correspondence from the best podcast audience ever.
27/09/202132 minutes 1 second
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Unscripted (29)

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.
20/09/202124 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
13/09/202128 minutes 11 seconds
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Unscripted (27)

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.
06/09/202117 minutes 44 seconds
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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?
30/08/202129 minutes 32 seconds
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Unscripted (25)

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.
23/08/202123 minutes
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Unscripted (24)

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.
16/08/202126 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
08/08/202126 minutes 9 seconds
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Unscripted (22)

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.
02/08/202125 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
26/07/202124 minutes 11 seconds
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Unscripted (20)

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.
31/05/202124 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
29/03/20211 hour 6 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
20/09/202041 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
13/09/202041 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
31/05/202058 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
24/05/202051 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
17/05/202041 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
10/05/202042 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
03/05/202051 minutes 29 seconds
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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.
26/04/202053 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
19/04/202042 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
12/04/202042 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
05/04/202041 minutes 49 seconds
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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.
29/03/202045 minutes 53 seconds
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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.
22/03/202042 minutes 48 seconds
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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?
15/03/202046 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
08/03/202043 minutes 44 seconds
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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?
01/03/202045 minutes 8 seconds
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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?
23/02/202048 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
16/02/202050 minutes 47 seconds
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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?
09/02/202044 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
02/02/202047 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
26/01/202038 minutes 19 seconds
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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?
19/01/202042 minutes 4 seconds
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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?
12/01/202041 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
05/01/202045 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
29/12/201942 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
22/12/201946 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
15/12/201942 minutes 29 seconds
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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.
09/12/201922 minutes 22 seconds
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Unscripted (16)

A look forward to the subject matter for Volume 3, plus an announcement regarding when the first episode will come out.
01/12/201917 minutes 15 seconds
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Unscripted (15) ( The First Day Ever )

On what date, in which year was the first day ever?
24/11/201919 minutes 15 seconds
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Unscripted (14) ( Kassites )

The most successful dynasty of Babylon, in terms of longevity, is not talked about enough, until now.
17/11/201923 minutes 1 second
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Unscripted (13)

A light hearted look at the History of the World podcast's history on YouTube.
10/11/201918 minutes 13 seconds
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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?
03/11/201926 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
27/10/201921 minutes 48 seconds
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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?
20/10/201924 minutes 56 seconds
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Unscripted (9)

A short and sweet debrief following the conclusion of volume two, and a look ahead at what is coming soon.
13/10/201914 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
06/10/201953 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
29/09/201942 minutes 15 seconds
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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?
22/09/201940 minutes 19 seconds
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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?
15/09/201941 minutes 47 seconds
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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.
08/09/201940 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
01/09/201940 minutes 47 seconds
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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?
25/08/201936 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
18/08/201947 minutes 19 seconds
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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?
11/08/201942 minutes 50 seconds
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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?
04/08/201942 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
28/07/201938 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
21/07/201942 minutes 17 seconds
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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?
14/07/201945 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
07/07/201950 minutes 34 seconds
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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.
30/06/201944 minutes 58 seconds
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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.
23/06/201938 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
16/06/201945 minutes 40 seconds
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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?
09/06/201952 minutes 53 seconds
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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?
02/06/201945 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
26/05/201946 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
19/05/201951 minutes 32 seconds
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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.
12/05/201952 minutes 36 seconds
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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.
05/05/201942 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
28/04/201949 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
21/04/201952 minutes 59 seconds
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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.
14/04/201943 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
07/04/201942 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
31/03/201949 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
24/03/201946 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
17/03/201948 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
10/03/201951 minutes 21 seconds
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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?
03/03/201946 minutes 55 seconds
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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.
24/02/201938 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
17/02/201939 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
10/02/201952 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
03/02/201943 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
27/01/201946 minutes 53 seconds
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Unscripted (8) ( Lascaux )

We take a brief look at the unignorable prehistoric cave art of Lascaux and why it could have been created.
20/01/201916 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
13/01/201924 minutes 6 seconds
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Unscripted (6)

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.
06/01/201917 minutes 42 seconds
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Unscripted (5) - Review of 2018

Put on your tuxedo or your evening gown for the prestigious 2018 History of the World podcast awards ceremony.
30/12/201817 minutes 7 seconds
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Unscripted (4) ( Piltdown Man )

We discuss the incredible story of Piltdown Man as well as provide updates relating to the state of the podcast.
23/12/201818 minutes 50 seconds
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Unscripted (3)

A brief look forward to the next volume of podcasts focusing on the Ancient World.
16/12/201816 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
02/12/201837 minutes 55 seconds
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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.
25/11/201837 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
18/11/201836 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
11/11/201838 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
04/11/201845 minutes 36 seconds
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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.
28/10/201845 minutes 44 seconds
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Unscripted (2)

A look at some of the correspondence and other podcasts that have inspired the History of the World podcast.
21/10/201819 minutes
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Unscripted (1)

A brief look at the history and the future of the History of the World podcast.
14/10/201817 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
07/10/201843 minutes 3 seconds
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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.
30/09/201838 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
23/09/201841 minutes 21 seconds
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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.
16/09/201844 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
09/09/201840 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
02/09/201839 minutes 3 seconds
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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?
26/08/201837 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
19/08/201839 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
12/08/201842 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
05/08/201840 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
29/07/201835 minutes 35 seconds
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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?
22/07/201829 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
15/07/201831 minutes 53 seconds
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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.
08/07/201833 minutes 59 seconds
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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.
02/07/201831 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
26/06/201836 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
24/06/201836 minutes 28 seconds